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Guide of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
How to get to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Chamonix stands at the foot of Mont Blanc and is one of the main winter sports centers in the French Alps. It is here where the first winter competitions of the new Olympic Games were held in 1924. It also has a great cultural program in which the Cosmo Jazz music festival stands out, which is organized during the summer and whose concerts are free.
To get to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, the fastest way is to take one of the direct flights from Madrid-Barajas to Geneva International Airport, which is just over an hour from the city. From here the traveler can choose to take a bus, a train or rent a car and take the A-40 to the center, where there is the highest concentration of cheap hotels.
It is in the central area of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc where the traveler will find Cheap hotels to stay, although there are also other luxury hotels here, with a spa and botique type between 4 and 5 stars. On the outskirts of the city there are also some cheap hotels located in close proximity to the ski slopes, mainly 3 stars.
Points of Interest
Winter sports lovers have a paradise in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. There are three slopes with space for both skiing and snowboarding. The Aiguille de Midi is best suited for the experienced due to its steep slope. Le Brevent is ideal for beginners because its slopes are easier. Everyone can enjoy themselves at Vallee Blanche.
If you go to the destination in summer, the area becomes a paradise for hikers, who can do excursions through the valley. In total, there are 350 km that are divided into 170 marked routes and designed for all levels. For example, you can reach the Sea of Ice in less than two hours, walk to the Dard waterfall, see stunning views of the Bossons glacier or walk through the forest at the foot of La Flégère.
Culture lovers will also enjoy Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, who can visit the Alpine museums, where you can learn about the history of the valley through its exhibitions, including collections of minerals and lithographs, the Sea of Glass, whose selection of objects includes unique ice sculptures that are renewed every year. It is also interesting to walk through the Philip Fragnoli photo gallery to appreciate the beauty and charm of the city. Very close to these points of interest, the traveler can stay in their cheap hotels.
During the Second World War, a children's home was founded in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc in which dozens of Jewish minors were hidden from the Nazis.
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc has been mentioned in books as Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein", specifically, in the scene where the monster and Dr. Frankenstein meet. Likewise, he appears in films such as "Whiskey and Vodka", from 1965, being this city where the action takes place.
It is here, in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, where the prize for the best mountaineers in the world is awarded, the so-called Golden Ice ax, awarded by judges belonging to the French magazine Montagnes and the Groupe de Haute Montagne association. The trophy began to be awarded in 1991.