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In Savoie, 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.

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.

The nordic spirit



A land of legends and beautiful peaks

Under the watchful eye of the Charbonnel glacier in a remarkable mountain setting, the vast Nordic plateau and the many hamlets with their traditional architecture, are a permanent invitation to go on a journey…

Its devil sculpted in wood is behind many a well-known legend, but Bessans is even more famous as a major international venue for biathlon events. In summer, the biathlon stadium becomes a hotspot for rollerblading, rollerskiing and archery.

Once frequented by peddlers, this place of passage between France and Italy boasts a multitude of footpaths that invite you to enjoy some extremely beautiful walks!

The hamlets surrounding Bessans are steeped in history, legends and religion. These inhabited places high in the mountains are key features that are definitely worth visiting.