In central Savoy, south of the Maurienne Valley, Valloire is a charming winter and summer sports resort.
Nestled near the French-Italian border, this municipality, which is made up of 17 hamlets, stands at an altitude of 1,405 metres, between the legendary Col du Télégraph and Col du Galibier, which are famous among cyclists.
The history of Valloire can be traced back to around 2,000 years BC, a time when the shepherds of Maurienne came to graze their flocks on the pastures of Valloirette, and built their first homes there. What is known as the "Golden Valley", owing to its fertile, sunsoaked land, is ideal for farming and has always given those who live there a great quality of life: it already had more than 3,000 inhabitants by the 17th century, despite periods of epidemic or famine.
Mainly famous for the Galibier-Thabor ski area, situated between the Vanoise and Écrins national parks, Valloire will delight fans of winter sports. No less than 90 miles of ski slopes over three mountain ranges, at altitudes of between 1,400 metres and 2,600 metres, await! Everything holidaymakers need for a great variety of landscapes, overlooked by prestigious peaks, such as La Meije, the Aiguilles d'Arves, the Barre des Écrins… So, strap on your skis, your snowshoes or your walking boots and set off to discover these fantastic winter settings!
But Valloire also has plenty to keep visitors entertained during the summer. The region is full of marked trails that you'll enjoy walking or mountain biking along, listening to the whistling marmots and taking the ski lifts up some of the harsher slopes. In terms of culture, Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption Church will dazzle you with its 17th-century Savoy baroque style, the Fort du Télégraphe will show you its history with photo exhibitions, and straw sculptures will make you feel like a kid again.
Whether visiting as a couple, with the family or with friends, this welcoming tourist resort promises a memorable stay.