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What to see and do in May 2024

LEISURE AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES IN PRAZ-SUR-ARLY, THE PAYS DU MONT-BLANC AND THE VAL D’ARLY

Sporting activities in Praz sur Arly:

Themed Hikes (marmots, ibex, glaciers, panorama of Mont Blanc, etc) and accompanied half-day hikes. Contact Mountain Guides Office: 04 50 21 55 11.

Initiation flights in a hot air balloon: Contact Alpes Montgolfière:  04 50 55 50 60.

Praz Lac Aventures: Open on long weekends in May by reservation (07 67 22 56 72). Take to the heights for a good dose of fun and excitement for all the family.

Cani rando with 3 D Nordic: by reservation: 06 11 66 35 04.

 

In the area:

Escaladventure: located in Hauteluce (14.5km), this is an adventure course where you will discover classic workshops such as bridges, footbridges, ziplines as well as workshops representing mountain activities (VIA FERRATA, climbing…). Reservation essential on 04 79 38 83 02

Paragliding: Two possibilities leaving from Praz or Megève: Fabien JAMBON on 06 70 07 51 21 or Megève Baptême Parapente: 06 62 13 27 71.

Côte 2000 Aventure in Megève: Tree climbing course (from 5 years old). Open daily by reservation: 06 76 29 71 04.

Paint Ball Expérience: open all year from 9.00 to 22.00, by reservation on 06 09 81 31 17.

 

The Palais des Sports in Megèvethe largest sports complex in the Alps

– Indoor Olympic pool:

From 06/05 to 21/06/2024
Opening hours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 12 pm and 2 pm and between 5.30 pm and 7.30 pm. On Wednesday between 12 pm and 9 pm. On Saturday and Sunday between 10 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 6 pm.
Closed exceptionally on 01/05, 25/05, 26/05 and public holidays.

– Balneoform:

Till 05/05/2024
Opening hours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 2 pm and 7.30 pm. On Wednesday between 2 pm and 9 pm. On Saturday and Sunday between 10 am and 7.30 pm. Closed exceptionally on May 1st. Reopening on 22/06/2024.

Gym:

From 06/05 to 08/09/2024
Opening hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 8 am and 9 pm. On Saturday between 9 am and 6 pm. On Sunday between 9 am and 1 pm. Closed exceptionally on Ascension Day (8 May) and Whit Monday (20 May).

Also indoor tennis court, fitness, Wellness spa, exhibitions, restaurant, media library available in the Sports Centre.

 

LEISURE AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN PRAZ SUR ARLY

 

– Belles Leisure Park: Manu and Jude are delighted to welcome you. It’s  “The place to be” for the family and kids! Games for all ages  multisports ground (basketball, football, handball, volleyball) pyracorde, pétanque, tennis, body-building equipment and zipline, outsider art mini-golf, restaurant. Open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10.30. Closed on Monday and Tuesday.

– Exhibition: “Sports and the mountains, the big jump!”, or how winter sports have transformed the Pays du Mont-Blanc. Inside at the Tourist Office and also outside along the banks of the River Arly.

 

IN THE AREA:

 

– Cinema du Mont-Blanc in Sallanches (18km): 04 50 18 39 10.

The Fairytale House in Notre Dame de Bellecombe (7km), open daily from 10.00-19.00. An unusual, unique and original exhibition, imagined and created with the family, for young and old alike, in paper paste and salt paste.

– Val d’Arly Cheese Cooperative in Flumet (2.5km) open daily from 8.30 to 19.30.

– Visit the Saint-Nicolas-la-Chapelle Church (7km) with its double-lantern bell tower.

MEGEVE: The town centre and the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church (5km). The Calvary Walk (an hour’s walk above Megève with fifteen chapels and oratories representing the Stations of the Cross). The Upper Val d’Arly Museum (04 50 91 81 00).

THE VAL D’ARLY AND THE BEAUFORTAIN: Notre-Dame-de-Bellecombe, Col des Saisies (18km), Hauteluce (Baroque church), Beaufort (cheese factory), Arêches, return via Conflans (medieval city) and Albertville.

THE ARAVIS PASS: Go through Flumet towards La Clusaz and stop at the Aravis Pass. A change of scenery guaranteed! You can also reach Annecy and its famous lake in less than 1 hour.

COMBLOUX:  Its baroque church with its typical bulb; and the granite path: a 1km walk through the forest where huge glacial erratic rocks, deposited about 15,000 years ago during the retreat of the glacier, still remain.

