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Cluses - in an ideal location

Cluses is an elegant large town that lies in the Haute-Savoie department of the northern French Alps. Situated roughly halfway between Geneva and the towering Mont Blanc, the town is ideally placed to benefit from the economic success story that is mountain tourism, and the excellent commercial connections with both Italy and Switzerland. Hence there is a vibrancy and healthy patina of success about Cluses, all of which adds to its appeal.

The clockmaker's heritage

Cluses is said to have been the birthplace of the clockmaker's art, and it is an interesting diversion in the town to trace the history of this industry, and to see how it brought Cluses from a small mountain town to become the influential place that it became. The industry still continues to play an active part in the life of Cluses today, although it is of less dominance than it once was. Nevertheless, a visit to the Museum of Clock Making is definitely worth your while.

Cluses has a dynamic city centre

Cluses is a dynamic and vibrant city with a strong cultural and social life. All amenities that you would expect to find in a large town may be found here. The city centre offers no less than three shopping centres and a programme of cultural events and entertainments that attract people to come to the town in their thousands every year. There are theatrical events, exhibitions of arts and crafts, media arts exhibitions, concerts and of particular note, perhaps, a very well known free festival of pop, rock and folk music, Musiques en Stock, which takes place in July every year. Meanwhile, Esperluette, a book fair, is held every year at the end of November.

Something for all seasons

Cluses is a popular location for those wishing to access the great ski resorts of the Haute-Savoie, and indeed there are plenty of these stations within reach of the town. Winter sports on offer include, of course, skiing and snowboarding, but you could also try ice climbing, night skiing, dog sledding and igloo building! Summer time brings its own particular pleasures and sports too, with rock climbing, walking, mountain biking and parasailing all up for grabs by those brave enough or fit enough!

How to get there

Cluses is very easy to access from the UK. The best way to travel is probably by TGV. Take the Eurostar to Paris, then catch a TGV to Cluses itself. If you prefer to travel by air, you could fly to Geneva, Chambéry, Grenoble or Lyon. Geneva is served by British Airways, Air France, easyJet, flybe, Jet2 and Aer Lingus; Chambéry by flybe, Jet2 and Astraeus; Grenoble by Ryanair and easyJet; and Lyon by Air France, British Airways, easyJet and bmi.

Property prices and availability in and around Cluses

The Alps have a certain "cachet" that seems to make property prices rise as soon as you start considering buying a property there! It's true that this is never going to be the cheapest region of France in which to purchase a property, but there are possibilities such as studio apartments for those who do not wish to spend a fortune. For anyone with a little cash to burn, however, Cluses has some superb propositions to put to you. It is also worth remembering that any property here is likely to prove a wise investment, as the area always retains its appeal.

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Cluses AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Cluses?

Cluses is located in eastern France, in the high French Alps close to both Italy and Switzerland. It lies in the centre of the Haute-Savoie department.

Cluses Property Map

IN THE REGION OF RHÔNE-ALPES

Rhône-Alpes Guide

Rhône-Alpes Property Map

IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HAUTE-SAVOIE

Haute-Savoie Guide

  Haute-Savoie Map


Population: 18,126


Access: By air: Fly to Geneva, Chambéry, Grenoble or Lyon airports with a variety of airlines. By rail: The TGV runs to Cluses itself, direct from Paris.


Economy: Cluses was once the major centre of clock making, and this trade still continues today, although less extensively. Tourism is the mainstay of the economy, but both commerce and industry are active components in the economic success of the town.


Interesting fact: Cluses has elegant and unusual Turin influenced architecture, as it was rebuilt after its original wooden chalet buildings were destroyed by fire in 1844.


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