Cheap flights to Geneva
With an old town ripe for exploring, full of winding cobblestone streets, gothic cathedrals and ancient city walls, Geneva has the historic charm that you would expect from any Swiss city. And being at the foot of the Alps, it also has a natural beauty that is hard to beat. Think lakeside promenades, parks and cafes complete with snow-capped mountains and you get the picture. But don’t go thinking this city is all history and no buzz. You’ll be hard pushed to find a more cosmopolitan place in Europe.
Geneva is home to international organisations such as the Red Cross and United Nations, to name a few, and is a modern city full of upmarket restaurants and hotels, with a nightlife that is more pumping than you’d expect. Rooftop cocktail bars, lakeside terraces, live music haunts and techno blaring dance clubs are all here catering to Geneva’s diverse population
Head to Bains des Pâquis or t? Geneve Plage and make like the locals: rent a Stand Up Paddle (SUP) to enjoy the lake during summertime. Either on a group lesson or on your own, this is one of the best ways to experience Geneva's outdoor lifestyle. For more information visit www.bains-des-paquis.ch, www.geneve-plage.ch.
Don't miss the Geneva lake festival, one of the city's biggest celebrations taking place from 04th to 14th August along the banks of the lake. With culinary creations from around the world, music concerts, dancing, street performers and roller coasters, the festivities culminate with the renowned fireworks display, taking place on 13th August and setting the lake on fire. www.fetesdegeneve.ch
Splurge at the brand new private baths, Bain Bleu Hammam et Spa at Geneva Plage. The outdoor baths, heated up to 35 degrees, have beautiful views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. The interior baths, steam room, spa and relaxation area are just as welcoming. For more information visit bain-bleu.ch.
On 24 September experience the désalpe: the alpine cattle descent that is one of the country's oldest traditions. Farmers wearing traditional costumes and cow horns decorated with flowers are among the highlights, as are the sounds of the Alphorn or the alpine choir. For more information visit www.st-cergue-tourisme.ch/fr.
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