Visit Chambéry and other attractions in the area.
If you are planning to spend your holiday at the campsite Lac de Carouge in Savoie in the near future, there is a lot to do: a holiday in Savoie means first of all cultural activities, beautiful nature, delicious gastronomy and an impressive wine culture. About 23 kilometres from the Lac de Carouge campsite you will find the town of Chambéry and many other places of interest in the surrounding area.
The capital of the Savoie.
Chambéry is the capital of the department of Savoie. This medieval town is the most important of the region since the 13th century, there is a lot to see and do. Thanks to its rich history, Chambéry is a popular destination for culture lovers. If you want to enjoy an afternoon on the terrace or stroll in front of the shops and boutiques, the town is also a good choice. There are several breweries as well as very good restaurants and an afternoon on the terrace with local wine or a cold beer is a good way to start your holiday. Part of the city centre is car-free, so you can quietly see everything and walk around.
Cultural outings in the city.
If you are a real history buff, then a visit to Chambery is not to be missed. Former capital of the Dukes of Savoy since the beginning of the 14th century, before being attached to France in 1860. It then left its place as capital of the Kingdom of Savoy to Turin in 1562. Situated in the heart of the Northern Pre-Alps, the commune is surrounded by the Bauges and Chartreuse massifs. The succession of revolutionary events will bring the city to France in 1860.
The town has been an important place in the region since the 13th century and has a number of exceptional buildings. A visit to the town's castle is highly recommended: take a look at the building or join a guided tour. The Cathedral of St François de Sales is also a very special church. This cathedral is one of the oldest and best-preserved buildings in the region and has many beautiful statues and murals. Some other beautiful monuments are to be discovered in Chambéry such as the elephant fountain (also called the "4 sans-culs"), the SNCF rotunda for lovers of beautiful machinery or the Eureka gallery for science and technology fans.
If you want to combine culture and nature, go up towards Hautecombe Abbey. This beautiful monastery is situated on the shores of Lac du Bourget and is the ideal base for a relaxing afternoon and a walk along the lake. From this magical place you have a magnificent view of the water and the surrounding villages and mountains.
Numerous shops and restaurants.
If you want to spend an afternoon shopping during your holiday, Chambéry is the best location. On the outskirts of the town is a large shopping centre and the town centre has many shops and specialist stores. Buy fantastic French healthcare products from the pharmacy and dress as fashionable as possible with the help of the saleswomen in the clothing stores. What's more, this city is the ideal destination for gourmet pleasures. In the many restaurants you can enjoy authentic local dishes such as Chartreuse, raclette, truffle and steak tartare. An afternoon on the terrace with a bottle of local wine or a prestigious dinner: there are plenty of opportunities to relax in the centre of this beautiful city!
Those who choose to spend their holidays in the Combe de Savoie probably do so due in part to the beauty of nature. The department is one of the most beautiful in France. In the region you will find several beautiful nature parks full of hiking and cycling trails. For example a day of mountain biking or hiking in the Bauges. In this beautiful mountain range, real adventurers can also do canyoning or via ferrata and climbing. Savoie is also an integral part of the Rhône-Alpes region. This region will also offer you fabulous adventures in the heart of its territories and landscapes.
Lovers of water sports can enjoy themselves at the Lac du Bourget. On this lake, you can practice various spectacular water sports or go for a refreshing swim. Around the lake you have beautiful mountain scenery and nearby towns. For example, have a bite to eat in Aix Les Bains or go for a long hike in the mountains.
Historic towns and villages.
In addition to Chambéry, other towns close to the campsite are definitely worth a visit. Annecy is the largest city in the region and is nicknamed the 'pearl of the French Alps'. The city is situated on Lake Annecy and has impressive architecture and idyllic streets. Another special destination is Albertville. This town organised the 1992 Winter Olympics and is now a modern and dynamic city. Albertville is not like other cities in the region. Here you can walk among the contemporary buildings and enjoy one of the trendy terraces.