Sightseeing in the Haute Tarentaise villages
Malgovert power plant
Back in the Middle Ages, the lords of Val d’Isère (Séez) and Villaraymond De Rochefort (Bourg-Saint-Maurice) couldn't agree over who controlled part of the Haute-Tarentaise territory. One day, they eventually decided to settle the boundary of their two domains in a card game… and had boundary stones bearing their arms placed across the whole forest (you can still see these today).
The name of Malgovert Forest comes from the fact that the place was "mal-governed".
Notre Dame de l'Assomption Church
The post-and-beam houses in La Masure and Le Miroir
These picturesque villages are home to distinctive post-and-beam houses, most of which date back many centuries. Records have been found as far back as 1633.
Post-and-beam houses were often built by masons harking from Piedmont in Italy. Since timber was rare, they tended to build the walls out of stone and the low-sloping roofs out of lauze slate. Not only did these construction materials look nice, but they were also extremely practical. Built-up columns (as tall as 2 to 6 metres depending on the house) supported the heavy, overhanging roof, thus creating shelters and storage areas away from bad weather: hay or timber could be dried there for example… In steeply sloping areas, these columns could reach up to a dozen metres off the ground. In the village of Le Miroir, please remember to leave your bikes in the church car park so that you can visit it on foot.
The hamlets of Montvalezan
These are typical grouped villages, huddled around their chapel, built up the slope and facing directly south. The materials that have endured through the ages in building these centuries-old houses are stone, wood and lauze slate, which are sourced locally and enhanced by the mountain dwellers' worksmanship. As you cycle through the hamlets of Le Mousselard, Les Moulins, Le Villaret and Le Solliet, you'll be able to admire them.
Once designed to cater to rural activities, these houses have now been restored either as permanent homes or to provide additional tourism accommodation for the resort of La Rosière.
St Michel's Chapel
St Jean Baptiste's Church
Les Ecudets village
Located in the municipality of Séez, at an altitude of 1,176 metres, this place is the lowest point at which you can join the international ski area of "La Rosière – Espace San Bernardo".
Les Ecudets Forest not only harbours a wealth of varied wildlife, but is also a wonderful natural playground for ski tourers in winter and hikers and mountain bikers come summer, thanks to specific routes for each activity that can be enjoyed safely by all users.
Le Villard-Dessus village
You can spot where Le Villard-Dessus is from the valley bottom by the big building, "Le Val Joli", set in the mountainside, which has shaped this hamlet's history.
"Le Val Joli" was built in the 1890s by a family from Séez who turned it into a hotel for travellers. In World War II, it became the headquarters for the Italian army who occupied Séez and the neighbouring municipalities of Montvalezan and Sainte-Foy. In the 1950s, French Customs moved into "Le Val Joli" and the building passed into the French State's hands. It became a widely acclaimed centre for cross-country skiing. Today, after years of restoration work, the new owners have converted it into a hotel that welcomes holiday makers and travellers in this history-steeped site.
Two centuries' worth of specialist hide work perpetuated by the craftsman Mr Favre. Tour of the original workshops, tanning utensils, etc.
Shop: hides, leather and fur garments, assembly and decoration of bells, retail sales.
Open to visitors at their leisure - Tour lasts: 45 min
1 rue des tanneurs - 73700 Séez
+ 33 (0)4 79 41 00 48 / + 33 (0)6 62 64 00 48
Closing in the autumn of 2020.
This old forge in the centre of Séez showcases 3 exhibition themes: blacksmithing and metalworking, jewellery and local Baroque art. In the jewellery section, a unique collection of Savoie-made jewels is on display, with over 200 crosses, hearts, brooches and other pieces. The museum's extension in 2015 enabled the jeweller's workshop and jewellery showroom to be renovated, and there is now a temporary exhibition space where the programme changes at periodic intervals.
Adult: €3 / Child (under 12): free
5 rue Saint-Pierre 73 700 Séez
+33 (0)22.214.171.124.38 or +33 (0)4.79.41.00.54 (Service Information Office) www.seez.fr
Baroque Church of St Pierre
Located in Séez centre, St Pierre's Church (12th century) was restored from 1680 by the prior Jean Duclos. It is a striking example of Baroque art, a new art arising out of the Renaissance which expresses the Catholic reform in Savoie in the 17th century. The church is included in the “Chemins du Baroque“ sightseeing route. Don't miss the treasure trove inside: sacred pieces of gold- and silverware offered by the parish of Séez in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Most of the items are listed as Historical Monuments.
3 rue Saint-Pierre - 73700 Séez
+33 (0)7.79.41.00.54 (Service Information Office) www.seez.fr
Founded in 1817, this world-famous mill for woollen cloth and fabric is renowned for crafting the famous Bonneval cloth that would be used to make a tent for the King of Italy, Victor-Emmanuel II (1858), or equipping the Italian expeditions to the Himalayas (1890) and the "French Antarctic Expeditions" led by Paul-Emile Victor (1949). This cloth gets its name from Pierre Blanc, guide and hawker in Bonneval sur Arc in Maurienne. The mill attests to a textile industry that has been present in the Alpine valleys since the early 19th century. A tour of the workshops charts this amazing tale of the master woolmakers. It also unveils all of the techniques to you: carding, spinning and weaving... on machines that have been listed as Historical Monuments. In the shop selling the mill's own crafted fabrics, you can buy clothes, shoes, hats, blankets, cushions and even the Bonneval cloth…
2, Rue de la Filature - 73700 Séez
Tel: +33(0)4 79 09 49 27
Guided tours organised in partnership with Bourg-Saint-Maurice / Les Arcs Tourist Office
Follow the red waymarks: Les Villages.
E-bike rental shops:
297 Av. Marechal Leclerc
73700 Bourg Saint Maurice
Intersport Bourg Saint Maurice
Zone commerciale de Super U
73700 Bourg Saint Maurice
+33 (0)4 79 04 04 30
Laboshop Bourg Saint Maurice
avenue du stade
+33 (0)4 79 07 07 61
PRECISION SKI Mountain Tribu
43 Place de la Gare
73700 Bourg Saint Maurice
+33 (0)4 58 14 04 44
If in doubt, you can take an introductory lesson in how to ride an electric bike with an instructor.
If you see a herd ahead, slow down and go round it. If there is a patou, a guard dog, climb down from your bike and walk, pushing it alongside you. Avoid making any sudden or aggressive gestures towards the dog and move away from the herd slowly and calmly. The dog will only be checking that you do not pose a threat to its herd. Respect the parkland and close gates behind you after you've gone through them.
The mountain is living, please respect it by staying on the paths and tracks.
Train services run as far as Bourg-Saint-Maurice. Find out more at: www.oui.sncf.com
Have you also thought about car sharing?
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