The village and the Pic de Marcelly
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Yves Laurat|
|• Land1||42.66 km2 (16.47 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||74/km2 (190/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||74276 / 74440|
|Elevation||609–2,000 m (1,998–6,562 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.
Taninges is a pleasant town of over 3000 people in the French Alps, about 45 minutes drive east of Geneva and close to the city of Cluses. It dates back to Roman times, and some Roman cobblestone mountain tracks are still in existence. The town has hotels, restaurants, cinema, municipal campsite, supermarket and petrol station. A river runs through the town, and there are many walking and cycling tracks in the area. There is also a tourist information centre with internet and multi-lingual staff in the centre of the town.
Taninges is located close to the ski resorts of Le Praz de Lys, Sommand and Les Gets, popular in the winter. The Carthusian monastery of Mélan, founded in 1285, is on the southeastern edge of the town. In the church tower is a carillon, the first in the département of Haute-Savoie, with 40-50 bells together weighing 3 tonnes. The old bridge (le Vieux pont) in the old town dates from the sixteenth century.
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