7 THINGS TO DO IN THE TARENTAISE VAL­LEY

The must-sees and dos in this Alpine area dur­ing sum­mer

Friday - - Leisure -

1Cy­cle a fa­mous route Do one of the world-fa mous stages of the Tour de France routes from Sainte Foy, like the Col du Petit St Bernard, a 27.6km-long moun­tain pass. For a less rig­or­ous, more fam­ily-friendly jour­ney, hire bikes from Bourg Saint Mau­rice and cy­cle to Aime, a pretty 22km round trip that fol­lows the river.

2 Take a hike With more than 70km of foot­paths in and around Sainte Foy, you can choose from half- or full-day treks, even stay­ing over in one of the many moun­tain refuges.

3 Do a pony trek Have a guided tour atop a pony from the Sainte Foy Eques­trian Cen­tre to the moun­tain ham­let of Le Monal where you can then pic­nic, pad­dle and pur­chase the lo­cal cheese.

4 Take to the wa­ter Take an ex­hil­a­rat­ing ride on the white­wa­ter slalom course down to Aime from Bourg St Mau­rice on the Isere river. You can ca­noe, kayak or white wa­ter raft.

5 See the scenery from above Soar above the stun­ning pas­tures of the Tarentaise val­ley on a para­pent­ing flight – you run off the side of a moun­tain with a para­chute on your back and then float down into the val­ley.

6 Go sum­mer ski­ing Open from June-Septem­ber, ski the 3,500m Gran­des Motte glacier at Tignes. The fu­nic­u­lar at Tignes Val Claret whisks you up to the glacier in just seven min­utes.

7 Shop in Italy Visit the pretty Ital­ian vil­lage of La Thuile, just a 30-minute drive from Sainte Foy. Its many choco­late shops and cafés are worth ex­plor­ing.

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