-Active trips from a traditional and pretty base.
-Cycling holidays. Valloire is known for its wonderful cycle routes, and the Tour de France even travels through here.
-This is a family-friendly destination, so there's plenty of dining options to suit all ages.
Situated on the border of the Southern and Northern Alps, Valloire is a traditional Savoyard village located at an altitude of 1500m and is the largest ski resort in the Maurienne Valley. In the summer this massive resort becomes a picturesque paradise, renowned for its friendly and welcoming residents.
The Golden Valley of Valloire is one of the larger traditional villages and is home to 17 hamlets and 16 chapels. Valloire was first built around a 17th-century Baroque style church, and ever since, has held on to its natural charm and authenticity. The quaint village lies between the Télégraphe and Galbier passes, which are crossed during the world famous Tour de France. This mountainous resort is characterised by three flowing rivers, the Aiguilles d'Arves summit, stunning mountain lakes, lush forests, and the impressive Grand Galibier summit. It's the ideal place for those wanting to explore this magical region.
Valloire is a "must-cycle" for any mountain bike enthusiasts. The resort has a mountain bike centre with over 125km of routes, complete with courses, excursions and events organised all year long. There's a fantastic array of mountain biking opportunities on offer, such as the Enduro-Downhill-Freeride.
With 17 slopes; 33km of which fitted with curves and jumps; two lifts between 1430m and 2300m high; and 5500m of cumulated difference in level, cyclists are catered for on every level. There are also 12 Cross Country circuits, all at different levels, and 155km of marked and maintained circuits. Extra services include local bike washing, and two specialised mountain bike shops (for rental, selling and repairs).
The greater area of the Maurienne Valley is described as "the world's largest cycling area" and hosts the most impressive climbs in the Alps: Galibier, Glandon, Madeleine, Iseran and Croix de Fer. There is a staggering 56,000m of ascent over nine different passes. All of which are marked with cycling milestones that can be used to count down your distance to the top. The handy timing system, Timtoo, can be found on 19 of these routes. If you time your visit in July, you will also be able to experience the famous Tour de France as it makes a visit to the area.
There is a range of other sports to enjoy here as well as cycling. Test your aim at archery, a sport that fits in perfectly with the traditional village atmosphere. Close by to the archery centre is an indoor ice rink, where you will still find a taste of winter even during your summer visit. Playing tennis in Valloire is the perfect way to get active as you soak in the stunning landscape surrounding the courts.
For a more relaxing sport, which really allows you to absorb the local scenery, there is a 6-hole golf course just 2km from Valloire. The Valloire heated outdoor swimming pool is another place to relax, or to enjoy some active fun, offering plenty of facilities for families such as a chute, paddling pool, beach volley ground, picnic area, certified instructors and a bar.
Another adventurous activity available in Valloire is paragliding, the perfect opportunity to experience unparalleled views of the Alps. For a treetop adventure, visit the Valloire Adventure Parc Forêt de l'Enfer. There are six circuits, with different coloured difficulties and featuring a range of footbridges, monkey bridges, 80m of Tyrolienne, and a heroic Tarzan Jump.
The Crey du Quart sector is the place to go if you are looking for a variety of choice from your mountainside meal. Auberge de l'Archaz is a cosy restaurant that offers its visitors both generous views and generous portions, while Les Mérégers is a simpler choice with quick and friendly service, against a backof amazing views. With a menu including pizzas cooked in a wood fired oven, it's an extremely popular lunchtime stop, and perfect for families.
The Chalet de la Brive knows how to cater for all, with a restaurant area with table service for those who like to relax, as well as a large self-service cafeteria if you prefer to choose from a variety of options. For a more relaxed atmosphere, perhaps for the evening, visit Le Chalet de Montissot, where you will be greeted with music on the terrace and a first-class menu.
If you really want to find solace, walk the short distance to Les Chalets de l'Arméra where you will be able to get away from the busy crowds. Here guests can enjoy delicious French cuisine either out on the open stone terrace or warmed up next to an open fire.
Something for everyone
Valloire provides plenty of choice of eateries, and really can cater to all tastes and budgets. Kôsa Krûta sandwich bar is always popular and is bustling with people. You have the option to phone in your order in advance, enjoy a take away picnic, or eat in. Vegetarians and people with other dietary requirements can enjoy this place too, as all of the sandwiches are made to order.
At the end of a busy day, the L'Equipe bar on the side of the Christiania Hotel is a lovely place to enjoy a drink and simply unwind. Its warm, cosy atmosphere makes it a favourite among the ski instructors during winter, and an equally welcoming place during summer.
The lifts in Valloire are open during the summer, and you are able to use them to bring your mountain bike up several routes. The lifts are usually open from 9am to 5pm but this may vary according to the weather and hours of sunlight. It is also possible that some lifts may close for lunch, so it is best to check ahead of time.
To ensure families are happy and to avoid any unwanted surprises, the French Tourism Ministry has created a new national tourism label to approve the facilities and services available to visitors with children staying in French tourist destinations. Valloire has acquired the "Famille Plus" label for its childcare facilities. There is also a list of trained babysitters available at the local tourist office.
If you travel by car, parking should not be difficult in Valloire during the summer months. There is both indoor and outdoor parking available, and in some locations you may be able to book a space in advance.