Station Verte label
The Station Verte label develops tourism with a human face, based on the values of sharing, authenticity and respect for the inhabitants and the territory.
Come and relax, recharge your batteries and soak up the history of this village, the cradle of the history of Saint-François de Sales, which has preserved its natural surroundings. Its highest point, the Sous Dîne mountain, reaches an altitude of 2004 m.
The Château de Thorens, built in the 11th century, is an emblematic place in the history of Saint-François de Sales. A Catholic priest, he became Prince-Bishop of Geneva and one of the most respected theologians of his time. His story is another part of the historical heritage of the area. The castle preserves its objects and works of art, liturgical silverware, episcopal robes, seals and rare books.
The history of the village of Thorens is also closely linked to that of the Plateau des Glières. This Mecca of the Resistance dominates a territory marked by history, proud of its destiny and its assets.
The Plateau des Glières was a refuge for resistance fighters during the Second World War and is now a real playground for sportsmen, hikers and families. A real breath of fresh air 45 minutes from Annecy.
© Gilles Piel
France’s first ecotourism label
The Station Verte label is a tourism label created in 1964 by the French Federation of Green Resorts and Snow Villages. It promotes nature destinations throughout France, whether they are located in the countryside, in the mountains, near the coast or overseas.
The objective of a Station Verte is to promote and develop nature tourism in rural communities, in order to contribute to the preservation of the land and its economic dynamism.
To label, support, promote and represent tourist communities that respect the values of the Station Verte Charter. For a commune, being labelled as a Station Verte means:
- share a common vision of tourism that is both authentic and respectful of local characteristics
- to develop sustainable initiatives in favour of a respected and preserved nature
- to offer a complete range of activities linked to a natural, cultural or historical heritage
- to engage in local tourism that is both human and respectful of the territory
- to promote the natural attractions of the area