Anthy-sur-Léman is a commune in Haute-Savoie in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, bordering Thonon-les-Bains, 15 km west of Evian-les-Bains and 30 km northeast of Geneva, Switzerland).
Named Anthy for centuries, the locality became Anthy-sur-Léman in 1971, for reasons of tourist and economic communication.
A time attached to Thonon-les-Bains, from 1974 to 1983, the municipality regained its autonomy following a referendum.
Bordered by Lake Geneva, the village has more than 2,100 inhabitants, a population that has doubled in 30 years with the creation of residential neighborhoods and the development of commercial areas. Nevertheless, the municipality has retained a green landscape, even if agricultural activity has declined sharply. Tourism, services and fishing, although marginal, are the mainstays of the city's economy, tossed over the centuries like its neighboring cities between Catholicism and Protestantism, between the kingdom of France and the kingdom of Piedmont- Sardinia, adhering even a time to the Swiss Confederation.
Its heritage and preserved character of its borough, the shores of the lake and the natural setting conducive to hiking make the small city a tourist and a holiday resort appreciated.
A visit of the municipality can begin with some elements of built heritage old. In the heart of the village, typical of the villages of Chablais (historic Savoy), the church of Saint-Barthélemy was rebuilt in the 19th century in a neo-Gothic style, on the site of a chapel which has itself succeeded a First place of medieval worship. The bell-shaped steeple contains two bells, one of which was melted in 1790 and was classified. In the 1960s, stained-glass windows designed by the Savoyard artist René Michaud were laid, as well as a Way of the Cross whose stations are made up of slates from Morzine. An anchor made of wrought iron evoking those of the boats of the lake is also made to serve as lectern (liturgical desk).
Several houses dating from the 19th or 20th century on the civilian side of the lake testify to the residential character of the place. This was the case of Chantrell Castle, which evoked the Petit Trianon, which was surrounded by an English park. The property was unfortunately dismembered. Other residences have more or less resisted the weather, the villas of the doctors Plontz and Alain, the villa Bourgeois and the chalet de la Croisée d'Anthy or the chalets Monod, with a private harbor. In another way, to see the curious Stone of the Sacrifices, a megalith decorated with cupules (small circular cavities dug by man for ritual or utilitarian purposes). In general, successive excavations in the 20th century have revealed numerous remains (objects, burials, coins) proving a human presence from Prehistory to Gallo-Roman times.
These different sites can mark a hiking trail (hiking or mountain biking) traced between mountain and shore and borrowing the town and its surroundings. Brochures and information at +33 (0) 4 50 72 64 57 or +33 4 50 71 55 55.
On the shores of the lake, there are several private or public docks attesting to the vitality of the activity in terms of navigation. Formerly to go to the other cities bordering Lake Geneva thanks to companies providing regular connections to Geneva in particular, or private "boats", now for more recreational uses. See also, the port of Fishermen, always used.
If the weather is pleasant, five public beaches (with sand or grass) follow each other on three kilometers of coastline to enjoy the joys of swimming (unsupervised) or practice windsurfing or paddle. Information on +33 (0) 4 50 72 64 57.
Finally, tennis enthusiasts can also practice their favorite sport. Contact the +33 4 50 72 99 80.
On the third weekend of April, the Swing'n'Salsa Léman festival offers dance performances.
At the end of June, the Saint-Jean lights are organized on the Plage des Recorts. Playful and musical animations then "conflagration".
On the evening of July 13th, the festival of perch fillets and then a meal and a popular ball, on the beach of the Recorts, precede the celebration of the National Day.
At the end of July, on the same beach, the Festives d'Anthy combine concerts and fun activities.
August 14th and 15th, children's games, popular balls, meals.