|Community association||Vallées de Thônes|
|surface||13.32 km 2|
|Residents||1,068 (January 1, 2017)|
|Population density||80 inhabitants / km 2|
Les Villards-sur-Thônes is located at 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., northeast of
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 ( ). 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 .
In addition to the actual town center, Les Villards-sur-Thônes also includes various hamlet settlements and farms, including:
- Carrouge ( ) in the Nom valley to the east of the village
- Plan du Bourgeal ( ) in the valley of the Nom
- Le Bourgeal ( ) slightly elevated on the northern slope of the Nom
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.
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.