Les Villards-sur-Thônes

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Les Villards-sur-Thônes
Les Villards-sur-Thônes (France)
Les Villards-sur-Thônes
region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Annecy
Canton Faverges
Community association Vallées de Thônes
Coordinates 45 ° 54 '  N , 6 ° 22'  E Coordinates: 45 ° 54 '  N , 6 ° 22'  E
height 716–2,019 m
surface 13.32 km 2
Residents 1,068 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 80 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 74230
INSEE code

Les Villards-sur-Thônes is a French commune in the department of Haute-Savoie in the region of Auvergne Rhône-Alpes .


Les Villards-sur-Thônes is located at 758  m , northeast of Thônes , about 18 kilometers east of the city of Annecy (as the crow flies). The village extends in the Nom valley, in the central part of the Bornes Alps at the southern foot of Mont Lachat.

The area of ​​the 13.32 km² municipal area covers a section of the Bornes Alps. The area is traversed from northeast to southwest by the Nom, a right tributary of the Fier , in a deep valley furrow. To the south, the community area extends over a forest-covered slope to the extensive mountain pastures on the Pointe de Beauregard ( 1647  m ). In the north, the municipality extends over a relatively steep slope to the ridge of Mont Lachat , on which the highest point of Les Villards-sur-Thônes is reached at 2019  m .

In addition to the actual town center, Les Villards-sur-Thônes also includes various hamlet settlements and farms, including:

  • Carrouge ( 770  m ) in the Nom valley to the east of the village
  • Plan du Bourgeal ( 810  m ) in the valley of the Nom
  • Le Bourgeal ( 850  m ) slightly elevated on the northern slope of the Nom

Neighboring municipalities of Les Villards-sur-Thônes are Glières-Val-de-Borne in the north, Saint-Jean-de-Sixt and La Clusaz in the east and Thônes in the south and west.


The place was first mentioned in the 12th century under the name Villari . The place name goes back to the late Latin word villare (village, hamlet).


The village church of Les Villards-sur-Thônes dates from the 19th century and has an onion dome. There is a chapel in the hamlet of Le Plan du Bourgeal. Various houses in the characteristic traditional architectural style have been preserved in the town center.


Population development
year Residents
1962 568
1968 540
1975 588
1982 671
1990 701
1999 899
2006 978

With 1,068 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017), Les Villards-sur-Thônes is one of the small communities in the Haute-Savoie department. In the course of the 20th century, the number of inhabitants decreased continuously due to strong emigration (in 1901 there were still 801 inhabitants in Les Villards-sur-Thônes). Since the mid-1970s, however, a significant increase in population has been recorded.

Economy and Infrastructure

Until well into the 20th century, Les Villards-sur-Thônes was a village dominated by agriculture and alpine farming. Today there are various small business enterprises. Many workers are commuters who work in the larger towns in the area. In recent decades, Les Villards-sur-Thônes has also benefited from tourism thanks to its proximity to the winter sports resorts in the Bornes massif.

The place is well developed in terms of traffic. It is on the D909 départemental road from Annecy to La Clusaz.

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