A Savoie town of around 19,500 inhabitants, Albertville benefits from a privileged location at the heart of the Alps, in the beautiful Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. Discover the charms of its many attractive features during your stay at the Brit Hotel Le Florimont.
Labelled since 2003 as a ‘Town of Art and History’, Albertville is brimming with historical sites worth visiting. For example, you can follow the Pays d’Albertville’s circuit of fortifications: begin with the Tourmotte relics, an old motte-and-bailey castle from the 11th century, looking over a small ancient village. Carry on moving higher, discover the Fort de Tarnié and its Acrofort then continue up to an altitude of 144m, to the Fort de la Batterie opposite Mont-Blanc, where you will have an unobstructed view over the Ugine valley.
Finally, look over the Pays d’Albertville from an altitude of 1,130m, by visiting the Fort du Mont. The medieval town of Conflans is also one of the must-see sites in Albertville. Discover the intact charms of this 14th-century enclosure, its traditional façades and its fountains, with guided, free or audio-guided visits, with versions for adults and children.
For example, you can visit the Museum of Art and History situated in the Maison Rouge.
A key moment in the history of Albertville, the town hosted the Winter Olympics in February 1992 and has since conserved traces of this event: you can relive this time yourself, heading from the town centre to the Olympic Park, to discover among other things the House of the Winter Olympic Games (a museum which traces the Olympic adventure in Savoie), the DOME cultural complex, the Olympic cauldron or the headquarters of OCOG.
The Pays d’Albertville also has a very rich religious heritage, and is full of chapels and churches, each one more authentic than the last.
Among them, the Saint Jean Baptiste Church in a Neogothic ‘troubadour’ style, the Church of Conflans at the heart of the medieval town or the Church of Mercury and its unique collection of 54 wooden statues.
During the winter period, numerous outdoor activities are on offer, especially for lovers of board sports!
At the top of the Pays d’Albertville, enjoy winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing or tobogganing at the resorts of Sambuy, Val de Tamié or Les Rafforts.
During the summer, everyone will find what they’re looking for thanks to the many choices of outdoor activity on offer: you can climb the summits on an Alpine hike, go on a horse ride in the uplands, go mountain-biking towards Beaufortain and the Val d’Arly, take the bicycle route towards Lake Annecy, admire the fauna and flora on a hiking trail, discover the agricultural and wine-making traditions on the hillside or if you like more quirky activities, you can get a great breath of oxygen by taking part in an urban or cross-country Segway trip, across one to three-hour originally-themed circuits!
And if you prefer to throw yourself into the water, you can try out water-skiing at the Ste-Hélène-sur-Isère Lake, or canyoning, rafting, wakeboarding or cable-skiing on the lake of Montailleur
Tempt yourself with Savoie’s authentic and pleasant cuisine during your stay in Albertville! Among its leading products are the Savoie cheeses such as Beaufort, Reblochon or Abondance, taste the regional dishes such as Savoie Fondue, Croziflette or Péla, and finish on a sweet note, by trying bugnes or a blueberry tart.
As for wine, Savoie wines such as Apremont, Chignin or Crépy go perfectly with these regional specialities.
Discover Annecy, a town situated only 26 kilometres from the Brit Hotel Florimont. This charming and lively town in Haute-Savoie is made up of just over 50,000 inhabitants.
Visits and discoveries
What is there to discover in Annecy and the surrounding area? A great deal! Firstly, wander around the town’s medieval streets and enjoy its distinctive atmosphere. Some historical and religious buildings won’t fail to attract the informed tourist’s attention: the Basilica of the Visitation, the Palais de l'Ile or the Museum-Château and its temporary exhibitions. At the heart of the Château d’Annecy, visit the Regional Alpine Lakes Observatory: 700 m² of exhibitions to discover these large natural spaces. Some museums are also worth visiting during your stay. Go for example to the Butterflies and Insects Museum which houses nearly 4500 butterflies and insects from 5 continents. Or visit the Wood and Forest Museum, situated in a 19th-century sawmill, and discover the universe of sawing!
To better appreciate local culture, traditions and local produce, wander around among the different markets in the town. The Old Town Market is one of the most renowned: to discover on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Would you like to be accompanied by a guide? Book one of the numerous excursions which are on offer: head off on a hot-air balloon tour, in a 2CV or on a Segway. An original way to discover the town and its surroundings!
It is impossible to speak of Annecy without mentioning its lake, which brings happiness to tourists! Discover this blue lake, with water among the cleanest in Europe, surrounded by majestic mountains. Devote yourself to the numerous water activities: swimming, sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing or diving! This magical place will also enchant lovers of fishing! It is also the ideal place for a bike trip, for 35 kilometres of bicycle paths pass the western and southern banks of the lake. Other sporting activities are available such as golf, paragliding or hang-gliding. It is impossible to get bored at Lake Annecy!
Boat companies also offer you cruises on the lake. The chance to enjoy the sublime and enchanting scenery, in complete peace.
The Bauges Mountains
Near to Lake Annecy, the Natural Regional Park of the Bauges Mountains is a land as mysterious as it is revitalising. It is paradise for hikers! Head off for a journey (on foot, on a bike, on horseback, on skis...) and enjoy the beauty and authenticity of the landscape... In 2011 the park obtained the international label of a ‘Geopark’, as recognition of its first-rate geological heritage.