Ideas for summer activities at very low prices
Do you know of some good ideas of free things to do in the valley? Treasure hunts for young and old, entertainment, guided tours or orienteering, there is plenty to keep you busy while taking care of the pennies.
The great classic: hiking
Classic but still effective, hikes are a feast for the eyes with spectacular views, all in the fresh mountain air. Whatever your level, you will find the path that suits you, whether it’s for a walk of less than an hour to the Bruyères lake or a climb to the top of the Cochet.
The heritage walk
In Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, heritage is the theme with a walk through the village that takes you on a discovery of life in the past. You can get the map from the tourist offices. There is also a variant to discover the hamlet of Villarenger.
Even more fun, there are several treasure hunts to discover the local area while having fun:
- The Belleville Valley Roadbook: to be played with family or friends, this game will lead you to discover the most symbolic places in the Valley. As soon as 6 letters are found, a little surprise awaits you in the tourist offices. And for the more observant, if you find between 8 and 11 letters, you can try your luck to win a hamper (random draw per week among participants).
- The Mystery of the Owl’s Stone is a treasure hunt for children, and it leads you to the hamlet of Villarenger, a little further down the valley. A small surprise rewards the children who take part.
- Saint-Martin Tout Azimut is a fun family event that takes place every Tuesday morning (registration at the Tourist Office).
- A brand-new orienteering course has been created this year to discover the mountains in a different way, with a map and searching for beacons. If you succeed, you will receive a small reward at the end.
Pumptrack, Skatepark, balance bike area and Ludizone
With free access, these areas allow you to ride in your own way and with your own style. Scooters, bikes and skateboards, you choose your own ride! The Ludizone is reserved for mountain biking to improve your skills.
There are several different tours, depending on your key interests:
- Burdin mill tour: every Wednesday morning in the summer
- Guided tour “l’aventure des Menuires” which focuses on the bold architecture of Les Menuires
- The permaculture garden at Chez Pépé Nicolas farm is also open access, you can enter and visit it
- In terms of heritage, the church of Saint-Martin-de-Belleville and the entrance hall of the sanctuary of Notre-Dame-de-la-Vie are open for a self-guided tour. The Saint-Laurent-de-la-Côte church is open on Wednesdays.
Mountain pasture farms
Goats, cows and sheep, ponies, pigs or rabbits... farm animals are a delight for children of all ages! You can go and see the farm animals at any time. Milking at the Chez Pépé Nicolas farm takes place between 4pm and 5.30pm, around 5.30pm at Ferme des Boyes, and from 3pm at the Combes mountain pasture.
On Tuesdays, come and visit the Bruyères festival, with entertainment during the day and fireworks in the evening. Don't forget Saint-Martin Tout Azimut, a free event in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, which takes you on a tour to discover the village.
Finally, go to the summit every Wednesday for a special show at the top of the Roc 1 ski lift or at the top of Pointe de la Masse. The show is free, you just need a ticket for the lifts. And to end the day in style with a firework display, head to Chez Pépé Nicolas in the evening.
Playgrounds for sportsmen
The beach volleyball, badminton and petanque courts as well as the Preyerand multi-sports court (football, basketball, handball) are accessible free of charge outside of tournaments. The equipment is provided by the resort:
- at the Maison de la Montagne: loan of equipment for volleyball, badminton and petanque
- at the Sports Centre: equipment for all the sports listed above
- at the Bruyères aquatic centre: all activities as well as ping-pong rackets and balls
And that’s not all, there’s lots of other activities and entertainment on offer: nature activities, the Ronde des Hameaux des Belleville, children’s shows, the Spot United in Val Thorens, concerts, discovery of the lakes, treasure hunts and astronomy evenings. Information available at the tourist offices.