Bonneval sur Arc in Summer:
Ranked among the most beautiful villages in France and twinned with Les Baux de Provence, Bonneval sur Arc is a pearl in a setting, a village at the end of the world, a postcard. Nestling at an altitude of 1,800 m at the foot of the Iseran Pass, the highest road pass in the Alps at 2,770 m, which can be crossed from June to October, Bonneval sur Arc was voted 6th favourite village of the French in 2015.
Just walk through the narrow streets where no electric wire spoils the picture, look up at the balconies where the “grebons” are drying, admire the larch frames supporting the heavy slate, to feel the soul of this village, its agricultural activity, the harshness of its winters.
Upstream, the hamlet of l’Ecot, which was used as a set for the filming of the film Belle et Sébastien, is a must to discover the typical and traditional habitat of high altitude: stocky stone houses with roofs covered with slate, small windows and doors.
L’Ecot is also the starting point for hikes to Les Evettes or the Carro, and for mountaineering races (Albaron, Ciamarella, Pointe Marie, Levanna).
Dare to descend the Ecot canyon, without major difficulty, in an exceptional setting.
If you feel like skiing, it’s possible even in summer. See you at the Col de l’Iseran on the Pissaillas glacier!
Speaking of effortless mountain biking, challenge yourself to climb the Iseran pass on an electric-assisted bike!
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Take advantage of the shuttle bus to the Pont de l’Oulietta for hikes in the Vanoise National Park. This park shares a common border with the Italian Gran Paradiso National Park.
These flowery mountain pastures grazed by herds of cows contribute to the production of the municipality’s cheese speciality: Bleu de Bonneval, whose fame extends far beyond the region!