A Village Overlooking Lake Léman
Thollon-Les-Mémises is in Haute-Savoie, in the French Haut-Chablais. The municipality is at the edge of the Gavot Plateau at the foot of the Mémises mountain. The village spreads between an altitude of 940m to 1975m.
The village is 10km from Évian and 50km from Geneva. Switzerland and Itlay are next door.
There are around 800 inhabitants and everything you need for a pleasant holiday.
Thollon-les-Mémises ski domain provides 50km of varied ski runs and an absolutely magnificent panorama across Lake Léman and the Swiss Alps.
It is also a mythical spot for paragliding.
Lake Léman's Terrace
The actual name, Thollon-les-Mémises, is official since 1995. It combines the commune’s old name, Thollon, with Mémises, which refers to the mountain that overlooks the commune.
The very first mention of the village dates back to the 11th century with Duas Partes Tholonaei, then two centuries later Tolhono and Tholons in 1246. The toponym appears to derive from the local word “taula, taule, tola, toula, toule” to describe a terrace, or a flat area, or from the Latin tullum to describe a small hill. The presence of the suffix -on could come from the old French word tolon, which corresponds to a mound like a hill.
Since the formation of the lake originating from a glacier (the largest Alpine lake in Central and Western Europe), the Thollon region was an exceptional place of observation that marveled everyone who came through here. Maybe you will have the chance to enjoy the show when a sea of clouds forms above Lake Léman.
Throughout the winter we put on numerous events and attractions, notably: visits to discover local professions, local history and heritage; fishing, cheese makers, distillery, soap producers; excursions into the mountains; events; and much, much more to discover in the calendar.
The Chablais GeoparkDiscover the Chablais Geopark
A geopark includes a particular number of remarkable sites (23 sites for the Chablais region) due to their scientific interest, rarity, aesthetic attraction or their educative value.
The Mémises Mountain
A real balcony overlooking Lake Léman, you can reach the Mémises mountain in just a few minutes thanks to the Mémises cable car. At the top take the ridge walk, in summer as well as in winter, to admire the magnificent view of the Swiss Alps, the Jura and Lake Léman.
THE CHEESE DAIRYFind the visits in the events calendar
The VESIN Cheese Dairy in Thollon-les-Mémises has been around for more than one-hundred years.
No stones will be left unturned in showing you all the secrets of Vesin’s cheese production! You are greeted by the cheesemaker, who will explain the process from the milk to the cheese in detail, whilst making it.
The visit rounds off with tasting the Thollon, the farmhouse speciality. Every week in the season, the Thollon Tourist Office proposes the visit to the Vesin Cheese Farm.
However, due to the health crisis, visits are suspended.
Le Hucel, a hamlet below Thollon-les-Mémises, also offers a beautiful panoramic view of Lake Léman. It iis a strategic passage spot in the spring for birds of prey and other migrating birds, Le Hucel is a privileged observation site for active migration. The migrating birds that come up the Rhône valley to return to their reproduction sites situated in Central and Eastern Europe are next to Lake Léman.
The Pays d'Evian Vallée d'Abondance's Natural and Cultural Sites
Here are a few ideas for places to visit in Thollon-Les-Mémises and nearby:
Guided individual tours, Unguided group tours, Guided group tours, Unguided individual tours
From the chapel or the orientation table, enjoy a 360-degree view of the Jura, Lake Geneva, Chablais and Mont Blanc. The plateau on which you stand is the origin of the evian mineral waters.
St Laurent church
Unguided group tours, Unguided individual tours
At first, a chapel was founded in 1438 on this place, when it was depending of La Chapelle d'Abondance. Châtel became a parish in 1643. A parish church was built in 1662, and was extended in 1848 so as to be large enough for the population and the first tourists. To...
Pets welcome, Restaurant, Guided tours
From this spot there are views of the land of the smugglers, Abondance Valley, and the Aulps Valley and Montriond Lake. The shaping of these two valleys following the last two great glaciations and the birth of Montiond Lake is revealed here.
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