Pays d'Evian vallée d'Abondance____Discover the Heritage____The Chablais, Haute-Savoie’s Natural Jewel

The Chablais, Haute-Savoie’s Natural Jewel

    From Lake Geneva’s shores to the high mountain valleys, set off to discover Chablais’ beautiful natural spaces and sumptuous panoramas. Chablais’ real delight, the Pays d’Évian d’Abondance, is located in Haute-Savoie, from the borders of Switzerland to the Geneva Lake’s shores, up to the Abondance Valley and via the exceptional and little area, Gavot.

    The Chablais Massif, magical mountains

    From Lake Geneva’s south shores to the prealpine valleys, the Chablais Massif stretches from Haute-Savoie to Switzerland and offers a multitude of breathtaking panoramas!

    MOUNTAINS AND SUMMITS

    Head for the Chablais Massif’s spectacular summits! The Pays d’Évian Vallée d’Abondance has a rich inviting profile and is a perfect for hiking.

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    La Dent d’Oche

    Towering at an altitude of 2222 meters and majestically overlooking the village of Bernex, the Dent d’Oche offers at its summit an incredible panorama of the highest peaks of the French and Swiss Alps as well as the Jura and of course Lake Geneva.

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    Mont de Grange summit

    Culminating at 2432 m altitude, the Mont de Grange dominates the Abondance valley. The massif is part of the European network Natura 2000 (1,261 hectares) since 2003 and is a game reserve.

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    THE MONTAGNE DES MÉMISES

    Like a balcony seat overlooking Lake Geneva, you can reach the Pic de Mémises in a matter of minutes thanks to the Mémises cable car. At the top, in winter as in summer, the ridge path lets you admire the most incredible view across the Swiss Alps, the Jura Massif and Lake Geneva.

    Cornettes de Bise summit

    Cornettes de Bise summit

    The Cornettes de Bise massif is located between the Abondance valley and the Tanay valley, in Switzerland. Located in the town of La Chapelle d’Abondance, it peaks at 2432 m above sea level and is part of the Natura 2000 network.

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    Le Haut-Sex summit

    Le Haut-Sex summit

    A summit that does not look like much from below but offers a superb panorama of the summits of Chablais, the Vaud Alps, the Valais Alps and Mont Blanc.

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    LAKES AND WATERWAYS

    Make the most of your adventures in the Abondance Valley mountains to enjoy the lakes and waterways. These vestiges from ancient glaciers flow with the mysteries of time and enhance the splendour of these already majestic landscapes.

    Lake Plagnes

    LAKE PLAGNES

    Situated in a green setting and accessible by car, the Lac des Plagnes is an essential geosite of the UNESCO Chablais World Geopark. It is a very popular place for hikers, fishermen or simply nature lovers.

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    THE RIVER DRANSE IN ABONDANCE

    A little river whose source emerges a few kilometres from the village and flows into the Dranse at the entrance to the valley and then into Lake Geneva.

    Darbon Lake

    Darbon Lake

    The Darbon lake is a small mountain lake, with a surface area of two hectares, located at an altitude of 1,813 metres, to the south-east of the Dent d’Oche and Château d’Oche peaks. It is accessible on foot and is open to fishing.

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    LAKE ARVOUIN

    At the foot of the summit of Linleu, this charming little glacial lake at 1663 m, in alpine pastures is one of the most classic walks in the Abondance valley, accessible to all by a well-marked path. Walking around the lake, fishing allowed.

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    THE MARAVANT WETLANDS

    The Maravant Wetlands derive from glacial origin on the Gavot Plateau. This protected nature reserve is one of the Chablais Geosites most important features.

    BIRD WATCHING

    DRANSE DELTA NATURE RESERVE

    The Dranse creates a special ecological dynamic characterised by the changing seasons.

    There is almost a third of the Haute-Savoyard flora on this little nature reserve alone, in other words around 800 plant species. The Dranse Delta Nature Reserve is on a migration path providing a gite stopover for many migrating birds: herons, birds of prey, little ringed plover, black-headed gull, and many more.

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    LE HUCEL

    Le Hucel, a hamlet below Thollon-les-Mémises, has a beautiful panoramic view across Lake Geneva. It is a strategic point for the Spring migration of birds of prey and many others, Le Hucel is a perfect observation site for this migration activity. Migrating birds follow the Rhône Valley to reach their breeding sites, mainly located in Central and Eastern Europe.

    PARKS

    Near Lake Geneva and Publier, you can take a gentle and quiet stroll through luscious green family parks.

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    Tilleuls Park

    Enjoy a peaceful park by the water and its magnificent view of Lake Geneva and the Swiss mountains.

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    MAXIMA PARK

    Discover a charming and historical spot just outside of Amphion on the way to Évian. Have a picnic under a hundred-year-old tree and enjoy the Maxima spring. This water fountain provides sulphurous and alkaline water. It’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy good times with your friends or family.

    In 2003, this park was registered on the Rhône-Alpes region’s cultural heritage list.

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    DRANSE DELTA PARK

    A stone’s throw from the Dranse Nature Reserve is a diverse mosaic of environments: wetlands, prairies, pathways, and a viewing platform to discover these spaces, some of which replicate the Dranse Delta natural habitats.

    The park is maintained in a way that allows the natural recolonisation of the vegetation and wildlife.

    NATURAL SITES

    Here is the list of all the natural environments to visit in the Pays d’Évian Vallée d’Abondance region.

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