I made a mistake the first time I visited Albertville, France. Walked around the quaint town and saw the giant Tour de France t-shirt but discovered afterwards that I had missed one of the best parts of the area. Fortunately, I was going through the town on my way to Chamonix, so I made a stop and so glad I did. This is an experience I would have regretted missing: seeing the Cité Medievale de Conflans.
- It’s a medieval village in Albertville, across the river and high on a hill
- It’s small, with only about 6 cobblestone streets
- There are some restaurants, artisan shops, and a baroque church, but what is notable are the views, particularly from the courtyard. When I was there (early in the morning), most places were closed
- Why visit? The views and seeing all the storefront signs—these made the village so attractive
Getting To The Village
Follow the road from the river up the hill. There is a car park where you can begin your journey, a steep walk up a couple of flights of stairs until you get into the actual medieval village. Only locals can park in the village.
You can get some great views from the Jardin Public de la Tour Sarrazine.
So, if you’re on your way to Chamonix or Annecy, make a short stop near Albertville to visit the the Cité Medievale de Conflans.
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