|• Mayor (2001–2008)||Denise Shelley|
|• Land1||2.63 km2 (1.02 sq mi)|
|• 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.
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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