Must-do Summer Activities
Find out what activities you must try out this summer in Praz sur Arly! You’ll see magnificent scenery with the Mont Blanc as a backdrop when hiking in our mountains, or you can enjoy a game of mini-golf and discover our very unusual works of art!
THE SMUGGLERS’ TRAIL
Based on the history of the region, with a comic book as a guide, this walk is a treasure hunt for children in the mountains. Fun educational panels lead you to a secret code to solve a mystery at the top of the Crêt du Midi chairlift. A two-hour family walk at 1,700m to find Fanfouétomas’ treasure! Fanfouétomas comic book (44 pages, 6€) on sale in shops and at the Tourist Office.
Buy the comic book online: Le trésor de Fanfouétomas
For more information: www.prazsurarly.com/le-chemin-des-contrebandiers
CRÊT DU MIDI CHAIRLIFT
Reach the summits of Praz-sur-Arly in only a few minutes with the 6-seater Crêt du Midi chairlift. Climb to 1,700 metres in 10 minutes! The top is the start of numerous hikes including the Smugglers’ Trail.
Rates: Adult ascent (from 17 years): 6.90€. Child ascent (6-16 years inclusive): 5€. The descent is free. Adult day ticket: 15€/Child: 12.50€.
Opening Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 9.30 to 16.30.
For more information: prazsurarly.labellemontagne.com
3 walks, 3 levels: from the easiest to the most difficult! It’s simple: on presentation of a photo of the young walker (camera, smartphone) on one of the three summits, a diploma and medal (in the shape of an edelweiss) will be awarded depending on the level of difficulty. All three walks are less than 2 hours.
– Ban Rouge (GOLD STAR) One of the highest summits in Praz sur Arly. At 1,983 m, you have a 360° view of 3 mountain ranges: the Aravis, the Beaufortain and the Mont Blanc! Altitude gain: 253 m (from the Crêt du Midi chairlift). Walking time: 2 hours.
– The Evettes Lake (SILVER STAR). This is an easy walk of about one hour and 50 minutes. The mostly forested itinerary brings you to the banks of a little mountain lake. Altitude gain: 270 m. Walking time: 1 hour 50 mins.
– The Epines Blanches (BRONZE STAR). This is a panoramic circuit facing the Mont Blanc range and the whole of the Val d’Arly. A chance to discover numerous old farms dotted along the way before arriving at the forested part. Altitude gain: 190 m. Walking time: 1 hour and 15 mins.
HIKING AND THE GRAND WALKING TOUR OF THE PAYS DU MONT-BLANC
There are 15 hiking trails between 1,035 and 2,000 metres in Praz-sur-Arly. There is also the Grand Walking Tour of the Pays du Mont-Blanc: 160 km of marked paths, accessible to all levels of hikers. The Alpine pastures, villages, traditional Alpine lifestyles and the escarpments of the highest summit in Europe are a veritable hikers’ paradise. Mountain lovers can enjoy one of the most beautiful hikes in the Haute-Savoie. Two mountain refuges – the Plan de l’Are and the Petit Tétras – are on the Grand Tour and you can reserve on www.monrefugepaysdumontblanc.com
The Grand Walking Tour of the Pays du Mont-Blanc: A 3 to 12 day circuit, with many possibilities, crossing 5 nature reserves. A choice of trails for all levels of hikers and a complete FFRP topographical guide.
THE BELLES LEISURE PARK AND OUTSIDER ART MINI-GOLF
The Belles Leisure Park is a favourite place for families. Activities include: children’s games, tennis, beach-volley, a climbing wall, multisports ground, a giant chequers game, skate park, pétanque ground, etc.
It also has an unusual 18-hole landscaped mini-golf and 20 original works of art. Come and discover the cycling rabbit, the Swiss Dahu, the black and white cow, the man of the mountain tops …
You can reserve the tennis court or mini golf at the Barabelles Club House. They also serve drinks, ice creams and light snacks.
Opening hours: Open daily from 10.00 to 18.00.
Rates: 1 to 3 people = 6 €; 4 to 8 people = 5 €; 8 people and more = 4.5 €
PARAGLIDING AND HOT AIR BALLOONING
Praz-sur-Arly is well known for its hot air balloon flights. Flights leaving from the village are possible all year round, in all four seasons. It’s an amazing sight. The view from the basket is magical as the balloon lifts up over the mountain tops. It’s like an open balcony on the Mont Blanc range, the Aravis Chain, the Beaufortain, and part of the Swiss and Italian Alps … Thanks to the exceptional aerological conditions of this part of the Alps, the resort of Praz sur Arly has a hot air balloon company on the spot all year round.
And what about paragliding? Discover the unique sensation of a flight taking off from the summits of Praz sur Arly or Megève. Your initiation will take place in magnificent scenery gliding over the foothills of the Mont Blanc range and the Aravis Chain.
WATER AND FISHING
The River Arly runs through the village and is a lovely spot in summer to relax on the banks or cool off in the water!
The Pays du Mont-Blanc is a magnificent place to fish. The Tourist Office organizes workshops for children in the summer. Fishing permits are on sale at the Tourist Office reception.