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Albeit a purpose-built resort with unattractive architecture, the holiday destination of Tignes is one of Europe's highest resorts and offers the best snow conditions in the Alps with excellent snow cover and a place to ski almost year round thanks to the high-altitude Grand Motte glacier. An excellent lift system links the holiday resort of Tignes to its neighbour Val d'Isère and together they form the vast ski area known as Espace Killy, with 193 miles (310km) of lift-linked trails and an area that is regarded as one of Europe's best and most beautiful ski areas.

Tignes is made up of three villages: Val Claret is the highest and is situated at the foot of the glacier; Tignes Le Lac with its stunning setting on the lake is the largest, and the modern Tignes Le Lavachet is further down. Two small villages below, Tignes Les Brévières and Tignes Les Boisses, are directly linked to the ski area and provide a more traditional atmosphere with charming chalets, narrow streets and picturesque churches. All five villages are connected by a free bus service.

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Non-skiing holidaymakers will find lots to do in Tignes, including dog sledding, paragliding and hang gliding, ice and rock climbing, horseriding, walking, mountain biking and iceskating. There are also fitness and spa centres that offer jacuzzis, saunas, a beauty parlour and swimming pools. In March and April scuba diving tours under the ice (Tignes Le Lac) are run by the Adventure School. Summer skiing is also available on the Grand Motte glacier with over 25 miles (40km) of runs open.


French is the official language.


The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels, though you will get a better exchange rate at the ATMs. Major credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques, particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not accepted.


Tignes is a purpose-built resort and those seeking a traditional French-chalet style atmosphere will be disappointed. The resort is popular and prices are accordingly high. The nightlife and après-ski action is limited.

Night Life

The nightlife in Tignes is relatively quiet, and those seeking a more active scene will have to head to neighbouring Val d'Isère. Numerous bars and cafes cater to the off-the-slopes crowd, and several discos shake until the early hours, but the village authorities do not tolerate wild partying in the streets and general rowdiness is likely to bring on a large fine or a visit to the local jail. Tignes Le Lac and Val Claret are the liveliest villages.


Numerous restaurants in Tignes cater to the different tastes and budgets of all holidaymakers with a wide selection of international cuisine and local Savoyard fare, from American-style fast food, pizzerias and a taste of Mexico to crèperies and chicken cordon bleu. Local specialities can be found at the Brasserie du Petit Savoyard in Val Claret and Le Brasero in Le Lavachet. Gourmets will be satisfied at Hotel Ski d'Or or Le Caveau in Val Claret.


With over 150 shops, holiday visitors wanting to shop till they drop will be able to find almost everything in the resort area from upmarket French boutiques to sports equipment and tourist items. Markets offer homemade goods with a traditional French flavour.


Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).

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