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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Haute-Savoie

Being part of the cross-border conurbation of Geneva, Bonneville flourishes in the Faucigny, at the confluence of the Arve and Borne. Located at the foot of the Mole and the tip of Andey, the town is perched at 477 meters of altitude to culminate at 1877 meters. Beatrice de Faucigny, daughter of Pierre II of Savoy, decided in 1262 to settle there and gave the town privileges. Bonneville was born and quickly became the administrative capital of the barony of Faucigny. Several times struck by violent fires, the city recovers and rebuilds each time. Bonneville has kept many vestiges of the medieval era that mark the streets and squares still today. It is therefore a journey into a past rich in history that promises this destination of altitude.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude46.0780249 (N 46° 4’ 41”)
Longitude6.4090530 (E 6° 24’ 33”)
AltitudeFrom 428m to 1877m
Surface area27.15 km²
Population12896 inhabitants
Density474 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureAnnecy (47 km, 34 min)
Insee code74042
IntercommunalityCC Faucigny-Glières

Nearest cities & towns

Ayse2.6 km (5 min)
Saint-Pierre-en-Faucigny4.5 km (9 min)
Amancy6.8 km (10 min)
Faucigny7.3 km (12 min)
Vougy7.4 km (9 min)
Arenthon7.8 km (11 min)
Saint-Laurent7.9 km (15 min)
La Roche-sur-Foron8.1 km (12 min)
Marignier8.6 km (11 min)
Contamine-sur-Arve8.7 km (11 min)
Scientrier9 km (17 min)
Peillonnex9.4 km (13 min)
Brizon9.7 km (18 min)
Marcellaz10.4 km (15 min)
Saint-Sixt10.6 km (19 min)

Things to see and do

And the walk in the past begins with the square of the Hotel de Ville, formerly called Place du Parquet. You will be able to admire a fountain dating from 1768 in baroque style classified to Historic Monuments. The town hall itself is worth a look. The imposing stone building houses a stone from the Bastille of Paris. A few blocks away, the royal house, formerly the holiday residence of the King of Sardinia. Next to the royal house, the house of the heads invites you to raise your head. Sculpted in the facade, angels and demons are invited in the floors. A little further on, the bridge of Europe, dating from 1862, spans the Arve. Back in town, you can not miss the northern cafe with its cannonball stuck in the north wall.

An inescapable part of the historical heritage of Bonneville, the eponymous castle, built by Pierre II of Savoy, dominates the city on its rocky mound. Becoming prison after being castle, it is in very good condition, but is not open to visits.

The stronghold of Cormand is a beautiful ensemble composed of a building of the fourteenth century surrounded by two square towers and a chapel. The tower of La Poudrière, a reserve of powder, rises to 5.5 meters from the ground. You will not be able to miss this cylindrical and slender edifice towards the sky. Always high perched, but at 44 meters from the ground this time, the statue of King Charles-Felix dominates the city well encamped on the eponymous column. This edifice pays tribute to this sovereign who had the Arve tied up in order to avoid the sometimes bloody floods of the river.

Religious monuments are also very present on the territory. You will be able to admire the church of Saint-Martin de Pontchy dating from the 14th century in neo-Gothic style, the church Sainte-Catherine built between 1838 and 1842 in an Italian Renaissance style, the old church of Bonneville neogothic style and chapels of Thuet and the coast of Hyot.

To relax, you will have many sports complexes at your disposal. After a dip in the swimming pool, you can play a game of tennis. Unless it is the boulodrome that tempts you or even the archery or the shooting range.

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities

Every Tuesday and Friday morning, the local produce market awaits you in the city center. A friendly time to share while making your market.

The 3rd Saturday of March and September is held the big fair / sale of Bonneville. The streets of the city become an exhibition place for local traders and craftsmen. It is also an opportunity for lovers to hunt old objects displayed on the many stands.

November 11 is the fair of Saint-Martin. More than 600 exhibitors are present every year for this huge fair which is the opportunity to find the bargain of the moment, gathering nearly 100 000 visitors.

In March, come to the Celtitudes to celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Bonneville. Numerous events are organized to celebrate this Irish celebration.

In July, music lovers are expected at the Festival Festival de Bonneville. On the program, soul, funk, jazz... known artists give themselves on stage for your pleasure.

In the fall, the Éclat de Scènes festival celebrates the theater. You can attend various plays performed in places as unusual as a factory, an apartment or a bar.

The first weekend of the summer holidays, the Saltimbanques invade the city center. You can attend street shows, juggling, arts from the circus and many other shows that will seduce young and old alike.


Saturday 21 october
Min. 13°C - Max. 25°C
Sunday 22 october
Min. 10°C - Max. 14°C
Monday 23 october
Min. 6°C - Max. 17°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Mountain biking for beginners or improvers
Sports sensations15 € to 35 € Bogève (13.6 km)
Unusual walk or snowshoe hike
Nature and the great outdoors17 € to 25 € Saxel (19.4 km)
Canyoning all year with a guide
Sports sensations45 € Morillon (21 km)
Geneva City Tour and Trip to Annecy – Cruise on Lake Geneva Optional
Culture and education91 € (25 km)
Painting and drawing lessons and Gallery
Arts and Crafts34 € Saint-Julien-en-Genevois (26 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Lac de Lessy par Cenise
HikeEasy2h10Le Petit-Bornand-les-Glières (7.8 km)
Mijouet circuit through the woods of Juffly
HikeEasy1h30Fillinges (10.4 km)
Circuit du Plateau d'Ivoray
HikeIntermediate3h00Mieussy (10.7 km)
Circuit sur le Coux
HikeIntermediate4h35Mieussy (10.7 km)
Circuit de la Grotte du Jourdy à la Chapelle Saint Grat
HikeAthletic3h55Mieussy (10.7 km)


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