Haute Maurienne Vanoise

BessansTHE NORDIC SPIRIT1 740m - 2 000 m
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Altitude 1,750 m

In Haute Maurienne Vanoise, once you’ve crossed the Col de la Madeleine, the plain of Bessans stretches before you. Surrounded by snow-covered peaks, the Bessans plateau offers a host of activities, including the Ludi’lacs recreation area and the superb Chantelouve mountain bike area. When you choose this destination for your summer holidays in the mountains, you can be sure of one thing – you’re about to discover the real you!

Bessans in Summer

From the Col de la Madeleine to the Rocher du Château, the Bessans plain stretches between the Ribon and Avérole valleys and numerous peaks and glaciers exceeding altitudes of 3,000 metres. Around Bessans, the hamlets of Villaron, Vincendières, Goulaz and Avérole are worth a visit for their narrow streets and stone chalets with stone-slate roofs. This typical habitat is quite rustic and evidence of the difficult living conditions.

The Saint-Antoine chapel features some valuable wall paintings and the Saint-Jean-Baptiste church is decorated in baroque style. A four-horned devil dominates the village square. You’ll have no trouble finding out the story behind this local curiosity, as everyone here knows the legend of the Devil!

Take advantage of the pleasant temperatures at this altitude – 1,750 metres – to try a whole variety of activities that will appeal to the whole family, including lake fishing, swimming and fun in the water at the Ludi’lacs centre, laser shooting and rollerblading at the biathlon stadium, Nordic walking, hiking and glacier trekking, botanical trail, via ferrata and climbing, and mountain biking in the brand new Chantelouve mountain bike area.

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Take advantage of the summer shuttle buses to Avérole to get closer to the peaks at the border and the routes once used by peddlers and horse dealers. Go to the Vallon mountain pasture where Sébastien will share with you his life as a farmer. Your children will love helping to milk the cows, sleeping in the chalet and waking to the sound of cowbells and the sight of ibex, chamois and marmots.

Don’t leave Bessans without having admired the traditional costumes worn during the 15th August celebrations. And you must try the “Jambon cousu” (stitched cured ham) a Bessans speciality that you’ll find at the Pontet butcher’s shop!

Our commitments

#Les Alpesgénéreuses are happy to welcome you back (at last!) for an escape that promises fresh mountain air, beautiful scenery, fabulous adventures, relaxation and great food…
Our top priority is, quite simply, to offer you peace of mind on holiday!

To accomplish this, the Aussois tourism partners have made a commitment to implement appropriate hygiene measures to meet the requirements of their specific professions.

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Zero paper

In addition to the government measures implemented to reduce the spread of Covid-19, the Haute Maurienne Vanoise Tourist Office has decided to go paperless and make most of its brochures available to holidaymakers in electronic form.

The activity guide, entertainment programme and mobility guide are now available for download in PDF format.

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