CORDON: walk around and discover the village. Exceptional view of the Mont Blanc.

The Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix Mont-Blanc (36km), cable car every 15 or 30 minutes depending on numbers. In just 20 minutes, you’ll be transported to an altitude of 3,842 metres, right in the heart of the Mont-Blanc Massif. Don’t miss the Pas dans le Vide: a glass box with windows on 5 sides and more than a thousand metres of open space beneath your feet. Access forbidden to under-3s and not recommended for under-5s. Reservation obligatory.

The Mer de Glace with the Montenvers Train. Cogwheel trains run on gradients of over 9%, and there are 5 of them in France. This makes the Montenvers Train a unique experience not to be missed. The 5.1 km journey between Chamonix-Mont-Blanc and the Montenvers site is on the side of the mountain. After a 20-minute climb, you reach the terminus at an altitude of 1,913 metres! The view of the Drus, the Grandes Jorasses and the Grands Charmoz is breathtaking. Closed from 13 to 31 May 2024 for works.

The Château des Rubins: The Observatoire des Alpes in Sallanches (18km away) offers you an innovative scenography made up of around fifty interactive modules spread over four floors covering different themes. The new tour covers more than 500m2, and takes around two hours to complete in an immersive atmosphere of light and sound. Open from 10am to 6pm. 04 50 90 83 03.

Short walks around a lake: Praz sur Arly lake, Javen lake in Megève (11km), Flumet lake (6km), Green lake in Passy Plaine-Joux (27km), Ilettes lake in Sallanches (22km), Passy lake (18km).

The Saint Gervais Thermal Baths: The Mont Blanc Baths are the ideal place to meet up and share a relaxing moment with your partner, family or friends in naturally warm thermal water. 04 50 47 54 57.

The Merlet Park: Located in Les Houches (36km) is open from 1 May to 29 September 2024, daily from 10.00 to 18.00, except Mondays. Reservation obligatory: 07 67 22 82 69.

– The Jardin des Cimes: Located in Passy (26 km) is an invitation to discover different gardens of the world during an hour’s walk. Open as of 25 May. 04 50 21 50 87.

 


 


EVENTS IN PRAZ SUR ARLY AND THE PAYS DU MONT BLANC

In Praz sur Arly :
04/05/24 : Big spring clean from 8.30 to 11.00, weather permitting. Cancelled in case of bad weather.

In Megève (5km) :
04/05/24 : Heure du conte bébés lecteurs de 11h à 11h45.
08/05/24 : Anniversaire de la victoire du 8 mai 1945 à 11h.
Du 08/05/24 au 05/05/25 : Exposition “Le passé recomposé”, Garry Pycroft tous les jours.
18/05/24 : Micro-Folie, la nuit des musées de 20h à 22h30.

In Combloux (9.9km) :
01/05/24 : Comice agricole du Pays du Mont-Blanc.
12/05/24 : Marché aux fleurs de 8h à 14h.
18/05/24 : Concert “Beethoven, les quatuors intimes”, Orchestre des Pays de Savoie de 21h à 22h30.

In Sallanches (18km) :

03/05/24 : Spectacle – Un poyo Rojo de 20h à 21h.
04/05/24 : Vide grenier de l’APE de Jules Ferry de 8h à 17h.
04/05/24 : Marché aux fleurs & Plants de 8h30 à 13h30.
05/05/24 : Vide grenier de l’école des Marmottes de 8h à 17h.
05/05/24 : Concert de printemps à 18h.
Du 05/05/24 au 30/09/24 : Marché de créations locales de 10h à 16h.
15/05/24 : Spectacle – Le champ de bataille de 20h à 21h20.
24/05/24 : Spectacle – Une nuit avec Laura Domenge de 20h à 21h20.
29/05/24 : Spectacle – Nos petits penchants de 18h à 18h55.

In Saint-Gervais-les-Bains (15.6km) :
03/05/24 : Hockey sur glace : tournoi de printemps U15 à 18h.
04/05/24 : L’Heure du clic : Birdie memory – écoute les oiseaux à 10h30.
15/05/24 : Les ateliers de Sylvie : oiseaux en pompons à 16h.
Du 23/05/24 au 25/05/24 : Festival mission cinéma.

In Passy (20km) :
24/05/24 : Spectacle FugaCités – Concert de l’Hostel Dieu à 20h.
26/05/24 : Dré dans l’Darbon à 7h (Randonnée VTT et pédestre).
26/05/24 : Vide Grenier de l’école Passy Chef Lieu de 8h à 17h.

