SUMMER = Fresh Mountain Air = St Gervais Mont Blanc
The flocks of Saint-Gervais sheep have always grazed on green grass, summer and winter. The secret of the shepherds? A naturally hot water source. In 1806, intrigued by this discovery, the Genevan notary, Maître Gontard, had samples of this miraculous water analysed. Its discovery gave birth to a thermal spa built as close as possible to the source in 1807. Saint-Gervais then became Saint-Gervais-Les Bains, a popular holiday resort where people come to take the waters to cure their ailments.
This village in the Pays du Mont Blanc area offers a combination of hydrotherapy, mountain and alpine sports. It is from Saint-Gervais-les-Bains that the Mont Blanc tramway departs. In the summer, this highest train in France offers magnificent views of the Mont Blanc mountain range all along the route. It takes passengers up to the Nid d'Aigle at an altitude of 2,372 m, as well as the Bionnassay glacier. In winter, this train from St Gervas takes skiers up to the Bellevue plateau.
Parapenting, water sports and golf are all easily available nearby. St Gervais also has a Swimming pool complex with indoor and open air swimming, an ice rink, tennis courts and mini golf. For those who would like to relax at the St Gervais famous thermal parc offers therapies and massage and swimming in the thermal waters of the spa pool.
The Mont Blanc area of St Gervais is very popular in summer for a good reason - it has a huge number of summer activities on offer including open air concerts and firework displays, alfresco eating at the many restaurants which flow out onto the main square adding a true cosmopolitan cafe culture. St Gervais has an extensive range of shops, supermarkets, bars, art galleries, theatre and restaurants and every week there is a market, when the village's main square becomes a hive of activity. Parapenting, water sports and golf are all easily available nearby. St Gervais Mont Blanc also has a swimming pool complex with indoor and open air swimming, an ice rink, tennis courts and mini golf. For those who would like to relax at the St Gervais Mont Blanc famous thermal parc which offers therapies and massage and swimming in the thermal waters of the spa pool.
The Mont Blanc region has become known as the centre for Alpine activities, and for good reason, as the choice of activities available is vast: walking, biking, climbing, mountaineering, paragliding, rafting and canyoning. The towns of St Gervais, Megève and Chamonix have excellent infrastructure including year-round lift access to the slopes.
The hugely atmospheric St Gervais Foire Agricole is a must see event when the towns square is filled with cattle, goats and sheep brought down from the mountains for the final parade and prize giving prior to the winter months.