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Nestled between 730m and 2300m, Arêches-Beaufort is a typical Beaufortain village resort in the heart of the Savoie, just 20km from the town of Albertville.

Arêches is an authentic, traditional village with plenty of car parking. Arêches is a year-round working village and has independent local businesses which include sport shops and a few restaurants in the main street – everything you’re likely to need during your stay. However, if you are looking for more then the nearby town of Beaufort has a lovely historic centre plus a larger choice of shops and restaurants. 

Located in the Haute-Savoie, Areches-Beaufort has a long heritage; a village-resort with 3000 inhabitants year round, whose history has stood up to time and change while remaining typical and artisanal. This is an ideal destination for spending time with family and friends and for sampling, of course, the regional speciality - Beaufort cheese, which is matured for over 6 months in a carefully guarded tradition. 

There are mountain restaurants for enjoying the countryside and culinary specialities in the villages.

Top summer activities to experience in Areches-Beaufort

Please note Peak Retreats do not book any activities and most activities are payable.

2020 Tour de France

On 16th July 2020, stage 18 of the 107th Tour de France will pass through Beaufort (the village below Arèches-Beaufort), following a start in Méribel on its way to a finish in La Roche sur Foron. Stay in Arêches that week and catch all the action.  

The Dairy cooperative of Beaufortain
Beaufort is a mountain cheese, like gruyère, produced in the alpine regions of Savoie - Beaufortain. Visit the milk cooperative, cheese dairy and cellars, exhibition and a new sensory visit... You can watch the Beaufort being made and taste it, and buy it!

Mountain biking
Arêches Beaufort offers an immense playing field for mountain bikers. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced biker, an Endurance cyclist or prefer cross country, whether you like the technique or simply enjoy the countryside, it is all at Areches Beaufort. More than 225km of marked circuits that lead from forest to peaks, mountain passes and lakes, mountain pastures etc. There are restaurants and bars near departure points and ascents can be made via chairlift. Hire and guiding are available.

Mountain biking at Arêches-Beaufort:

  • Cross-Country terrain
  • 16 XC itineraries for 225 km of marked trails
  • 2 departure bases - at Arêches, Place Capitaine Bulle and at Beaufort, close the Hôtel de la Roche
  • 2 washing areas - at Arêches, behind the church and at Beaufort, at the parking lot across from the Milk Cooperative
  • An XC FFC MBT trail guide on sale in the Tourist Offices
  • An Enduro area covering the entire Beaufortain area
  • A “VTT en Beaufortain” trail guide presenting a selection of itineraries
  • A shuttle service linking the Enduro itinerary departure points so you can design your own experience

Via Ferrata
Discover The wonderful Roc du Vent Via Ferrata -

Walking/hiking or mountain biking
Discover new panoramas, unusual paths, at your own pace -

Discover canyoning in secret spots in the middle of the spectacular river. If you are a novice at canyoning, it will be a wonderful experience.

Adventure course in trees
In a privileged setting, next to Marcôt leisure centre, Tyrol Aventure proposes to have fun discovering the natural environment in the trees.

Farm visit
Daily welcome to the farm where you can find goats and some other animals like lamas, donkeys, buffalos, pigs, rabbits and farmyards animals.

Horse riding
At your own pace, walking/trotting/galloping, riding high against a backdrop of stunning panoramas and communing with your animal. Sign up for beginner’s lessons or a guided mountain tour.

Outdoor heated pool
In the summer, take advantage of the warm weather to take a dip in the pool at Beaufort. Outdoor heated pool with a slide where the little ones can enjoy themselves safely under the watchful eye of the lifeguards.

Ride the trails in complete freedom with the Trottin’herbe, that looks like a scooter but is designed for steep slopes…Nothing will stop you from enjoying yourself on the resort’s trails!

Please note: All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All prices for activities are in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally in resort. 

Office de Tourisme d’Arêches Beaufort 
Route du Grand-Mont 

Office de Tourisme d’Arêches Beaufort 
Grande rue

Restaurants & bars in Areches-Beaufort

17 restaurants, including 2 mountain restaurants, and 3 bars (1 in Beaufort and 2 in Areches). Please note some maybe shut in summer.

Amenities in Areches-Beaufort

Sports shops, bakery/butchers, gift shop, tabac, dairy co-operative, tourist office, post office, hairdresser, mini market, pharmacy (Beaufort), laundrette.

Supérette Proxi
Route du Grand-Mont

Vival Casino Michiardi Josiane
Route du Grand-Mont

Cashpoint in Areches is under the Tourist office.

Petrol stations:
There are two petrol stations:

  • Areches - Munier Bernard (Garage des Carroz)
  • Beaufort - Sarl Garage Avocat (La Marsellaz)

Accessing Areches-Beaufort

By Road (self drive options pre-bookable with Peak Retreats): 
Driving distance from Calais to Areches Beaufort is 578 miles (approx 8hrs30).

Autoroute A43: exit at Albertville and follow D925 direction Beaufort. Turn right in the centre of Beaufort for Arêches.

By Rail (pre-bookable with Peak Retreats): 
TGV Paris-Albertville 3h40.

By Plane (not pre-bookable):
Geneva Airport is 105km from Areches Beaufort (1hr30)

Chambery Airport is 70km from Areches Beaufort (1 hour)

Lyon Airport is 155km from Areches Beaufort (1hr45)

Areches Beaufort Airport Transfer or Car Hire (pre-bookable with Peak Retreats):
Call our reservations team for details on 02392 839310 or email for a quote and availability.

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