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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. This is where the first winter competitions of the new Olympic Games were held in 1924. It also has a great cultural program that highlights the Cosmo Jazz music festival, 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-Barages to the international airport of Geneva, 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 arrive by the A-40 to the center, where there is the highest concentration of cheap hotels.
It is in the downtown area of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc where the traveler will find Cheap hotels to stay, although here there are also other luxury, with spa and botique type between 4 and 5 stars. On the outskirts of the city there are also some cheap hotels located in the vicinity of the ski slopes, mainly 3 stars.
Points of interest
Those who love winter sports have a paradise in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. There are three courts with space for both skiing and snowboarding. The Aiguille de Midi is the most suitable for the experienced due to its steep slope. Le Brevent is ideal for those who start because their clues are simpler. In the Vallee Blanche everyone can enjoy.
If you go to the destination in summer, the area becomes a paradise for hiking enthusiasts, who can do excursions through the valley. In total, there are 350 km that are distributed in 170 routes marked and thought for all levels. You can reach, for example, the Sea of Ice in less than two hours, walk to the waterfall du Dard, see impressive views of the Bossons glacier or walk through the forest to the foot of La Flégère.
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc will also enjoy culture lovers, who can visit the Alpine museums, where you can learn about the history of the valley through its exhibitions, including the 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, where dozens of Jewish minors were hidden from the Nazis.
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc has been mentioned in books like "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley, specifically, in the scene where the monster and Dr. Frankenstein meet. It also appears in films like "Whiskey and Vodka", 1965, being this city where the action takes place.
It is here, in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, where the prize is awarded to the best climbers in the world, the so-called Gold Piolet, awarded by juries belonging to the French magazine Montagnes and the association Groupe de Haute Montagne. The trophy began to be delivered in the 1991 year.