La Tarentaise Vanoise: a superb region of Savoyard mountains, but also a whole cultural heritage to be found in spas, but also well-deserved gourmet breaks with delicious local products such as Beaufort or crozets. With, to explore the region, the brand new Backpacker Tarentaise Vanoise available in bookstores.
The Tarentaise Vanoise, much more than mountains ...
In Savoie Mont-Blanc, on the border with Italy, the territory of Tarentaise Vanoise, land of art and history, displays magnificent wild landscapes in the heart of high mountains. Méribel, Courchevel, Val-Thorens, La Plagne or even Les Arcs, its illustrious ski resorts, are world famous, but its unspoiled nature and its rural heritage, proudly claimed by its inhabitants, also have something to seduce the traveler.
Direction Meribel-Mottaret and the House of the Tuéda plan nature reserve to walk along the lake and discover the most beautiful Swiss pine forests. Further on, you have to take the time to survey the Vanoise National Park, bordered by ten peaks over 3 meters above sea level. An exceptional site with its sparkling glaciers, its fresh meadows and its singing torrents.
If you like hiking, be sure to take a walk on the lake of la Rosière back to Courchevel to browse the dent du Villard. As a bonus, a view overlooking the lake awaits you.
The region will also appeal to history buffs, with in particular, in Courchevel 1850, the Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption chapel. Its architecture accommodates a sliding bay to follow the office from the outside. Surprising, isn't it?
You can also take advantage of your stay to visit lesser-known sites, but just as exciting, such as educational farm "Chez Pépé Nicolas" in Les Belleville, near Les Menuires. Young and old will be delighted by the animals and the tastings of local products. Then go back in time in the Bozel Valley to discover the Sarrazine Tower which offers a superb panorama from its summit or to Aime to observe the imposing tower of the Sires of Montmayeur, who controlled the river circulation of the Isère.
- athletes There are plenty of options in the Tarentaise Vanoise: rafting, canoeing, mountain biking, hiking or horseback riding, fishing, via ferrata, climbing and even skiing in the summer! The choice is vast. And, for a well-deserved break, relax in a spa in Brides-les-Bains or to La Léchère-les-Bains...
On the festive side, things are happening in Tarentaise Vanoise, especially in summer! Take part, around a good meal, in the effervescence of the Costume and Mountain Festival at Peisey-Nancroix and attend the parade which pays tribute to the millennial know-how of this territory of excellence.
Finally, you must absolutely taste the superb local products local: Beaufort, the famous cheese, with crozets, this square Savoyard pasta, passing the Savoyard crinchin, a delicious brioche with anise.
The Tarentaise Vanoise, a region of the most delicious, from all points of view!
New! A Tarentaise Vanoise Backpacker in bookstores
In this guide you will find the sites with the right addresses, the good practical and cultural plans to explore the essential information for a successful stay and maps with the addresses positioned ...
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-Cross the “Les Chemins du Baroque” route of the Land of Art and History of the High Valleys of Savoy® discovering churches with exuberant altarpieces or more confidential chapels. By car, motorbike or on foot, immerse yourself in Savoyard baroque art and discover the religious heritage of the Tarentaise.
- Hiking in the Rosuel valley until lake of La Plagne, at the gates of the Vanoise National Park, Peisey-Vallandry. Then devour a good blueberry pie at Refuge de Rosuel (sleep there) while tracking down bearded vultures with binoculars!
- AT Seez, discover the ancestral craftsmanship of wool spinning, perpetuated in the rules of the art by the Arpin spinning mill, still in activity since 1817. On site, take the opportunity to stop over at the Rullier house and to feast on delicious crozets.
- Climb on foot to the picturesque hamlet of Monal, and discover a marvelous listed village at an altitude of 1 m. Probably one of the prettiest in the valley, with sturdy chalets wrapped around a chapel.
- Waking up at dawn on a summer morning to ski on the slopes of Grande Motte glacier in Tignes, at an altitude of almost 3 m. During the ascent, enjoy the grandiose panorama by sitting on the terrace of the new cable car!
- Access by cable car to Ouillette lake in Val-d'Isère for a day of fishing and relaxation. Enjoy the panorama while waiting for it to bite the hook.
- Climb in the pastures for a family walk… and take the opportunity to buy from the farmers a tasty Beaufort Alpine chalet made on site, with milk from the tarine cows and the abundance that surrounds you. Famous picnic guaranteed!
- On horseback, explore the valley of Champagny-le-Haut, whose relief has been shaped by glaciers. To the rhythm of your mount, savor the wild landscapes of sheep, then perk up with a snack at the Glière refuge.
Find all the good tips and addresses in the Routard Tarentaise Vanoise, 112 pages. Price: € 4,90