In the 'Golden Valley', Valloire with its 17 hamlets and 16 chapels is a reasonably large traditional village.
Built around a XVIIth century Baroque style church, Valloire has retained the charm and authenticity of days gone by with friendly welcoming residents. The pretty village lies between the mythical Télégraphe and Galbier passes which are crossed by the Tour de France. It is a mountain bike centre with 130kms of routes, with courses, excursions and events organised all year long. In July the Famous Tour de France comes to the area.
Restaurants in Valloire will suit all tastes and budgets, ranging from the much praised ‘Le Gastilleur’, to the cosy Crêperie. ‘La Petite Marmite’, with its 6 day regional take-away meal formula, will suit those who want to eat in. There is a good selection of bars, discos, shops, ice rink, bowling and fitness centre. A variety of activities is on offer in Valloire, including climbing, horse riding archery and tennis, and two cable cars making the mountains even more accessible. The children’s club “Les Aiglons” will entertain children with games, activities, and village discovery visits. Alternatively, try Alpine golf at the 18 hole course, or be Tarzan for a day in the Adventure Park.
At the foot of the famous Galibier Pass, Valloire is accessed via the motorway exit and TGV station at St Michel de Maurienne (17km and 4 hrs from Paris by train). The Col du Galibier in 1911 was made famous by Tour de France between Southern Alps and Northern Alps. In the summer Valloire being at the foot of the Col du Galibier boasts many beautiful mountains such as the Aiguilles d’Arves, the Cerces, the Thabor peaks and National Parks of Ecrins and the Vanoise nearby.
Places of interest in Valloire
· L’eglise Notre Dame l’Assomption a Valloire – 17th century Baroque church containing elaborate contemporary altar pieces is one of the most richly decorated in the Savoie region, The calvary above the vestry door, dating from 1609, is believed to be a copy of Albrecht Dürer’s Christ.
· Visit a working farm to buy the local Beaufort cheese (with cheese tasting)…