Delving even for a few hours in Conflans (Albertville district) in the French Savoie department, is going back in time to the 14th century. Narrow streets full of old houses with typical flowers, artisan workshops, stores and art galleries. The tiny and majestic castle constructed in the 16th century, giving way to the baroque church of Saint Grait and from there to the main square where the Garella fountain is located . There are several restaurants and pubs . There was peace and tranquility. A must for those visiting the French Alps.
An easy walk in the lovely area of the French Alps and the Savoie, a few miles south of Lake Annecy. The mountains are named bauges, we can go from the city of Annecy, but in this case we would have to add 2 hours walking, and start climbing up the Church of the Visitation, which dominates the lake and is an amazing thing to see, then the forest road gets to the Grand Roc. The Annecy tourist office is on the maps for hiking, with the geography of the land, names of the trails, which have GR plus a number, as well as the level of difficulty and the time it will take you to complete the hike. Once we got to the forest of Grand Roc, you can go up the mountain Semnoz, or stand on the shore of the lake to eat, rest, have a swim, etc. If you climb the mountain, 1700 meters high, it may take about 4 hours, it is on the Great Danne, surrounded by meadows with a lovely view of the valley and other lakes. Do not forget sunblock, and plenty of water, but you can fill up your bottle in the streams, as well. Don´t forget to bring your own food for the trip.
This is a walk that takes a full day and is about 15 miles in total. You can also choose to cut it in two days and stay to sleep in a shelter or in a shelter on the way. It has a beautiful view overlooking the Cambery Valley, which is very close, the Bourget lake and on the surrounding mountains. From Chambery, it takes about 20 minutes to hike up the mountain road until you reach one of the villages that surround the valley, located in the mountains of Baumes.
For example, you can head out from the Penon or just follow the end of the road up from the Penon, and cross the forest. Once here, you can also visit a farm, the ferme of Morbié. If you go with children, you can stop by the farm and have an educational experience where they will help to explain everything about angora goats, as they grow, as they cut the wool, the uses made of the wool, etc. There is a hostel where you can have lunch surrounded by many lakes and is ideal for swimming. The height is 500 meters, not very high up, but the distance is a bit much for children.
The Vanoise National Park is in the department of Savoir, close to the mountains of the Sierra de la Vanoise, and the Italian border, which collaborates with an Italian natural park, Gran Paradiso. It's the largest protected area in Europe, with over 1,200 square kilometres. It was the first national park to be created in France in the 1960's to protect the "bouquetin", an endangered mountain goat like animal. In Italy, King Vittorio Emmanuele II forbade hunting in the mountains and created the Italian national park in the 1920's. In the mountains, there are more than 100 peaks over 3000 meters tall, separated by high plateaus and lakes. You can admire the flora and fauna, some "bouquetins" if you're lucky, but more likely you'll see rabbits or marmots and mountain flowers. There are an estimated 2,500 animals in the park, which is good news, because there were only about 100 a century ago. The highest peak is Mont Pourri standing at 3779 meters. The hiking possibilities are endless. The ski resorts of Tignes and Val d'Isere are nearby for lodging.