Bring bottles for free Evian water
On our second trip to Evian we had a little trouble finding a parking place and ended up on a side street. Much to our surprise we discovered "the Source" or spring that makes Evian famous. It is open and free to anyone. The only catch is that you have to have your own bottles. We patiently waited for the man ahead of us to fill his bottles (large) with free Evian water and then took our turn with my tiny grocery store bottle but at least I can say I got a free bottle of Evian.
There is a huge factory in a nearby town where they have a bottling plant and I'm sure you can tour it, but the spring in the hillside above Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) was utterly charming and well worth searching out. It is signposted but we didn't notice this until after we found it.
"You know you are there!"
This is the signpost as you enter Evian. We were headed into town from Switzerland that day but had approached from Annecy several years before. It's a lovely drive along Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) either way. The first time we visited it was rainy and we decided we prefer sun but even the rainy day was lovely . . . and not nearly as many tourists!
"Lake Geneva AKA Lac Leman (in France)"
The lake is beautiful and there are benches along a walkway in Evian so you can sit and enjoy the views. We love watching the boats and once we saw some ugly ducklings. There were two parent swans, resident on the lake, and they had their cygnets with them. They really did look like ugly ducklings . . . but were so cute as only baby animals (or birds) can be.
There are marvelous ice cream cones for sale along the walkway if you want a snack.