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Destination guide

Experience Châtel from holiday lettings

For a winter holiday in the scenic French Alps or a summer mountain excursion, a letting in Châtel is ideal for your next holiday home. The Alpine community of Châtel is quaint and beautiful, even with its modern development as a ski resort. Whether you enjoy skiing and snowboarding the perfect powdery slopes, mountain biking a ski slope in July or wind surfing on Lake Geneva, Châtel has something for you. Châtel is a fabulous destination for families, groups, couples and solo travellers.

History

Heritage sites to explore near your Châtel holiday home

As a popular ski resort since the 1940s, Châtel has a fascinating background of holiday and hospitality. Although famous as a winter retreat, you can visit many historic buildings in Châtel near your holiday letting in other seasons. St. Laurent Church is one such historic building, rebuilt in 1908 with pink and gray masonry with lovely stained-glass windows depicting gospel scenes. As you stroll downtown, on either side of the street you can enjoy the picturesque stone town hall or timbered chalets. Architecture is not the only aspect of Châtel’s heritage, as you can also enjoy Abondance cheese that traces its roots to a 14th-century monastery.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Chatel

Are you hoping to find attractions to see during your stay? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to check out everything that makes Chatel a fun spot to go on holiday. These are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Evian Thermal Spa (14.9 mi / 23.9 km)
  • Forme d'O Aquatic Center (1.3 mi / 2.2 km)
  • Super Chatel Ski Lift (1.6 mi / 2.7 km)
  • La Foilleuse Ski Lift (2.1 mi / 3.4 km)
  • Portes du Soleil (2.5 mi / 4 km)
  • Aiguille des Champeys Ski Lift (3.6 mi / 5.8 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather in Chatel

Travellers enjoy Chatel for its skiing. If you're interested in winter sports, you might consider visiting in November, September, April or December, when snowfall averages 0 inches and temperatures average -4°F.

Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Chatel

Whether you're an adventurous traveller or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Chatel is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are a few of the area's noteworthy features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Lac de Montriond (5.2 mi / 8.4 km)
  • Galeries Defago Trail (6.2 mi / 10 km)
  • Tanay Lake (6.6 mi / 10.7 km)
  • Zen Garden (7.4 mi / 11.9 km)
  • Lac de Joux Plane (9.7 mi / 15.7 km)
  • Jaysinia Alpine Botanical Gardens (12.3 mi / 19.7 km)
How to get there

Travelling to and around Chatel

Fly into Geneva (GVA-Cointrin Intl.), the closest airport, located 33.9 mi (54.6 km) from the city centre.

How to get around

Transport to and around your Châtel holiday cottage

To find your way to your holiday rental and around Châtel, convenient public transport is widely available. International travellers who fly into the region mostly choose the airport at Geneva, Switzerland, which is only about an hour and a half bus ride from Châtel. If you choose to travel to Châtel by train, there are nearby stations, but each requires an additional taxi ride or car hire. A car hire is a popular choice from the Geneva International Airport. In Châtel, you can contact local taxi services to get where you need to go. In the winter, free buses will take you to and from the major ski lifts. For a family-friendly tour around scenic Châtel, you can take a ride on the Little Sightseeing Train.

Food & drink 

Taste delicacies of Châtel near your holiday letting

As Châtel borders France and Switzerland, its local cuisine is a gastronomical delight. Reflecting its traditional cuisine, potatoes and cheese are staples of most dishes. As you venture out from your holiday home, grab a bite of ‘tartiflette’, which is a cheesy gratin with potatoes or try the savoury cheese and potato dish known as ‘raclette’. Before dinner is served, you can sip on ‘berthoud’, which is a soup-like baked au gratin. For a sweet patisserie treat, a popular choice among locals is the flaky, pear-filled ‘rissoles’. On special occasions, you may encounter ‘farcement’, a dish consisting of raisins, prunes, potatoes and bacon baked in a tall tin.

Essential info

Key facts for holiday rental stay in Châtel

Before you arrive in Châtel, you want to know the essential information to maximise the enjoyment of your holiday letting. Outdoor adventure activities such as mountain biking, sailing or kayaking are perfect for the summer months, as you’ll see averages of 45°C. During the winter, most visitors hit the slopes, and the weather remains pleasant, around 20°C. The official language in Châtel is French, although many locals and shopkeepers understand English because of the bustling hospitality industry. If you plan to frequent some of the local bars or restaurants, you may want to exchange some currency to euros. In the event of an emergency on the mountain, you can contact ski patrol at a ski lift or by dialling the number 00 33 (0) 450 73 35 99. The general emergency service number for emergency healthcare or otherwise is 112. Thankfully, Châtel is very safe for visitors and has a low crime rate.

How many holiday rentals are available around Châtel?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,766 holiday lettings around Châtel. From 653 chalets to 1,847 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Châtel?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Châtel. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Super Chatel Ski Lift: 3,689 holiday lettings
  • Pre-la-Joux Ski Lift: 4,264 holiday lettings
  • Petit Chatel Ski Lift: 3,535 holiday lettings
  • Conche Ski Lift: 3,556 holiday lettings
  • Barbossine Ski Lift: 3,501 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Châtel listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Chalets in Châtel?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 653 Chalets in Châtel. Our other popular types of Châtel holiday rentals include:

  • Flats: 1,847 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 96 self catering accommodations
  • Villas: 19 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Châtel?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 301 holiday homes with pool available in Châtel. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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