Welcome to Samoëns
Samoëns is the only resort in France to be designated a
historical monument. There are medieval fountains, nine chapels
dating back to the 15th century, and many other shrines and rustic
buildings. Samoëns has a long tradition of stonecutters, and
evidence of that is visible everywhere.
While there has been recent development in the area, Samoëns has
maintained its rustic charm. There are more than 25 restaurants,
including the La Cheminée cafe and Le Bois de Lune, which tend to
be filled with more locals than tourists. There isn't much
nightlife to speak of, but there is at least one nightclub, and
Covey's Irish Pub is popular with expats.
Skiing in Samoëns is geared mostly toward intermediate and
advanced skiers, as the vertical rise is large, but there are
gentler slopes for beginners. There are fewer high-tech amenities,
but many activities you won't find in other resorts, like horse and
carriage rides, farm tours at the Ecomuseum Farm le Clos Parchet,
and the nearby national park Cirque du Fer-a-Cheval, which offers
white water rafting, kayaking, hiking and mountain climbing. The
town also hosts a weekly market, and there is a public pool and
waterslide which contributes to Samoëns' popularity as a summer
While it is possible to take the SAT bus from Geneva or Cluses,
having a car is the best way to get to Samoëns.
Information & Facts
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
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and
last Sunday in October).