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Sallanches - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Haute-Savoie

Sallanches, the city of Mont-Blanc.

A little history ...

The name probably derives from the term Sallanches pre-Celtic "Salanca" river, stream. Indeed, it means at once both torrents and the city that is organized around their confluence.

During recent excavations, two characteristics of the graves 5th and 6th centuries were identified in the basement of the church.

Until the late 18th century, the small town grows as religious and economic center of the entire region.

Throughout this period, the fate of Sallanches is linked to that of the province of Faucigny, addiction since 1355 the Savoy family that founded in 1718, the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia. After the interlude of the French occupation during the Revolution and the First Empire (1792-1814), the Sardinian monarchy is restored until the final annexation of Savoy to France in 1860.

In the early 19th century, tourists who visit the glaciers of Chamonix down in hostels Sallanches.

In 1840, Sallanches knows a fire almost completely destroyed the city. Following this disaster, a new city is built up according to the grid plan of the engineer Justin.

1880, watches appeared, heralding the future development of cutting (manufacture metal parts in small, medium or large series).

In 1921, Sallanches expressed resort.

During the 70s, the town merged with that of St. Roch (1972) and Saint-Martin (1977).

With industrial, commercial and tourism development, the role of Sallanches as the capital of the region of Mont Blanc says and continues.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude45.9366610 (N 45° 56’ 12”)
Longitude6.6305569 (E 6° 37’ 50”)
AltitudeFrom 515m to 2749m
Surface area65.87 km²
Population16688 inhabitants
Density253 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureAnnecy (75 km, 50 min)
Insee code74256
IntercommunalityCC Pays du Mont-Blanc

Nearest cities & towns

Domancy3.5 km (6 min)
Cordon4.7 km (10 min)
Combloux5.5 km (11 min)
Passy5.6 km (10 min)
Demi-Quartier8.7 km (16 min)
Magland9.7 km (13 min)
Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce11.8 km (17 min)
Saint-Gervais-les-Bains11.8 km (17 min)
Megève12.7 km (19 min)
Servoz15.6 km (18 min)
Cluses15.6 km (16 min)
Praz-sur-Arly17.3 km (25 min)
Scionzier18.1 km (20 min)
Arâches-la-Frasse20 km (28 min)

Things to see and do

The fire of 1840 will carry with him the organization and the earlier buildings of the city. However, reborn a new city, one we know today.

Her college is under the protection of St. Jacques. Historic Monument, it is a witness of the religious art of the Sardinian restaurant.

On the heights of the church, the castle Rubins is an old manor house built in the 14th century. This building now houses The Center of the mountain nature. The museum is open to the public year round. For more information: +33

The town hall-style neo-classical in his living room has a richly decorated ceiling. This building also houses the Tourist Office.

The main square beautifully flowered allows an area of local life. A monumental fountain dedicated to peace in the middle seat.

Places of interest

Information points
Natural sites
Performance halls

Events and festivities


Colourful houses Sallanches and Mont Blanc
Colourful houses Sallanches and Mont Blanc
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Eglise Saint-Jacques
Eglise Saint-Jacques
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Lake Ilettes to Sallanches
Lake Ilettes to Sallanches
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Lake Ilettes to Sallanches
Lake Ilettes to Sallanches
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Chapel Doran - Pastures of Sallanches
Chapel Doran - Pastures of Sallanches
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Wednesday 7 october
Min. 8°C - Max. 12°C
Thursday 8 october
Min. 2°C - Max. 10°C
Friday 9 october
Min. 1°C - Max. 10°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

The Mont-Blanc offers a range of entertainment. Hiking, water sports, discovered air landscape ...

From a cultural standpoint, the circuit can discover Baroque churches, chapels and oratories.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Guided walk in the Northern Alps
Sports sensations20 € to 180 € Domancy (5.7 km)
Skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing lessons
Sports sensations33 € to 58 € Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (18.5 km)
Just for kids: your first paragliding flight in summer!
Sports sensations95 € Montmin (33 km)
Paragliding over Lake Annecy in summer
Sports sensations105 € Montmin (33 km)
Paraglider flight over Lake Annecy
Sports sensations90 € Lathuile (36 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Snowshoes itinerary : les Granges
Snowshoe hikeIntermediate2h15Combloux (3.5 km)
Outing at the Col of Jaillet
HikeEasy4h20Combloux (3.5 km)
Traversée Col de Barmerousse - refuge de Platé
HikeEasy7h00Passy (4 km)
Snowshoes itinerary : le Vernay
Snowshoe hikeEasy1h55Combloux (4.9 km)
Climb to the Varen Mountain Refuge Hut & Chalets
HikeEasy4h10Passy (5.2 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals