Evian-les-Bains, France

Sunset on Lake Geneva

Evian! I envisioned a utopia of vast pools, flowing fountains and inviting spas.

Colorful Evian street

Instead, I found a petite village of cobblestone streets lined with colorful old houses and a lengthy, flower-lined promenade. The town looks like many others that line Lake Geneva, only smaller. Much smaller.

Palais Lumière rooftop against the Alps

It takes about five minutes to see the whole area. There is a spa at one end of the town center and an exhibit on the town’s history in the Hall d’Exposition. The bottling plant is 5k out of town.

Lake Geneva

The best way to reach Evian is via ferry across Lake Geneva.


Evian sits on the French side of Lake Geneva, or Lac Léman as it is called in French.

Hôtel de Ville overlooks the lake

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