The French Genevois, at the origins of the great Geneva

The Genevois or Génevois group includes all French cities located in the vicinity of the Swiss city of Geneva, divided between Ain (01) and Haute-Savoie (74). This historic territory has the capital Annemasse and is located between Lake Annecy and the Swiss border, at the gates of Lake Geneva. The privileged geographical situation, the presence of winter sports resorts nearby and the frequently organized events make the happiness of the inhabitants and make this region a tourist destination of choice throughout the year.

The Genevois, an attractive region all year round

While some municipalities are less frequented by tourists, even in season, they are still popular with those who wish to move near the Haute-Savoie and Lake Geneva: they benefit from the calm, authenticity and dynamism that characterize the Genevois or Génevois. Real estate on the Swiss border is very much on the side, as in the whole canton of Geneva, and the average rent is high even for a small number of rooms. In the radius of the benefits, no need for private vehicles to reach Switzerland, one can reach Geneva by the line of bus or thanks to a line of train in less than one hour according to the city of departure. The region of Geneva also gives pride of place to gastronomy: there are many typical farm and craft products, as well as many weekly markets in the municipalities of Valleiry, Viry, Collonges-sous-Salève or Saint Julien en Genevois to to quote them. Between Lake Geneva and Mont-Blanc resorts, the Geneva is a country that offers a great lifestyle and an exceptional setting between lake and mountain with an opening on the canton of Geneva and Switzerland. The region has given its name to the hospital Annecy Genevois.

Tourism in Greater Geneva

The Genevois includes remarkable natural sites such as the mountains of Geneva that are Salève and Vuache: a paradise for climbing enthusiasts, Mount Salève offers at its summit a unique panorama of Lake Geneva and Geneva, on Mont Blanc and on the Jura massif. It is reached by cable car from Veyrier: architectural jewel, this cable car put into service in the 30s takes you to the summit in a few minutes. In Présilly, the Maison du Salève offers exhibitions, workshops and events to discover Mount Salève and its cultural heritage. The largest city in Geneva, Annemasse is located less than 10 km from the center of Geneva. The Swiss city offers a rich heritage to discover: its iconic water jet, but also its old town, its flower clock and museums. The beautiful Annecy, the resort of Chamonix or the medieval village of Yvoire are also destinations within easy reach of the Genevois, crossroads of territories with rich heritage. Around the city of Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, each village has its own remarkable heritage: chapels, churches, fountains and washhouses. Among the monuments not to be missed include for example the churches of Viry, Saint-Etienne-de-Beaumont or Chenex. The visits to be made in the surroundings and the opening on Geneve make climb the coast of the rent of the houses in full season, whatever their range. Indeed, you can reach Geneva in 40 minutes from Saint Julien en Genevois thanks to the train line, and it will take the same time to reach Geneva from the old town of Annemasse by taking the bus line 61. If the rent private housing is up, the movement of private vehicles is not.

Relaxation and well-being in the Geneva region

Quiet and preserved, the Genevois benefits from the dynamism of Greater Geneva while offering a relaxing living environment. Many facilities and high-end wellness service providers are located in the Annemasse area and the city of Saint-Julien-en-Genevois. Spa or Hammam in the heart of Annemasse, complete aquatic center as the Blue Castle or large-scale wellness complex like Vitam, the offer is wide. For fitness or relaxation, the center of Neydens offers both swimming pools, spa areas and sports fields. You will find a water park with activities for children and adults: aquagym, aquaboxing, aquafitness or aquabiking, among more than a dozen disciplines. The spa section offers varied courses and wellness treatments: steam room, sauna, balneotherapy, massages, and body treatments. To keep fit and relax, several sports activities can be practiced thanks to the facilities of the center: fitness, climbing, badminton or squash. You will find rooms in the surrounding area for well-being stays. A playground for the youngest includes laser labyrinths, slides, monkey bridges, acrobatic courses and arcade games. On site there is also a shopping gallery to wander between sessions and restaurants for a well-deserved lunch break.

In the vicinity you can also visit Megève, Annecy Lake, Aix les Bains, Saint Gervais les Bains, Les Aravis and Chamonix Mont Blanc.

For more information on the French Genevois and the country of Gex, do not hesitate to consult the sites of communities commmunes and inform you in particular about the events:

Walks and hikes south of Geneva

Crossroads of landscapes and cultures, the Genevois is also an ideal destination for hiking. Nearly 350 km of marked hiking trails allow you to discover the country of Geneva from various angles, at a pace of experienced hiker or a simple family walk. The GR du Balcon du Léman walks along the ridges all around the lake. The Balcon des Crêts offers views of Lake Annecy, Mont Blanc and the Arve Valley, not far from the Annecy Genevois hospital, which is reminiscent of the region. Well documented, the geological trail of Orjobet cave is also dedicated to experienced hikers. It includes technical parts and air passages. Specific hikes for young people exist in Geneva: In the city of Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, the youngest inhabitants learn to hike through a real treasure hunt. Also fun and original, hiking with donkeys can be undertaken at the top of Salève and in the valley Usses. A pleasant way to walk in the pastures between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc.

What to do in the surroundings of Geneva

Many outdoor activities await you in the Genevois, from the most family-like adventure courses in the trees, to the most sensational as paragliding. Mountain region, the Genevois is conducive to water sports, cycling, air sports and winter sports. Its lakes and streams allow for a variety of leisure activities such as waterfall descents for canyoning activities, white water sports such as rafting or hydrospeed on the Dranse or Giffre, or downhill runs. canoe on the old Rhone. Cycling and mountain biking stages also mark this region with varied terrain: descent of Salève, walk in the Rhone valley, or hilly circuits on the side of Annemasse, itineraries of all levels await you. Between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc, the Salève massif is finally conducive to snow sports in winter: the slopes of the Croisette are ideal to learn to ski downhill. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are also practiced. Paragliding is not the only aerial sport of the Genevois: free fall, climbing and Via Ferrata are also on the program in the area.

Family activities in the French Genevois

Land of sports and leisure, the Genevois offers many activities and outings to do with the family. The province has several theme parks: in Andilly, the Tout Petit Pays offers you an immersion in a miniature and magical world. At the gates of Geneva, the island of Tortuga is the largest indoor leisure park in France for children. The Vitam family leisure park includes an aquatic complex, wellness areas, climbing walls and squash courts. In Monnetier-Mornex, the original Filenvol park offers a beautiful trail in the trees. The country of Geneva also has several Escape games, paintball sites, bowling alleys and cinemas. Several animal parks are also found in the area: the Chosal farm in Copponex, in a traditional and typical local style, and Tropicaland which mixes dinosaur reconstitution and encounters with real kangaroos. Absolutely essential, the Hamlet of Santa Claus and the Park of Scarecrows are emblematic of the Genevois.

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