29 Sep. 2020
5 good reasons to stay in Cœur de Tarentaise
Hautecour’s natural, cultural and artistic heritage demand to be explored, it’s an unmissable part of your stay in Cœur de Tarentaise!
Climb a little way up and be captivated by this rural mountain commune’s charm and authenticity, with its 5 hamlets staggered between altitudes of 900 and 1,200 metres: La Basse, Grégny, Le Breuil, Le Villard and Le Pradier.
Discover the old houses, which have maintained a typical local architectural style favouring stone and wood. The rural, bucolic décor is made up of orchards, kitchen gardens, waterways and an artificial lake. At the end of a walk along the Lez’artsopen-airart trail, you can discover original Land’Art creations, pretty flower-covered hamlets, oratories and chapels, the old communal village oven, stone water trough ‘bachals’, and the Le Pradier goat farm!Béatwill be delighted to welcome you and show you her certified organic produce.
The past is very much stamped on these 5 mountain hamlets: oratories, chapels and a church, all of which demonstrate the locals’ religious fervour and contain real artistic treasures. After a hike, stroll along the little lanes to Le Breuil, towards the old communal bread oven, or to the rocky promontory that’s home to the neo-Gothic chapel of Saint Agatha and Saint Marguerite. In the hamlet of La Basse, you’ll discover a highly ingenious vestige of an era from not so long ago, La “boueda”…ever heard of it ?
Remarkable for its 12th century Roman bell tower, neoclassic and baroque altarpieces, paintings by the Artari brothers from La Valsésia who were renowned for their trompe l’oeil art dating from 1885, the marble tomb of Villette de MgrCharvaz (1793 - 1870), a local man who became the archbishop of Genoa, and aCarrara marble bust (a replica of which can be seen at Genoa Cathedral!).
Further information from the town hall: +33 (0)4 79 24 02 62
The church is open from June to September, from Monday the Friday, 8am to 5.30pm.
Open in winteron request, for groups.
In Le Breuil, don’t miss the La Trappe artificial lake and island, a perfect setting for relaxation and leisure activities: tennis, volleyball, pétanque andequipped children’s playground.
Swimming in the lake is forbidden but fishing is allowed from the beginning of June.
Meet up with friends or family around a lakeside barbecue on one of the specially created spots for doing just that. Other lunch options include a waterside picnic or lunch on the Chalet de la Trappe’s panoramic terrace with views over the lake. Sounds tempting don’t you think?
There’s nothing like a restful, easily accessible family walk for making the most of the landscape.
The Lez-arts open-air art trail is just the thing, it will reveal incredible works of Land’Art: a real open-air gallery! In stone, wood, straw… children will love looking for the artworks in the landscape… Pinochio, the Blue Fairy… it’s your job to find them all!
In Hautecour, climbers can indulge their passion on the Mont Secret cliff.
Discover this exceptional site quickly!
Béat will introduce you to her goats and explain her work on the farm, before offering you some high-quality tasting samples. The produce on sale is certified organic and handmade. In the shop (goats’ cheese, Tomme, Sérac, goat/pork sausages).
Visit the Farm from 10am to 12
Visit (3 €) and tasting on demand (2€)
Booking: +33 (0)6 06 84 78 71 (Individuals/ Groups).
If you’re planning a holiday, family occasion, work meeting or conference,Maison du Lac is the perfect place!
The setting is magnificent with its lush, green park right next to the La Trappe artificial lake.
Tel. +33 (0)4 79 24 02 62
You can also book astay in a furnished apartment:
Vallier Roger: +33 (0)6 12 30 58 01
Dunoyer Gerard and Edith: +33 (0)6 80 64 30 89
Glachant Claude: +33 (0)4 79 24 09 44
From gentle walks around the artificial lake, to the top of Quermoz at an altitude of 2,296m, there’s a huge range of hikes of varying difficulty levels, with something to suit everyone throughout the season.
Through forests and Alpine pastures or simply wandering through the narrow village streets, breathe in the fresh mountain air and admire the incredible views on offer.
E-mountain biking is a fantastic way to get around and discover a new side to Coeur de Tarentaise.
Two routes have a range of surprises and pretty viewing points in store for you:
Moûtiers - Hautecour “Exploring Hautecour’s 5 hamlets and heritage” (around 2hrs there and back)
“Between the forest and La Faverge Alpine pasture”
A lovely, varied loop setting off from Le Breuil artificial lake. It will take you to Montgirod, another village with interesting curiosities (horizontal sundial, cup-and-ring-marked stone…) before crossing the Alpine pastures and returning to the artificial lake via the forest.
Access from Moûtiers
Hautecour is 5km from Moûtiers (around 20mins).
Take the Hautecour road opposite the hospital or the Rue du Général de Gaulle behind the dairy cooperative.
Townhall opening hours:
Monday to Wednesday, from 8am to 11.30am, Thursday from 2pm to 5pm and Fridays from 8.30am to 11.30am and from 2pm to 6pm.
T. +33 (0)4 79 24 02 62