Alby-Sur-Chéran is a commune near Annecy in Haute-Savoie. It is located in the Albanais, on the banks of the Chéran. It has 2,646 inhabitants.
History and Heritage
The first origins date back to the Middle Ages. The town was then divided into two parishes, Saint Donat and Saint Maurice. A lookout had to be passed over the Chéran to link Annecy to Chambéry. Seven castles protected the town. During the 19th century, more than 300 shoemakers out of 1,200 inhabitants settled in the town. The construction of a bridge in 1720, then in 1728, marked the beginning of the prosperity of Alby-Sur-Chéran. In 1888, thanks to a wooden dam, the town was one of the first in France to have electric lighting.
To appreciate the heritage of the commune, you can visit the following sites:
- The triangular-shapedPlace du Trophée in the old town, dedicated to shoemakers.
- The Chapel of Saint Maurice, which was probably originally part of the castle of Pont Vieux.
- The contemporary church of Notre Dame du Plaimpalais, according to the plans of the architect Maurice Novarina.
- The botanical path of the Crétêts, which links the chapel of Saint Maurice to the church of Plaimpalais.
The best rated hotels
Depending on your budget, we have selected three hotels near Alby-sur-Chéran that offer excellent value for money and have very good customer reviews:
Located in the pretty commune of Alby-sur-Chéran, this family-run hotel offers excellent facilities, including an outdoor swimming pool. You can easily go hiking and discover the city of Annecy, 10 km away.From € 72 per night.
In the heart of the Massif des Bauges and not far from Alby-sur-Chéran, this hotel features a swimming pool, a gourmet restaurant and a beautiful terrace. Children can enjoy outdoor games. A spa is available for an additional fee.From €110 per night.
In Rumilly, this budget hotel offers a full range of facilities, including air conditioning, television, bathroom and separate toilet. The nearby restaurant offers traditional, high-quality cuisine. The nearby castles of Montrottier and Clermont can be easily visited.From € 69 per night.
Cultural and sports facilities
Alby-Sur-Chéran has several quality facilities:
- The library “Le Temps de Lire”, which is open on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 5 to 6.30 pm and on Saturday mornings from 10 to 11.30 am.
- The Chatenoud room, which offers once a month the projection of a film, followed by a debate.
Les Randonneurs du Chéran offers discovery hikes that allow you to practice Nordic walking, cross-country skiing and hiking. A judo club, a tennis club, a self-defence club and a football club are also available. Finally, a shokotan karate school allows you to learn and progress in this martial art.
The Medieval Festival of Alby
For two days at the beginning of May, Alby-Sur-Chéran is transformed into a 13th century medieval town. It is the time of the 7 seven castles. You will discover jousts, fights, an encampment and animations worthy of this period. 150 artists animate this festival and contribute to its unique atmosphere.
It is possible to rent period costumes and there is a small catering service. On Saturday evening, a fireworks show is held. The historical re-enactment is of a very high quality and gives a better understanding of the living conditions during the late Middle Ages. If you enjoy this type of event, you should not miss the Grandes Médiévales d’Andilly, in the same spirit.
The Shoemakers’ Museum in Alby
Situated in the centre of Alby-Sur-Chéran on the Place du Trophée, the Shoemaker’s Museum presents the face of the village’sancient craft past. The different techniques and old tools are explained to visitors.Price: the museum is free. Group and guided tours are available on request. The visit lasts 20 minutes.Times: In June, Tuesday to Saturday: 10am to 12pm / 1.30pm to 5.30pm. In July and August, Monday to Saturday: 10am to 12pm / 1.30pm to 6pm. In September from Tuesday to Saturday: 10am – 12pm / 1.30pm – 5.30pm.
Since 15 September 2020, the village has had a weekly market on Tuesdays from 4pm to 7.30pm. It is located on the Place du Trophée, in the medieval town. This food market features market gardeners and local producers of honey, cheese and Italian specialities.
It is located at: 4 rue Étroite, 74540 Alby-sur-Chéran. Tel: 04 50 68 10 10.Opening hours:Monday to Friday from 8.30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Official website: www.mairie-alby-sur-cheran.fr