Nestled between the mountains and the great Lac Léman, Evian benefits enjoys an invigorating natural environment that has made it an internationally famous resort.

All year round, the town offers a wide variety of activities and lodgings for tourists, while nearby ski resorts make Evian the perfect base from which to enjoy the mountain slopes during the winter and the fecund pastures in the summer.

This spa town is renowned for its thermal baths, and, of course, its water. Located on Avenue des Sources, the Cachat Spring (formerly the Fountain of Saint Catherine) is the most famous of several springs that once emerged in Evian. Built in 1903, along with the opposite pump room, this spring flows every day of the year and is open to the public.

This is a splendid place to come too if you enjoy gardens and flowers: each year the town presents its 'Scènes Florales, a themed walk through the town's parks and gardens.

The village's expansion began in the Middle Ages, with the construction of a castle in the 12th century, and the granting of tax exemptions. As a result, Evian would grow into an important market town, a commercial port on the lake and a popular holiday destination for the counts and dukes of Savoy. The discovery of mineral water dates from the late 18th century, with the first Evian Baths appearing in 1824, and the right to bottle the water being granted 2 years later, a moment that also marked the town's expansion with the construction of thermal baths, the casino, hotels and a theatre to entertain Georgian and Victorian visitors.

Must do

Take a stroll along the shores of the lake; it's refreshing and bracing.

Visit the source of Evian's famous water


Visit the picturesque medieval village of Yvoire (one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France), which is one of the most noteworthy sites in the Chablais region.


Place de la Porte d'Allinges, 74500 Evian-les-Bains
Tel: 04 50 75 04 26

Recent Articles

  1. French Truffles Ultimate Guide to France's Black Gold

    Jul 20, 19 02:56 PM

    Known as black gold French truffles are an indulgent luxurious treat. But how are truffles found and what roles do dogs and pigs play?

    Read More

  2. French Markets Guide to Outdoor Markets in France

    Jul 20, 19 08:54 AM

    Utimate guide to French markets and how to shop and what to buy at the wonderful local outdoor markets in France.

    Read More

  3. Vosges Mountains Tourist Guide What to do in the Vosges

    Jul 20, 19 06:15 AM

    Walking, cycling, skiing, winter sports and eating out at a Ferme Auberge. Our ultimate guide to the Vosges Mountains tells you all you need to know.

    Read More

  4. French Liqueurs Guide to the Most Popular Liqueurs in France

    Jul 11, 19 05:10 AM

    Guide to the wide range of French liqueurs including the 14 most popular liqueurs in France

    Read More

  5. French Food and Drink - No BS Guide for lovers of Food, Wine, Liqueurs

    Jul 09, 19 05:18 AM

    Our guide to French food and drink for those who love traditional French food along with our no BS guide to understanding French wine and liqueurs

    Read More