Information & Facts
Non-skiing holidaymakers will find lots to do in Tignes,
including dog sledding, paragliding and hang gliding, ice and rock
climbing, horseriding, walking, mountain biking and iceskating.
There are also fitness and spa centres that offer jacuzzis, saunas,
a beauty parlour and swimming pools. In March and April scuba
diving tours under the ice (Tignes Le Lac) are run by the Adventure
School. Summer skiing is also available on the Grand Motte glacier
with over 25 miles (40km) of runs open.
French is the official language.
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can
be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels,
though you will get a better exchange rate at the ATMs. Major
credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques,
particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not
Tignes is a purpose-built resort and those seeking a traditional
French-chalet style atmosphere will be disappointed. The resort is
popular and prices are accordingly high. The nightlife and
après-ski action is limited.
The nightlife in Tignes is relatively quiet, and those seeking a
more active scene will have to head to neighbouring Val d'Isère.
Numerous bars and cafes cater to the off-the-slopes crowd, and
several discos shake until the early hours, but the village
authorities do not tolerate wild partying in the streets and
general rowdiness is likely to bring on a large fine or a visit to
the local jail. Tignes Le Lac and Val Claret are the liveliest
Numerous restaurants in Tignes cater to the different tastes and
budgets of all holidaymakers with a wide selection of international
cuisine and local Savoyard fare, from American-style fast food,
pizzerias and a taste of Mexico to crèperies and chicken cordon
bleu. Local specialities can be found at the Brasserie du Petit
Savoyard in Val Claret and Le Brasero in Le Lavachet. Gourmets will
be satisfied at Hotel Ski d'Or or Le Caveau in Val Claret.
With over 150 shops, holiday visitors wanting to shop till they
drop will be able to find almost everything in the resort area from
upmarket French boutiques to sports equipment and tourist items.
Markets offer homemade goods with a traditional French flavour.
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and
last Sunday in October).