France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Évian-les-Bains, France Guide
This graceful 19th-century French spa resort on the southern shore of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) is a fine place to relax for a few days.




Known throughout the world for its therapeutic drinking water, Évian-les-Bains is on the southern shore of Lake Geneva, 45 km (28 miles, 1 hour) northeast of Geneva, Switzerland. It faces north, looking across the lake to Lausanne, Switzerland, 35 minutes away by ferryboat.

The healthful qualities of Évian water were discovered in the early 1800s, and the water was being bottled and distributed far and wide starting in 1823.

You can still visit the city's famous springs (Cachat and others) and drink the healthful waters for free. Bring your water bottle and fill it up!

By the mid-1800s, grand spa hotels were being visited by European royalty, nobility and the wealty, come to take the waters in the elaborate hydrotherapy centers. More...

Évian preserves several grand buildings from its golden age, and is still a favored summer resort. Off season (October through May), it is a quiet lakeshore town at the northern edge of the French Alps.

Come to Évian in summer to taste and take the waters and to enjoy the spa-town atmosphere. Off season, come for a day or two of relaxation before (or after) venturing into the French Alps.

Évian Hotels

Évian Restaurants

What to See & Do

Transport for Évian

Tourist Information

Lake Geneva (Lac Léman)

Geneva, Switzerland

French Alps


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Source Cachat, Évian-les-Bains, France

Source Cachat, most famous of the springs for Évian mineral water in Évian-les-Bains, France.

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