The destiny of the large village of SAINT-ETIENNE DE CUINES, home to 1236 inhabitants and located at the entrance to the very attractive vallée des Villards and the Glandon pass was ever-evolving in the distant past under the rule of the powerful “Cuines family”. Originally a farming and pastoral centre, this village was to witness a economic upturn after 1884 following the transformation of a mill into a pasta manufacturer’s « Les pâtes La Lune » which was known world wide.. The Bozon-Verduraz factory employed as many as 700 workers at one point.
Nowadays the village has become chiefly residential and in the hamlets, on the road des Côtes, the setting is peaceful and many people have restored old farms, ancestral dwellings or barns to use a holiday home.
At your service: a small shopping centre with , tobacconist’s-newsagent’s, hairdresser, naturopath, chemist, nurse’s surgery, physiotherapist, ostheopath, dentist, graphist and in the town, 2 restaurants and 1 catering service, 1 butchery, 1creamery, 1 fruit and vegetable seller, clothes shop.
Gîtes de France rated 3 épis, and apartments to let (see accommodation page).
The church was done up in sarde neo-classiquecal style in 1845 and houses a bronze bell dating from 1560. Religious services on Saturdays every other month.
The fortified house La Maison forte de Gruyère : despite its current state of ruin this house still possesses a large, round tower and a second, smaller square one that are linked by a wing to the fortified house, la maison forte de Gruyère.
The fortified house La Maison forte du Châtelet dating from the 17th century which looks out over the village centre is a large, square house with a four-sided roof and some beautiful terraces which form suspended gardens.
Discover our guide to history and tourism via the open museum presented by the association “Héritage et Mémoire pour Demain”, via city hall website in the menu “Histoire” or “Tourisme”.
Fishing in the lake, athletics training, gymnastics, football, see the various sports clubs on city hall website..
Walking trails from some of the hamlets.
Perfect altitude for cycling tours.