Discover what to see in Les Belleville, the highest village in Europe, located at 2300 m altitude, in the Savoie department of southeastern France.
Read here some suggestion on what to do in Les Belleville for a wonderful ski holiday french alps.
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What to see in Les Belleville
In this dream traditional village, full of pretty chalet, there is a respect for traditional construction in an ideal environment: the beautiful Belleville Valley.
The main attractions to see in Les Belleville are, of course, mountains and ski resorts.
Les Menuires is a village located in the French Alps built specifically for winter tourism.
In fact there is a dense network of ski facilities that leads not only at high altitude, but also from one side of the village to the other.
Hotels and apartment Les Menuires are located on the slopes or close to the ski lifts.
Naturally the village can also be reached by car via the road that leads from the valley floor up in Val Thorens.
The slopes for alpine skiing are generally very interesting and served by fast and modern lifts.
It is possible to ski on both sides of the valley at altitudes between the 2780 meters of Mont de La Chambre up to the 1800 meters of the village.
Lac des Échauds
Quiet and relaxing, this tiny lake is accessible by car cable car from Val Thorens.
There is a pic-nic area where to have a rest after a nice walk with family or friends.
Usually, the lake freezes during the coldest months of the year, that is between January and February, but very nice to see anyway.
La Vanoise national park
Located in Savoie, between the high valleys of Maurienne and Tarentaise, the Vanoise National Park is the first French national park created in 1963.
The Vanoise National Park surrounds high mountains, rising to more than 3000 meters, on which many glaciers remain, but also penetrated by valleys opening to large passes of easy access.
Sheltered from the ocean rains by the Prealps and the mountain range of Belledonne, the massif has a relatively little rainy and sunny climate.
The great hiking trails that are the Via Alpina (great course of the Alpine Arc) and the GR®5, cross the massif from North to South.
Most of the trails are practicable from June 1 to October 30, but there is a risk of late or early snowfall; it is always safer to inquire before going on a mountain hike.
Saint Martin de Belleville
Saint Martin de Belleville was the first town in the valley to have been reached by road and to be equipped with ski lifts for alpine skiing.
Saint Martin de Belleville has a cable-car that starts from the 1400 meters of the village.
A four-seat chair lift takes skiers up to Tougnette where it is possible to go down to Meribel or head to Les Menuires.
Two other ski lifts complete the equipment.
Val Thorens is, undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful af all french ski areas. It is part of Les Trois Vallées, one of the largest ski areas in the world with more than 600 km of slopes.
Renowned for the quality of its snow and its hi-tech lifts, from beginner to advanced, the Val Thorens ski area offers a lots of fun whatever the level of skiers!
The ski resort is open from mid-November to early May, usually the snow is there from December to April.
Shopkeepers, hoteliers, communities seem to converge towards a multitude of coherent services and successful animations.
The nearest airports are Chambéry, Lyon, and Geneva, with transfer times of 2 hours, 2 h 45 min, and 3 h 15 min respectively.
Or, to reach Val Thorens, you can take the snow train from Moûtiers.
Be careful however: difficult nights due to the altitude.Categories: Curiosities