The snow-sure glacier resort of Tignes in the magnificent Savoie Alps is widely recognised as one of Europe’s, if not one of the world’s most comprehensive ski destinations. With only a half-hour ski or 15-minute drive to the neighbouring world famous resort of Val d’Isère, a holiday here really gives you two resorts in one.
Tignes is actually made up of 5 villages; Val Claret, Tignes le Lac, Le Lavachet, Tignes Les Boisses and Tignes-les-Brévières. The first three are close together at 2100 m and Les Boisses and Les Brevieres are further down the valley, above and below the dam respectively. Les Brévières is an old village whereas all the others were created as part of the Dam construction or development of the ski resort.
Tignes has a reputation for being the ‘sportiest resort in France’ partly due to the range of activities on offer here both summer and winter but also because the resort regularly hosts major sporting events such as the X Games and is the venue for international level training camps – the French football team have trained here since 1997.
It is widely accepted that Tignes offers more diverse slopes than its chic neighbour and lies 200m higher, at an altitude of 2,100m. The majority of experienced skiers who stay in Val d’Isere often find themselves drawn towards the varied terrain and truly outstanding off-piste on offer in Tignes. Together the two resorts make up the Espace Killy ski area, named after Jean-Claude Killy the icon of French skiing and the lift pass cover both resorts.
The Espace Killy is one of France’s largest ski area, and is certainly one of the most snow sure resorts in the Alps, meaning the resort and modern lift system open in late November until early May making it the perfect choice for an early ski break. Although perhaps lacking in traditional Alpine charm, there is a beauty in the stark mountains where pistes are mostly above the tree level.
Lo Soli means 'barn' in the local Tignes dialect and the restaurant is found on the mountain l'Aiguille Percée, between Tignes-le-Lac and Tignes-les-Boisses. Part of the l'Alpage restaurant, it has a roaring log fire on snowy days and impressive views from the terrace when it's warmer. It serves typical Savoyard fare including local cheesy dishes as well as hearty steaks and burgers.
The waiter-service restaurant in the refurbished at 3,032m at the top of the Grande Motte funicular is full to the brim with a plethora of sheepskin rugs –they cover the chairs and even form the curtains. The chef here is Jean-Michel Bouvier who also presides over La Table en Montagne in town in Hotel Les Suites de Nevada. Try the hot creamy cheese in a box cooked on the wood fire, with boiled potatoes and lettuce - or an XXL burger with grilled foie gras, pickled onions, bacon, tomato and lettuce, served with home-made chips.
For a less showy alternative, this lovely self-service which is in the same building as Le Panoramic, and is one of the best on the mountain. It serves will roasted meats, pasta, pizza and a selection of homemade desserts at shared refectory style tables
Located at the bottom of the Grande Motte, 50m from the piste, in Val Claret, this is always busy; so go early to avoid queues. It serves hearty portion sof burgers, sandwiches, salads and omelettes - including the substantial farmer's omelette.
Attached to the famous and original ‘La Folie Douce’, this is their very popular à la carte restaurant. Not cheap, but modern Savoyard cuisine, organic and beautifully presented with great ambiance. Opt for a late lunch here as the atmosphere is building outside La Folie Douce, then move outdoors as the music cranks up and enjoy the legendary après. Situated at the top of La Daille.
This unique gourmet restaurant is in a heated tented dining room on the snow. With an extensive wine list, good service and an excellent menu, they can also cater for larger groups. There is also a good self-service / pizzeria. Located at the top of the Solaise Express.
This restaurant and bar is located on the Solaise side of Val d'Isere, at the bottom of the Madeline piste and chairlift. It boasts a beautiful terrace looking out over the mountains. With bright coloured furniture and a fun atmosphere, you can choose from a variety of food and drink. Perfect for a sunny day and in the warmer months of skiing.
A popular lunch spot for Val regulars for years; good food and service in a fun and friendly atmosphere, serving pizzas, pastas & fondues. A simpler dining experience than some but definitely to be recommended. Located next to the bottom Funival funicular station at La Daille.
A lovely restaurant in an old Savoyard farm building that serves great food using local ingredients and traditional recipes with a modern twist. A lot of their produce comes from their own farm on-site. Young chefs Nicolas & Guillaume are developing a fantastic reputation and booking is advised.
This lovely family run restaurant is in the centre of Le Lavachet and has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. It serves traditional Savoyard dishes and has a good-value set menu.
A small, rustic place close to the Sache cable car in Tignes-les-Brevières. Try the pickled raw beef with Parmesan as a starter, char fish filet with white wine sauce as a main, and Tarte Tatin with cinnamon ice cream for pudding. There's a selection of simpler pizzas, too, such as the signature L'Armailly with tomatoes, cured ham, onion, raclette cheese, and oregano – delicious!
