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Les Saisies - an all round Alpine resort

Les Saisies is a mountain resort found in the Savoie department of eastern France. It lies in the Col des Saisies, a spectacular mountain pass at an altitude of 1,633 metres, which offers fabulous panoramic views of the area. The resort, which encompasses the town of Les Saisies and also some of the surrounding villages, was founded by an Austrian ski instructor, whose vision of a superb all round Alpine resort came to fruition resulting in one of the best loved mountain sports centres of the region.

Ancient and modern pleasures to enjoy

Les Saisies and its villages offer a beguiling blend of ancient and modern pleasures. Traditional markets are held almost every day in various locations around the villages, and the natural and historical heritage make a delightful backdrop for visitors and residents alike. The old Chapel of Notre Dame, a traditional mountain farm, an eco museum and several historic building are still in existence, giving an authentic Savoyard air and character.

Well equipped with all amenities on offer

Les Saisies itself is well developed to cope not only with tourism, but also with everyday life, so no matter whether you are planning a permanent life in the French Alps or seeking a property from which to enjoy skiing holidays or summer mountain retreats, the town is a great place to find a property. Shops, sports equipment shops and hire locations, restaurants, bars and all services can be found around the resort.

An excellent mountain sports centre

Les Saisies is not just a ski resort and part of the Diamante ski domain, it is an all round mountain sports centre par excellence. Well supplied with lifts, which can be used all year round to access the pistes and peaks, Les Saisies offers snow sports of all types in winter and a huge variety of other sports in summer. The resort is a lively and renowned centre for mountain biking, with many competitions held here in the warmer months, as well as other activities including randonnées with expert guides and trail leaders, pony trekking, fishing and even golf.

Try the Mountain Twister

Families with children and teenagers will also find plenty to keep the younger members of the family occupied. The exciting Mountain Twister toboggan ride is sure to please, but note that adult company is required for the younger ones.

Explore charming Notre Dame de Bellecombe

Les Saisies lies close to Beaufort, the town famed for one of the Savoyard's most highly regarded cheeses, where gourmets can visit the cheese factory and learn about this very traditional product. The charming village of Notre Dame de Bellecombe is also worth a visit. Here, amidst the traditional Savoyard chalets and original architecture, you can take part in various festivals and fairs, and enjoy the atmosphere of a genuine mountain village.

How to get there

Geneva and Chambéry are the best airports for accessing the area by air, and both offer direct flights from the UK. You can also travel by rail as the area is served by "ski special" trains as well as Eurostar and TGV services. The town is found along the D218b, with the A40 and N90 being the nearest major roads.

Property prices and availability in and around Les Saisies

Although Alpine property in and near to good ski resorts such as Les Saisies is generally expensive, the good news about Les Saisies is that this resort offers the chance to purchase property through leaseback schemes, thereby allowing more people to fulfil the dream of owning their very own apartment in the Alps. One such development, which offers the added attraction of a heated swimming pool for property holders, has apartments for sale (through leaseback) for just 147,000 Euros. (Time of writing: 2011.) Of course, for those wanting a bigger property, or for whom money is not an issue, there are plenty of properties on the market for sale in the normal way.

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Les Saisies AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Les Saisies?

Les Saisies lies in the east of France, in the north of the Savoie department.

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Rhône-Alpes Guide

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Population: 873

Access: By air: Fly to Geneva or Chambéry direct from the UK. By rail: The TGV and Eurostar will take you to several locations near the resort. By road: The resort is found from the D218b.

Economy: The economy is based on mountain tourism and local agriculture.

Interesting fact: The name Les Saisies means "seizures", referring to the taxes that were once collected from the area.

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