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.
It's the place to go to really get away from it all. Bordered to the south by the Isère river and to the north by the Italian border, this resort makes a great base for mountain biking, river rafting, rock climbing and hiking. Our accommodation is located in the 'resort', not village (which is lower down).
Choose between a gentle trek up to the high mountain pastures to admire the pretty Tarine cows or, for more challenging walking, there are plenty footpaths close to the Vanoise national park as well as projects like the “Glacier Haute Route”. Many of the area’s waymarked paths pass through unspoilt traditional Alpine villages and peaceful mountain lakes like the Lac Noir in the Clou valley. Some offer stunning views of Mont Blanc, the Lord of the Alps.
Sainte-Foy is at the centre of some of the largest resorts in the Tarentaise which makes it wonderful mountain biking territory. Near the Vanoise national park, there are some exhilarating freeride descents in a wild untamed setting where routes of more than 1000 vertical metres take in goat tracks and shady forest paths.
The commune of Sainte-Foy is actually made up of 100 hamlets in total including Le Miroir, a protected site which is known for its eye-catching Italian-style colonnaded chalets and important religious architectural heritage. The listed farming village of Le Monal has a breathtaking panorama of the Mont Pouri glaciers. There are several excellent eateries in the area offering Savoyard specialties in charmingly rustic surroundings.
Within easy driving distance of Sainte-Foy are the resorts of Tignes (Tignes les Brevieres, Tignes 1800, Tignes le Lac & Val Claret), where it’s possible to practice summer skiing, and Les Arcs and Val d’Isère which both offer a wide range of additional activities for the whole family. La Rosiere is also a little bit further down the road. Day trips to Italy are also a possibility from here.
Our top things to do in Sainte Foy this summer
- The Vanoise national park – located between the Tarentaise and the Maurienne, the Parc de la Vanoise is one of Europe’s oldest and largest protected areas and the home of a 2000-strong herd of ibex. One of the country’s loveliest villages, Bonneval-sur-Arc, is also to be found there. With summer glaciers, raging rivers and stunning scenery, the park is a taste of paradise for hikers.
- Le Monal, between nature and heritage - guided Tour of the alpage village, which nestles in the tamed wilderness before the glaciers of Mont Pourri. In July and August, meeting every Thursday at 11am at the St Clair Chapel in the Monal, except in bad weather. No reservation required. Duration Approx. 1h15mn. Anticipate 1 hour 30mn easy walk from the resort.
- Guided tour to the parochial Church of Villaroger - thanks to its baroque styles and preserved furniture, the Church is a beautiful example of « Alpine Baroque ». In July and August, every Monday meet at 10am at Villaroger Church. Duration approx 1h15mins. No réservation required. On request for groups of adults, families or students.