Discovering the treasures of the Versants du Soleil
The vineyards (information panel)
Hamlet of Le Villard
Chef-lieu of La Côte d'Aime
The former cheese dairy, which closed its doors in the 1970s, now houses a little museum containing exhibits connected with the traditional art of cheesemaking and life as once lived in the mountain pastures and villages. A film gives you some idea about how Beaufort is made. Cheese sold onsite.
The village also boasts a reconstruction of an early 20th-century classroom, containing all the materials and furniture that made up the daily lives of the schoolchildren in those long gone days.
Hamlet of Préberard
A QR Code provides a link to the Patrimoine de La Plagne Tarentaise website on the area’s heritage.
Hamlet of Montméry
Here too is the house that once belonged to Joannès (A QR Code links you to the Patrimoine de La Plagne Tarentaise website), a bygone inhabitant of the village whose mission it was to breathe new life into the objects that had marked his and his parents’ and grandparents’ childhoods. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of a house from days long past where humans and animals lived together in harmony. Everyday objects, furniture, work tools, and more besides… testimonies to the lives of the people who lived there in the early days of the last century. Surroundings that provide a better understanding of how life could be both simple and difficult at the same time, and also make us realise how much life has changed between then and now.
Montméry’s little cheese dairy keeps all its materials on show in a perfect state of preservation, from the fine copper cauldron used in the making of Beaufort cheese to the little notebooks where the weight of milk delivered by each producer was entered.
Montméry has two chapels, the larger being Saint Etienne Chapel, while Saint James Chapel stands like a sentinel over the hamlet, visible from a good distance away.
And last but not least, an orientation table is on hand to help you take in the fine views of the mountain peaks to best advantage.
Saint-François-de-Sales Church - Valezan
This church harbours an impressively sized altarpiece in various shades of beige. A gilded timber tabernacle from Italy is given pride of place. Statues of four evangelists as well as St Francis de Sales and St Felix above can be seen in recesses. There are fifteen medallions on the Rosary altarpiece. A decorated rood beam, adorned with cherubs, can be seen at the chancel entrance. There is also an 18th century timber statue on the right-hand pillar.
Open on Wednesdays from 15:30 to 17:30, in July and August.
Tel.: +33 (0)4 79 07 66 41
Village of Valezan
Notre Dame de Lourdes Chapel is located to the east of the village. It was built in 1881 on the aptly named Chemin des Chapelles. It contains two paintings of Our Lady of La Salette, as well as paintings of Saint Roch and Saint Genevieve in memory of two other chapels now disappeared.
The upper part of the village also contains the Baroque-style Saint Francis of Sales Church, built between 1727 and 1730. Its furnishings testify to the villagers’ religious zeal in the early 18th century, as well as to the village’s prosperity. It is located on Les Chemins du Baroque (https://www.savoie-mont-blanc.com/Decouvrir/Explorer/Culture-et-patrimoine/Les-Chemins-du-Baroque).
The Châtelard Cross
Les Fours’ montagnettes
The hamlet has preserved its traditional architecture and customs rooted in the past, with most of its inhabitants making their livings from agriculture. Keep your eyes open, as the panorama is well worth going out of your way to see!
Les Bompas’ montagnettes
Notre Dame de Lourdes Chapel
The chapel in Foran
Hamlet of Granier
Saint Barthelemy Church in Granier
In the summer, the goatherd is up on the mountainside tending his animals, but you can buy his cheeses every Friday evening at the market in La Cote d'Aime, from 5:30 to 7:30. You can even enjoy a tasting session accompanied by the local wine.
Follow the blue waymarks: Les Versants du Soleil.
E-bike rental shop:
8 place Joux
(Next to the church)
+33 (0)4 57 37 69 95
If in doubt, you can take an introductory lesson in how to ride an electric bike with an instructor.
Access and parking
Parking: Place de l'Eglise
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