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Tarentaise

The Massif de la Vanoise, France’s second largest alpine range, rises south of the Mont Blanc and is encircled by the river Isere to the north and the Arc to the south. These two wide valleys are better known as Tarentaise and Maurienne.

Although the Tarentaise, as home to some of the world’s most famous ski resorts, comes into full tourist bloom in the winter ski season, there is its natural beauty to explore in summer plus a formidable array of traditional churches, hiking trails and full-on Alpine summer sports. For the daring, summer skiing in Tignes at the top of the Grande Motte glacier is a must, but the area offers a comprehensive range of activities, from the downright weird and wonderful to the more sedate and gentle. The little city of Moûtiers and ancient Aime count among the most interesting historic stops in the Tarentaise and also not to be missed is the major retable in the church of Saint-Martin de Belleville. The metallic blue-green river Arc snakes through the 75-mile long Maurienne valley – you’ll get the best view from the Col du Télégraphe. 

The best resorts in Tarentaise

  • Tignes Le Lac & Val Claret

    The resort of Tignes 2100, is now made up of many smaller resorts at varying altitudes and offer summer skiing.

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  • Tignes 1800

    Tignes is packed with summer activities including summer skiing on its glacier.

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  • La Rosiere

    Located at an altitude of 1850m, between Mont-Blanc and the Tarentaise valley, La Rosiere boasts stunning views of the mountains.

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  • Sainte Foy

    Sainte-Foy is very much a gem of the Rhône-Alpes region and the area around it is one of pristine landscapes uncluttered by crowds.

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  • Valmorel

    Thinking of a summer holiday to Valmorel? Located in the heart of the Massif de la Tarentaise, is beautiful Valmorel, a firm family favourite.

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  • Champagny

    At the gateway to the wonderful Vanoise National Park, Champagny is a traditional Alpine village set in outstanding natural surroundings.

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  • Tignes Les Brevieres

    Tignes is packed with summer activities including summer skiing on its glacier.

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  • Bourg St Maurice

    Bourg St Maurice is ideal for cycling with legendary routes such as cols de l’Iseran and the classic pass into the Italian Val d’Aosta – the cold u Petit St Bernard (2188m height) – is nearby.

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