This is a contemporary Savoyard restaurant in the five-star Hotel Suites de Nevada, just off the piste in Val Claret. It's a gastronomic oasis with plenty of ambience where meat and fish is cooked on hot stones and then carved and served at your table. Try the mountain-raised chicken in a local mushroom cream sauce or the shoulder of suckling pig caramelized in spices, followed by a peach roasted in honey.T
A great restaurant in Val Claret –itǯs small with a great atmosphere and a good varied menu. There is usually live music to accompany the later sitting and there is a small bar area.
Situated in Val Claret centre, this is a family-run Italian restaurant with an excellent quality and range of food including pizza, pasta and Savoyard specialities. For carnivores, the steaks are first-rate with a large choice of cuts as well as accompaniments. Vegetarians are catered for too with a wide selection of dishes such as pasta with five different grilled vegetables in a tomato sauce.It's a comfortable place with a rustic, cosy atmosphere. There are several long tables so it's ideal for large groups. Also offers a take-away service.
Owned by Michelin-star chef Jean-Michel Bouvier and located next to the Hotel L'Ecrin in Val Claret this gastronomic restaurant will not leave you disappointed. The food is high quality and varies between traditional raclettes to more inventive alpine flavours of dark rich meaty dishes. The restaurant has a fantastic wine list and a cosy atmosphere. This restaurant would be ideal for a quieter, more romantic night out. Booking is recommended.
The head Chef and his team at Lo Terrachu pride themselves on creating gastronomic food, using great quality produce, from the eggs that make the cakes for afternoon tea to the locally sourced Savoie lamb for your main course. The quality of the produce and the imagination of the chefs create a culinary experience that you will never forget
This restaurant in Val Claret has gained a good reputation for the quality of its food and excellent service. More Parisian bistro than Alpine refuge, the menu steers clear of the usual tartiflette and fondue. Dishes of lamb, trout, duck, king prawns, etc are beautifully presented and served with an excellent choice of wines.
This is a chic & quirky restaurant with great food & unusual cocktails, tucked away in Tignes Lavachet, an area some might regard to be a little sleepier than Le Lac. This welcoming little restaurant is a great place to dine, be it with family, friends or date in tow.As you arrive, walking in past an old French bakery cart and old-fashioned radio it gives you a hint as to the quirky decor and cosy atmosphere found inside.
Situated in the small alpine village of Tignes les Brevieres, La Bouida is a family run restaurant built from traditional materials and furnished in typical alpine style. It is renowned for its selection of typical Savoyard specialities including raclette, fondue and pierrade.
Le Chalet, Tignes Le Lac
Le Chalet is the restaurant of 4 star Les Campanules Hotel and service inventive cuisine in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. This restaurant offering a superb view over the mountains and ski slopes boasts two major attractions: it uses only the finest of ingredients, and these are always beautifully prepared.
Located in Val Claret has the resort's biggest terrace and some of the cheapest beer in town, with a happy hour from 4pm to 6pm that 300 people squeeze in for. The bar area serves snacks and has DJs, live bands, table football, pool, a big video screen and free wifi. At 10pm the place transforms into a nightclub.
Le Couloir Bar in Val Claret is a great place to go for live music, with a mix of bands and DJs, and a soul and funk night once a week. The bar has a large selection of whisky, cocktails and tapas upstairs and a restaurant downstairs.
Grizzly’s, a log cabin with a lovely warm and woody interior complete with fireplace and fur rugs – perfect for après. The design has an almost Native American feel with lots of beautiful animal wood carvings and seats in nooks and crannies. There's also an outdoor fire pit. It’s one of the most attractive venues in Tignes for a vin chaud or hot chocolate.
In Le Lac area our favourite is the Loop Bar - a fantastic venue with the best of both worlds, a sun-drenched terrace with a great view and fantastic live bands that will have you dancing on the tables.
L’Embuscade is a hidden gem at the top of Rue de la Poste in Le Lac area of the resort. Lovely, cosy atmosphere, funky tunes, pool table and well-priced drinks. Perfect for après or late evening entertainment!
If you’re down in Les Breviaries then pop into the Vault Bar - fun, lively atmosphere in a rustic log cabin style. A great place to warm up after a day on the mountain with cocktails, mulled cider, drink promos and live music and weekly events.
This is a nightclub with French euro-pop and techno with a sprinkling of R'n'B songs that will get you on the dance floor. It is in Val Claret area but be warned Blue Girl is also famous for its popular weekly sexy show - female strippers, which is not to everyone’s taste.
This nightclub that is popular due to the many guest DJ nights, if you've baulked at the cheesiness of the other clubs then this is the place for you. With an up-to-date music policy of funk and drum'n'bass . It is located in Val Claret
Situated half way up the Rue de la Poste, The Underground offers a chilled atmosphere with some good apres bands and some great late night DJs. A great place to go for something different and some pretty good bar snacks along with it!
A bowling alley AND a nightclub! Just next door to the Spar supermarket in Le Lac, there are 10 bowling lanes and a games arcade open til 2am! Also situated within the bowling alley, Jacks nightclub specialises in 80's and dance music - both English and French. If you don't take your music too seriously it is perfect for a dance and a whirl around the pole.