Randonnée Diablerets coucher de soleil Matthias Lehmann

The region

From the vineyard to the glacier

Discover our large region, which extends from the plains of the Chablais to the top of the Les Diablerets glacier at 3,210 metres above sea level.
Start your visit 600 metres underground in the salt mines of Bex. Then treat yourself to a visit of the Bains de Lavey, which boast Switzerland’s warmest thermal spring. Continue on your way through the vineyards of Bex and Ollon, where authentic vintages grow on soil with unique characteristics. Gaining altitude, marvel at the Gryon-style chalets and enjoy the village’s laid-back mountain atmosphere. Only a few kilometres onward, Villars offers an attractive mix of old chalets and more recent buildings made of wood and stone. Experience this modern resort located on a south-facing natural terrace. In summer, take a journey on the Col de la Croix road, which winds through a pristine Alpine landscape where centuries-old traditions prevail, including the production of the region’s own Etivaz cheese. Pass the summit and descend towards the authentic village of Les Diablerets, nestled beneath the imposing Diablerets massif. Les Diablerets combines myths and legends with the delights of sport and the exciting world of eternal snow the glacier has created.
 

VILLARS

Villars is located in the heart of the Vaud Alps, at an altitude of 1,300 metres, on a south-facing natural terrace. For over 150 years, the resort has offered a wide range of sports and leisure activities to families and visitors of all ages, away from the urban hustle and bustle. All the pleasures of a holiday are there to enjoy in an idyllic setting, with spectacular views stretching from Lake Geneva to Mont Blanc. The urban centres of Geneva and Montreux are within easy reach at 120 kilometres and 30 kilometres respectively.

Villars has managed to retain its village feel despite significant tourism development due to a construction policy dedicated to maintaining architectural uniformity. Old ancestral chalets sit alongside new wood and stone constructions, with the aim of retaining a harmony that blends perfectly with the natural setting. The presence of many protected areas also helps preserve the natural environment, so visitors can enjoy a typical mountain ambiance, ideal for getting away from it all and relaxing, along with stunning views.

Villars has an 18-hole golf course at 1,600 m, in a unique and beautiful setting, popular with professionals and amateurs alike.

The mountains are ideal for recharging your batteries… The Bains de Villars wellness centre offers a haven of peace dedicated to physical and mental well-being in a brand new complex. Taking your time, relaxing, escaping from everyday life for a while, surrounded by panoramic alpine views, is the recipe for a great stay in Villars.

The district of Ollon stretches over a vast area and in the charming village of Ollon, a relaxed pace of life prevails. Its narrow streets hide a wealth of beautiful historical buildings and the “château de la Roche” castle dates from the 13th century. Ollon is surrounded by many vineyards and there are 23 hamlets to explore as you climb towards Villars.
One of these is the little village of Saint-Triphon. Known for its “black marble” extracted from quarries between the 16th and 20th century, St-Triphon stone has been used since antiquity and its clay pits have been exploited from Roman times. It’s enabled the construction of many buildings across the whole of Switzerland.

The high point of the area, the Grand Chamossaire, peaks at an altitude of 2,120 m.

GRYON

With some of the most spectacular alpine peaks as its backdrop, such as the Muveran or the Miroir d’Argentine (which started out as a coral reef 100 million years ago), the village of Gryon is beautifully authentic with its old chalets. Plus, the old village is officially protected and the Tâtchis, Gryon residents, can be proud of their little village with a big heart.

At the bottom of the valley, the famous Miroir d’Argentine (2,325 m) towers over Solalex, where you’ll find mountain restaurants offering gastronomic or more traditional cuisine.

An essential location for hiking, the trails are accessible in summer and winter.    

The extraordinary hamlet of Taveyanne, listed as a national historical site, owes its uniqueness to its 16th century chalets and beautiful mountain pastures, protected as a nature reserve since 1970, where the traditional annual pastoral festival is celebrated in mid-summer.

Firmly family-oriented, Gryon offers a wide range of activities in all seasons. The Frience recreational area, perched above Gryon, is a paradise in winter for anyone who wants to learn to ski or have fun in the snow with lots of toboggan runs for all levels. In the summer, this area is transformed into an emerald water paradise where swimmers can cool off in the peak of summer.

All year round, there’s a whole succession of village events celebrating traditions and contemporary themes for every season during festivals and concerts.

LES DIABLERETS

Nestled at 1,200 m in the heart of the Vaud Alps, Les Diablerets is an authentic mountain village at the foot of an imposing mountain range, topped with a majestic glacier. This characterful village consisting completely of chalets has been developed sympathetically, protecting its historical heritage. During the winter and summer seasons, the main street is transformed into a real focal point where visitors can enjoy this typical atmosphere and soak up the peace and quiet. The walks along the “Grande Eau” river create a real sense of timelessness. Far from all the stresses of an urban environment, Les Diablerets is only 120 km from Geneva Airport and less than 40 kilometres from Montreux. 

The centre of this area is 3 km away at Vers l’Eglise, a small rural late 13th century village. Here you’ll find a chapel built in 1396, converted to a temple in 1530, with a stunning authentic and preserved interior. Opposite the church, the Musée des Ormonts holds temporary exhibitions focused on preserving and presenting the traditions and heritage of the Ormonts area.

With the proximity of Les Diablerets and Glacier 3000, visitors can combine unique and original activities all year round. Skiing on the glacier is guaranteed from November to May. During the summer season, there’s the Alpine Coaster, the longest bobsled track on rails in Europe. There’s also the Peak Walk, the first suspension bridge in the world linking 2 peaks. The 108-metre walkway is accessible all year round and offers visitors a 360° vista, including more than 24 peaks over 4,000 metres.

BEX

The town of Bex in the Rhône valley is one of the gateways of our region, offering an incredible geological and cultural diversity and richness. As you stroll through the heart of the streets of Bex in the sunshine, you’ll discover many buildings with a long history.

From the 19th century to the first half of the 20th century, Bex was an important tourist crossroads, its baths and grand hotels being popular holiday locations for many tourists.
Underground, white gold was discovered in the 15th century and salt became the centre of the economy of a whole region for a long time. Although still in operation, the salt mines and 15 km of underground tunnels have also become a top tourist destination attracting many visitors today.

Visitors can also discover one of the biggest glacial cauldrons in Europe (5 metres in diameter and 8 metres high): the Les Caillettes glacial cauldron.
With its extensive and varied territory, the district of Bex has many vineyards covering its mountainsides and visitors can sample the wines created from the harvests of this rich terroir.

The Vallon de Nant nature reserve extends over 6 km to the source of the Avançon. During the summer season, these mountain pastures are the starting point of many footpaths, with several treks, such as the Tour des Muverans, passing through.

La Thomasia in Pont de Nant is one of the canton’s botanical gardens with nearly 3,000 species of alpine plants. 

The beautiful Solalex, Anzeinde and Bovonne mountain pastures are a perfect natural setting for fabulous days out, including picnics, river swims, walks and a chance to meet the local herds of cows. The Miroir de l’Argentine is a legendary wall in the world of climbing, the best views of this limestone slab being from Solalex.  

The triennial contemporary sculpture exhibition, Bex & Arts, has been held in the superb Szilassy park since 1981 and has now become an unmissable national artistic event.

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