Châtel is still very much a traditional Savoyard farming village with over sixty active farms in the valley producing local cheeses such as Tomme, Abondance and Reblochon. Over the years Châtel has developed into one of the best year-round alpine resorts in Europe without losing any of its charm and beauty. And in the main village you’ll find plenty of restaurants, bars and shops to stock up on the delicious cheeses plus other local specialties.
Lake Geneva or Lac Leman is one of the largest lakes in Western Europe and its beauty is genuinely breathtaking. There are many sites of interest around the shores of the lake, in both France and Switzerland. And the lake itself provides a wonderful watery playground in the Spring and Summer, with swimming and boating as the most popular activities.
Flora & Fauna
The mountains of Châtel and the Abondance valley are among the most beautiful in the whole of the Alps. High peaks, low valleys, streams, waterfalls, pastures and woods provide a veritable wealth of nature to explore. As well as herds of cattle grazing in the long grasses, it’s not uncommon to spot the numerous chamois, deer, and even marmots that inhabit this wonderful environment.
We’ll be happy to recommend day trips depending on your preferences. Among our favourites are Montreux – nestled on the Swiss side of Lake Geneva and famous for its annual Jazz Festival in July and the Chateau de Chillon which perches on the lake shores, Annecy – with its historical monuments and picture postcard surroundings, and Evian Les Bains – the famous spa town and origin of the iconic water brand.