In Chamonix Mont Blanc (37km) :
05/05/24 : Compétition de Mini Bowling de 18h30 à 20h.
07/05/24 : Dans la peau de l’ours de 20h30 à 23h30.
08/05/24 : FATAL BAZOOKA & Friends // L’INDEX EN FETE 2024 de 18h à 22h.
15/05/24 : Danse Classique – Ballet -Mythologies à 20h30.
19/05/24 : Asian Dub Foundation + PUPPETMASTAZ // L’INDEX EN FETE 2024 de 18h à 22h.
23/05/24 : Don de sang de 15h à 19h.
23/05/24 : Danse – Chotto Desh à 18h30.


For additional information, don’t hesitate to contact the various Tourist Offices in the region.


Big Spring Clean on Saturday 4 May!

On Saturday 4 May 2024, the Tourist Office and its partners, including the Praz Town Hall and ESF, Sitom des Vallées du Mont-Blanc, Val d’Arly Labellemontagne and the Mountain Riders Association, will be carrying out a major “Spring Clean” around the foot of the Praz slopes. All help is most welcome!
+ More info on https://urlz.fr/q6t7

Dates of Main events of Summer 2024

July


+ SATURDAY 29 AND SUNDAY 30 JUNE: THE MB RACE

The MB Ultra (up to 170 km and 7000 metres of altitude difference) is the most difficult mountain bike race in the world, and the end of the route passes through Praz sur Arly. The MB Explore offers a course with a unique distance of 55 km and 2800 m of altitude difference.

On both days, from 8.30 am to 12 pm: passage along the banks of the Arly and the Varins car park, with festive refreshments for the riders on Saturday at the Varins car park. Come and cheer them on. Free admission.

+ SUNDAY 7 JULY: LAKE FESTIVAL

The new swimming lake is already celebrating its first birthday! To mark the occasion, come and enjoy the free events: don’t miss the “Fabuleux” parade, as well as paddle- board challenges in the afternoon and, at the end of the afternoon, a big rubber-ring race open to all. From 5.30 pm, a concert by the charming duo, “Lo et Ben”. And don’t forget the first welcome drink of the summer at 6pm!

+ THURSDAY 14 JULY: ASSYLUM CONCERT AT ALTITUDE – Baroque Festival

Blending influences from ancient Eastern and Western music with resolutely modern worlds, Aliocha’s rich compositions are complemented and embellished by Patrick RUDANT’s melismas and the poetry (or tribality!) of Henri-Charles CAGET’s percussion. A concert at the summit with a view of Mont Blanc!

Concert starts at 2.30 pm. Free admission, chairlift charge: adults (aged 17 and over): €6.90, children (aged 6-16 inclusive): €5.

 

 

+ SUNDAY 14 JULY: FIREWORKS AT 23.00 – VARINS PARKING LOT

 

+ THURSDAY EVENINGS IN PRAZ: 18/25 JULY and 1/8/15/22 AUGUST

This summer, nightfall on Thursdays promises to be festive in Praz sur Arly! Every Thursday evening from 18 July to 22 August, from 7 pm to 11 pm, the main road will be closed from 6.30 pm and cars will make way for street artists: entertainment and workshops for families and 2 big concerts between 7pm and 11pm. Free admission.

+ SATURDAY 20 AND SUNDAY 21 JULY: SECOND WORLD WAR MILITARY CAMP

Reconstitution of a Second World War military camp. Come and meet history buffs and share their passions. On the programme: vehicles and base camp.

Meeting point on the banks of the Arly, with games for children. Access to the camp from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday.

+  SATURDAY 27 JULY: THE ARLY PETANQUE TOURNAMENT

Our traditional pétanque tournament on the banks of the Arly River. Inscriptions in pairs on the spot. Free access. Drinks stand and snacks available organized by the Praz sur Arly Ski Club. Banks of the River Arly from 10.00 to 19.00.

 


August


+ THURSDAY 15 AUGUST: JUMBLE SALE

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., shopkeepers’ jumble sale and private garage sale throughout the village closed for the occasion for pedestrians only… Route du Val d’Arly. Free access.

