Chambéry is both the gateway to some of the finest skiing in the French Alps and an irresistibly charming destination in its own right.
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Stroll around the narrow Medieval streets of its immaculate old town, and you’ll be treated to a stunning castle, impressive art galleries and family-run restaurants overflowing with character.
Festivals and Events
Chambéry is a city that enjoys a good festival and every month involves some kind of big party.
June recognises the international nature of modern France with Lafi Bala – a festival dedicated to the art, music and cinema of Burkina Faso – and a Market of the Continents on alternate years.
October promises the Comic Strip Festival, which pays tribute to the bande dessinée, one of France’s most beloved art forms.
December, naturally, brings Christmas markets that sell Savoyard gifts and festive treats. Or come in February and you will be treated to both Les Nuits de la Roulotte, which is a celebration of gypsy music, and the Chambéry Carnival, complete with floats and street artists.
Many local events promote the economy and trade of the region. September’s Fair of Savoy, in particular, lasts for 10 days and features exhibitions on all things local. Around 400 exhibitors set up shop to sell their wares, but it isn’t all business. Attendees still have the chance to enjoy entertainment and talks throughout the duration of the fair. Similarly, the International Festival of Mountain Trades (FIMM) runs here every two years with the aim of stimulating employment in