The towns / A sporting view
Grésy was inhabited in the Bronze Age, built by the Romans, and at times has been a part of regions as varied as Narbon and Geneva. As a town, Grésy has never ceased to evolve. Situated on the Roman Way leading from Lac Léman, the town marks the turning point to Annecy. Its location quickly made it strategically important. It depended upon Narbonne until the 4th century, when its governance transferred to the city of Geneva, and it joined the House of Savoy on 3rd September 1749. On 28th January 1798, Grésy-en-Genevois became Grésy-sur-Aix. Since August 1973, Grésy has been the county town of the canton, extending over 1,273 hectares, 75% of which is agricultural land. Because of its dynamism and energy, Grésy offers all the advantages and services of a mid-sized town. A sound environmental policy has created a beautiful setting and inhabitants can easily escape from the town into the surrounding countryside and mountains. The town’s exceptional environment truly enchants visitors!
Built faithfully to Savoyard tradition, Valmorel is an authentic village made up of small hamlets which fits perfectly in its natural surroundings. Wooden cladding, traditional roofing slates and building height restrictions make this an inviting place where family and friends can enjoy spending time together in a friendly setting. For the winter season, everything has been imagined to provide easy access to the 160km of slopes - guests can set out from (and return to) the apartments on their skis. In summer, visitors can use the ski lifts to access the mountains, a blissfully peaceful place combining pastoralism and tourism offering the opportunity for unexpected encounters. There are a whole host of family activities in the resort - from mountain biking to tennis, not forgetting adventure trails, a swimming pool, mountain boarding, paragliding, etc. One of Valmorel's most distinctive features is its main street, running through the centre of the village. Dotted with a range of shops and restaurants, it is the natural stage for a multitude of events and activities.
Jersey wearers after the stage 8
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