+ SUNDAY 18 AUGUST: “RETROMOBILE” VINTAGE CAR RALLY

Gathering of more than 60 vintage cars and rides for the benefit of bone marrow donations to the Sapaudia Association. Musical entertainment, American pin-ups, parades, activities for children, make-up and old-fashioned waffles… From 10.00 to 12.30 and from 14.00 to 18.00 in the centre of the village and the Route du Val d’Arly. Free access.

+ SATURDAY 26 AUGUST: 3rd ESPACE DIAMANT CANITRAIL

A trail race with your dog. This summer, there will be two stages in Praz sur Arly to cheer on the participants. On the programme: between 10 and 15km per stage, with 500 to 800m of altitude difference. Registration on the “Canitrail du Diamant” Facebook site. Free access for spectators.

+ THURSDAY EVENINGS IN PRAZ: 1/8/15 and 22 AUGUST

This summer, nightfall on Thursdays promises to be festive in Praz sur Arly! Every Thursday evening from 18 July to 22 August, from 7pm to 11pm, the main road will be closed from 6.30 pm and cars will make way for street artists: entertainment and workshops for families and 2 big concerts between 7 pm and 11 pm. Free admission.

Leisure Pass – Summer 2024

 


A Pass with multiple advantages!

Praz-sur-Arly offers you a Leisure Pass with unlimited access over 7 days to the Praz Lac Aventure aqualudic course, the Crêt du Midi chairlift, the Plaine des Belles outsider art mini golf course and the chance to discover other activities in the Mont Blanc region!

 

+ The PASS offers unlimited access to the following activities in Praz sur Arly:

The Praz Lac Adventure Aquapark (daily)

The Crêt du Midi chairlift:  In just 10 minutes, climb to an altitude of over 1700 metres and admire the view of the Mont Blanc. Go for a hike, have lunch in the mountain restaurants or relax on the “La-bell’aire” terrace. At the arrival of the chairlift is the “Smugglers’ Trail”. Based on the history of the smugglers of the region, with a comic book as a guide, the idea of this hike is to allow children to go on a treasure hunt in the mountains. Fun signs allow you to find a secret code and solve a riddle!

In stormy weather, access to the chairlift may be interrupted. Ask about the weather conditions before setting off. Accessible to pedestrians and mountain bikes.

Open from Sunday to Thursday, from 9.45am to 12.20pm and from 1pm to 4.20pm from Monday 8 July to Thursday 29 August 2024.

Mini-Golf in the Belles Leisure Park: An exceptional mini-golf course. The landscaped mini-golf course with 18 “outsider art” holes is a project combining leisure and culture, with the integration of some twenty works of rough art. Come and discover the cycling rabbit, the Swiss dahu, the black and white cow, the man of the peaks. Open daily (10.30 am-9 pm).

 

+ The PASS offers its holders a number of other advantages:

The Trail Map or the Adventures of Quentin and Louis comic books at half price on presentation of the Pass.

The Trail map BELVEDERE DU MONT-BLANC. The queen of summer sports has pride of place in the Mont Blanc region. Discover the fauna and flora, the exceptional panoramas (Mont-Blanc, Aravis and Beaufortain…). From Praz sur Arly, there are 15 marked trails and 56 walks that you will find with this trail map and this flyer.

The comic books which accompany children on our 2 fun trails. They tell the story of Louis, a genius inventor who transforms the Crêt du Midi chairlift into a time-travel machine to please his grandson, Quentin. Three volumes to help you discover our heritage while having fun!
On sale at the Tourist Office.

Discounts with our local activity providers: canyoning, rafting, group outings: hiking, mountain biking, climbing, cani-rando, hydrospeed, laser game, etc….

 


How does it work?


Simply show your identity card and the Leisure Pass and you’ll have privileged access to all that Praz sur Arly has to offer.


Rates


 

7-day TODDLER’S PASS (less than 5 years)                                                               FREE

7-DAY CHILDREN’S PASS (from 5 to 16 years inclusive)                                        20€

7-day ADULT PASS (17 years and over)                                                                       27 €

  • With obligatory reusable support: 2€

PASS WITH NAME AND DATE, VALID 7 CONSECUTIVE DAYS

On sale at the Tourist Office, at the Belles Leisure Park reception and at the Crêt du Midi chairlift office.

Collect your Pass in Praz sur Arly at:  Praz-sur-Arly Tourist Office / Belles Leisure Park reception / Crêt du Midi chairlift office.

 

54 Route du Val d'Arly, 74120 Praz-sur-Arly, Haute-Savoie, France
Open every day from 9.00 am to 12.00 am and 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm