The most well-known French spa resort on Lake Geneva, Évian maintains a clinical orderliness that wouldn’t be out of place on the opposite side of the water. The spa aside – which is currently being renovated – there are a certainly a couple of attractions that merit an afternoon’s sightseeing, although simply taking a stroll along the waterfront, or a leisurely trip on the lake is good enough reason to spend some time here.

The mineral water for which Évian is famous is now bottled at an industrial estate in Amphion, 3km along the lakeside, but you can admire the Source Cachat on avenue des Sources, which gushes away behind the Évian company’s former offices on rue Nationale – itself a fine bit of Art Nouveau architecture, though now sadly redundant. Make sure you do as the locals do and take a bottle along, though there is often a bit of a scrum around the fountain from whence the nicely chilled water spouts.

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