Gentle slopes or steep slopes, alpine pastures, beeches, firs or spruce forests and marshes, the nature located around Aix-les-Bains offers walkers and sport lovers the richness of the Alps. And if the mountain looks beautiful, it also knows how to highlight Lake Bourget so that it makes you contemplate.
Summer, a paradise for sport lovers
You can't stay in Aix-les-Bains without touring the mountains!
With a backpack, young and old, sporty or walkers will certainly find a hike they can cope with. It must be said that the summits are worth the trip! On the Revard, your gaze covers a 360° view from where you can admire Mont-Blanc, the Nature Park of the Bauges Massif, the Meije and the Ecrins.
Among the musts in the region, we must mention the Dent du Chat or the chemin du Curé which links the port of Bourdeau to Hautecombe Abbey.
At the massif des Bauges, try the Nivolet cross, starting from la Féclaz. You can also choose small strolls on the themed paths of the Regional Natural Park des Bauges, or more sporty hikes in the direction of the summits which surround the 2000 m.
In Chautagne, go on the path of vines or that of the Beauvoir cross.
And why not try it on horseback or on a donkey?
As for mountain biking the lake's surroundings, mountainous or hilly, are a fabulous playground. The Revard plateau holds 140 km of marked routes. The poplar plantation of Chautagne, between the Rhône and lake offers 45 km of low difficulty track. Not forgetting the Albanais, paradise for mountain biking.
And the mountain passes are wonderful for cyclists!
For the most daring, there are many other activities in the Savoy mountains: adventure course in the trees, paragliding or hang gliding, via ferrata, climbing, canyoning...
Sports day with the kids idea
To play Tarzan with the children, climb and move in the trees, try tree climbing in the Domaine de Marlioz.
In the winter, full steam ahead with the skis and snowshoes
Aix-les-Bains is ideally located in the heart of the Savoy mountains.
As for alpine skiing, the nearest resort is the domaine de Savoie Grand Revard. Accessible from Aix-les-Bains by a shuttle, it offers about forty alpine ski runs.
As for Nordic skiing, the resort of Savoie Grand Revard is the best site in France with its 140 km of slopes of substance.
Snowshoe experts will be happy in the Regional Natural Park of the Bauges Massif where there are several marked routes with free access. The resort of Savoie Grand Revard also offers 60 km of routes among firs, ridges and panoramic views. Ideal for a glimpse of Mont Blanc or Lake Bourget!
Breathtaking landscapes whatever the season.
A small trip by car, bike or motorbike by the lake and mountains is enough to satisfy you. The landscapes have a rare beauty and the mountains, with such a promontory, offer you a wonderful view across the surrounding Alps and Lake Bourget. The air there is clean and fresh. Breathe... and just forget everything!
Trip ideas to discover the area by car or cycling
- Panoramic viewpoint over Mount Revard,
- Panoramic viewpoint of la Chambotte,
- Panoramic viewpoint of Chapelle de l'Etoile,
- Dent du Chat le Mollard Noir,
- Panoramic viewpoint of Roc du Cornillon,
- Panoramic viewpoint of la Grande Mollière,
- Panoramic viewpoint of Grumeau,
Mountain passes to explore for a day:
Take the D910 and cross the col du frêne, the col de Plainpalais and the col des Prés.