Saint Martin de Bellevillehttps://st-martin-belleville.com/
It’s a picturesque, little-known, authentic village at the entrance to the world’s largest ski area. You could pass right by it following the flood of holidaymakers on the road to their wintersports break, without even suspecting it ’s there. Only by taking the Chemin des Écoliers, or by venturing on foot amidst its narrow streets, can you discover its stone and wood-clad farms whose doors open onto arched-roof barns.
It’s a non-stop discovery from the moment you arrive, and impossible to resist the invitation to dive into Saint Martin de Belleville’s past, with its monuments to village life of yesterday, such as the bread oven or the “bachal”, which is the Savoyard word for a washing trough.
Today a sought-after lifestyle destination without losing its original soul, its farms have been transformed into cosy chalets and its barns into gastronomic restaurants; farm inns that make use of their own produce in gastronomic or Michelin-star restaurants. Those who adore gastronomic wintersports, powder snow or ski touring, and who delight in stretches of virgin snow, love coming to stay in this exclusive spot where the level of luxury is inspiring without being ostentatious.
Dates d'ouvertures :du 12 December 2020 au 16 April 2021
Altitude station :1450 m
1 Cocooning in a chalet
A traditional converted barn, or a contemporary chalet that reinterprets the mountain-style: there is a wide variety of accommodation on offer in Saint Martin de Belleville. Choose from one of our catered chalets: http://en.st-martin-belleville.com/tourism/!/fiche/les-chalets-cocoon-158457
2 Gastronomy at the top
Saint Martin is also a place where amazing restaurants are whispered about like precious secrets. From farmhouse restaurants that use their own produce, to gastronomic establishments boasting 3 Michelin stars, there are countless and delicious temptations. Plan your gourmet getaway: https://en.st-martin-belleville.com/winter/activities/outings/restaurants.
3 Family skiing
With ESF, Saint Martin offers a full range of lessons and courses to learn or improve your skiing. If coming as a family, Club Piou Piou takes children from 18 months upwards, so that you can enjoy the 3 Valleys with total peace of mind. https://en.st-martin-belleville.com/winter/ski-resort/families-and-children
4 An incredible heritage
Saint Martin is proud of its history and montagnard roots, and invites you to find out about its heritage: Baroque-style churches and chapels, authentic hamlets, and the old village of Saint Martin whose story is told during torch-lit visits or by following the Heritage Circuit. https://en.st-martin-belleville.com/winter/activities/heritage-circuit.
Ne manquez pas la visite de Notre Dame de la Vie, somptueux sanctuaire du 16ème siècle, qui déploie derrière une sobre façade les fastes d’un décor baroque : coupole ornée de fresques, retables abondamment sculptés et dorés, Ex voto témoignages de l’art populaire dans les vallées de Savoie. Le sanctuaire a bénéficié d’un important programme de restauration achevé en 2016.
5 The Saint Martin Museum has a story to share
Situated in the heart of the village, in an ancient Belleville farm, the museum retraces two centuries of the history of la Vallée des Belleville and relates the development of this high altitude community, from the traditional rural civilization to the touristic revolution of the 20th Century. https://en.st-martin-belleville.com/summer/activities/saint-martin-museum.
6 The Nordic adventure
For a Nordic adventure with the whole family, let Danny and his team of dogs take you on a trip through nature; head along the river with the wind blowing in your hair. Night tours also available. https://en.st-martin-belleville.com/tourism/!/fiche/dog-sledging-half-an-hour-outing-228884
7 Spa relaxation
To relax and be pampered, head to one of the two spas in Saint Martin: ‘Ô des Cimes’ Spa in the Chalets du Gypse, or ‘La Bèla Vya’ at La Bouitte’s 4-star hotel which takes its inspiration from nature and the Savoyard terroir to offer unique treatments.
Throughout the winter, Saint Martin’s church holds a variety of concerts during après-ski. The ‘Rendez-vous Musicaux des Belleville’ is 15 years old and has hosted prestigious groups from all over Europe (Quatuor Talich, London Concertante, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon etc.) with chamber music, choral and classical singing, and world music. https://en.st-martin-belleville.com/winter/activities/outings/concerts.