|Community association||Usses and Rhône|
|Coordinates||46 ° 4 ' N , 5 ° 54' E|
|surface||16.88 km 2|
|Residents||1,033 (January 1, 2017)|
|Population density||61 inhabitants / km 2|
Clarafond-Arcine is a French commune in the department of Haute-Savoie in the region of Auvergne Rhône-Alpes .
Clarafond-Arcine is located at 506 m , about 26 kilometers northwest of the city of Annecy (as the crow flies). The farming village extends from a panoramic location on the high plateau west of the Montagne de Vuache , between the deeply cut valleys of the Rhone and the Usses, in the Genevois .
The area of the 16.88 km² municipality covers a section of the western Genevois. The main settlement area is the Clarafond plateau ( 500 m on average ), which extends west to the Bois du Clos . To the south the municipal area extends into the catchment area of the Usses, a left tributary of the Rhône. The northern boundary is the Rhône, which is cut around 200 m into the surrounding plateau in a valley. To the east of Clarafond-Arcine the plateau rises gradually, and the municipality floor extends down to the narrow, densely wooded ridge of the Montagne de Vuache, partly criss-crossed by rock bands, on which the highest elevation of Clarafond-Arcine is reached at 1000 m . In the far north of the area is the Défilé de l'Écluse , the breakthrough valley of the Rhône between the Grand Crêt d'Eau and the Montagne de Vuache.
In addition to the actual town center, Clarafond-Arcine also includes various villages, hamlet settlements and farmsteads, including:
- Arcine ( 523 m ) on the western slope of the Montagne de Vuache above the Rhône Valley
- Fruitière ( 440 m ) in a short side valley of the Rhône
- Trainant ( 520 m ) on the Clarafond plateau
- Quincy ( 480 m ) on the southern edge of the Clarafond plateau
Neighboring municipalities of Clarafond-Arcine are Léaz in the north, Chevrier , Vulbens , Dingy-en-Vuache and Chaumont in the east, Chessenaz and Vanzy in the south and Chêne-en-Semine and Éloise in the west.
The municipality of Clarafond-Arcine was already settled during Roman times, which could be proven on the basis of the foundations of a Roman brick factory. Clarafond is first mentioned in a document in the early 15th century. The place name goes back to the Latin words clarus (clear) and fons (source). Clarafond was assigned to the newly created Canton of Frangy in 1860 ; before it belonged to the canton of Seyssel . In 1973 the previously independent municipality of Arcine was incorporated into Clarafond, and since 2005 the municipality has had the double name.
The village church of Clarafond-Arcine was built in the 19th century. The Arcine church dates from the 18th century. Also worth seeing are the Château d'Arcine (originally from the 13th century, now restored) and the former Château de Verboz (now a farmhouse).
With 1033 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) Clarafond-Arcine is one of the small communities in the Haute-Savoie department. Since the mid-1970s, thanks to the beautiful residential area, there has been a significant increase in population.
Economy and Infrastructure
Clarafond-Arcine is still a predominantly agricultural village today . The municipality is located in the Savoie wine-growing region . White wines made from the Altesse grape variety (locally called Roussette ) may be marketed under the protected designation of origin Roussette de Savoie . The AOC Vin de Savoie applies to white wines of other grape varieties and red wines .
There are also some local small businesses. A large number of those in employment are commuters who work in the larger towns in the area, particularly in Bellegarde-sur-Valserine .
The place is well developed in terms of traffic. It is located on a departmental road that leads from Vulbens to Génissiat . Further road connections exist with Chessenaz and Chaumont. The next connection to the A40 motorway , which crosses the municipality, is around 3 km away.