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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

    Tignes le Lac and Tignes Val Claret altitude resorts are the highest of all the Tignes villages and are conveniently placed for summer skiing due to their proximity of the funicular to the glacier.

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  • Tignes 1800

    Tignes 1800 opened its doors in December 2013 and is structured around the Church of Saint Jacques de Tignes, built in the 50s, which is a replica of the one that was destroyed when the dam was open.

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  • Tignes Les Brevieres

    At the bottom of the dam at an altitude of 1550m, Tignes les Brevieres is one of the lower, more traditional villages of Tignes.

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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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  • Peisey Vallandry

    Plan Peisey (1650m) and Vallandry (1600m) are located in the Tarentaise valley, very near to Bourg St Maurice. The smaller villages of Peisey and Nancroix surround.

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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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  • 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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