8,064 inhabitants (known as "Evianais")
Surface area: 4.29 km²
Altitude: 372 to 739 metres
Bordering Lake Léman, Evian benefits from an exceptional natural environment, which has earned the town world renown as a tourist resort. The town makes the most of its unique setting by pursuing a policy of top-quality landscaping and urban cleanliness, and by protecting the surrounding natural areas. The town enjoyed particularly rapid development during the first half of the 20th century. World-famous for its pure, natural spring water, Evian has managed to preserve and highlight part of its historic architectural heritage and offers visitors the image of a welcoming, dynamic town.
Activities & sightseeing
The Palais Lumière (former thermal baths reconverted into a cultural and conference centre) has recently become once again the heart of the resort, which tends to position itself as an important cultural centre for the Léman region. Recent, internationally famous exhibitions are evidence of this ambition: Ernest-Pignon-Ernest, the La Ruche artists, Rodin, etc.
Evian is also the ideal destination for business seminars and conferences, thanks to its first-rate hospitality infrastructure (4- and 5-star hotels, meeting and conference rooms, etc.).
Historic town centre.
Notre-Dame de l'Assomption Church, dating from the 13th century (Pierre Christin's "Way of the Cross").
Architectural heritage dating from the late 19th to the early 20th century: the Villa Lumière, the Cachat Pump Room, the funicular railway, the Evian Theatre and Casino, the Villa Sapinière and the Hôtel Royal, not to mention the Palais Lumière (former thermal baths), reconverted into a cultural and conference centre, which hosts important exhibitions and houses the town's multimedia library (800 sqm).
Historic loop, guided tours, landscaped quay with musical fountain and mini-golf, parks and gardens (4-flower "Town in Bloom", contending for the "Golden Flower" trophy), including the water gardens of the Pré Curieux (wetlands), funicular railway, small tourist train, solar-boat outings, cruises aboard the La Savoie (small lake boat), etc.
Thermal baths: thermal cures and fitness courses at the Evian Thermal Baths, spas integrated into the town's 4- and 5-star hotels.
an MJC (youth and culture centre), the Evian Casino, the Palais des Festivités convention centre (capacity: 650 people), an auditorium (capacity: 1,200 people), a multimedia library, a theatre, a cinema and art galleries.
A marina (800 berths), a pool (3.5 hectares, with an olympic pool), sailing school, rowing centre, canoeing, kayaking, diving school, golf course (Evian Masters Golf Club), stadium, 12 tennis courts, table-tennis room, billiards club, covered pétanque area, judo training room, gymnasium, games hall, riding school, skate park, etc.