Brides-les-Bains

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Brides-les-Bains
Brides-les-Bains is located in France
Brides-les-Bains
Brides-les-Bains
Coordinates: 45°27′12″N 6°34′03″E / 45.4533°N 6.5675°E / 45.4533; 6.5675Coordinates: 45°27′12″N 6°34′03″E / 45.4533°N 6.5675°E / 45.4533; 6.5675
Country France
Region Rhône-Alpes
Department Savoie
Arrondissement Albertville
Canton Bozel
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Denise Shelley
Area
 • Land1 2.63 km2 (1.02 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 597
 • Population2 density 230/km2 (590/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 73057 / 73570
Elevation 556–1,040 m (1,824–3,412 ft)
(avg. 580 m or 1,900 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Brides-les-Bains is a commune in the Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.

It was an Olympic Village for the 1992 Winter Olympics, based in Albertville, France.

It is a popular holiday destination for English tourists, owing to its easy accessibility via Eurostar direct from London and its cable-car link direct to the ski slopes at Méribel, a major resort eight miles (13 km) away.

Although Brides-les-Bains' main attraction to tourists is its convenience for Méribel, the village boasts a few attractions, including several health spas and a casino, and a few sites of historic or cultural interest, including the springs from which the town takes its name, a medieval church and a statue made out of piping titled "La Manche de Chapeau" (French: "The Sleeve of a Hat").

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