Chambery - Jewel of the Alps
Ah Chambéry… This charming little French town located in the Rhone-Alps region is fast gaining in popularity with travellers thanks to the ease of access it affords to the Alps and the stunning 360-degree views it delivers. If you're looking into flights to Chambéry then here's everything you need to know about this jewel of the Alps.
Chambéry enjoys a picture-perfect location, nestled in a valley between the Bauges and Chartreuse mountain ranges. To the north, Lac du Bourget (the largest natural lake in France) stands sentry offering the tantalising prospect of languid afternoons kicking back on a paddle-boat (which can be rented inexpensively at water-side).
Truly a pedestrian's paradise, Chambéry is compact and just begging to be explored on foot. History buffs will enjoy the medieval section of town, where even the laziest of strolls will take just a few hours. If you're feeling more sprightly, bicycles can be rented at the Vélostation in front of the train station. Expect to pay around five euro per day. If you fancy checking out the Alps, car rentals are also available and largely inexpensive.
As we mentioned, the medieval part of town houses a number of treats. Make sure and visit the Chateu de Chambéry, whose chapel once held the Shroud of Turin. Postcards of Chambéry mostly feature the famous Elephants Fountain, where four elephant busts stand proudly in the middle of the street. When in France it would be remiss not to sample the amazing local cuisine and Chambéry contains plenty of gorgeous cafes and boulangeries for you to feast your senses.
Chambéry Airport is growing fast, adding new carriers all of the time. A lot of these flights are seasonal in nature, catering for the winter sports crowd. Amsterdam, London Gatwick/Stanstead, Birmingham, Copenhagen and Moscow-Domodedovo are some of the most popular destinations.
Enjoying a burgeoning reputation among winter sports enthusiasts, Chambéry is a quaint town that is beautiful no matter what time of year you decide to visit. Get in on one of France's best-kept secrets, you won't regret it!
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