La route du Lac Léman
Leaving from Martigny railway station
This route from Martigny towards Bouveret allows you and your family and friends to discover a rich and diverse landscape of mountains and charming roads along the banks of the Rhone and through the Chablais meadows. Thanks to a mild and sunny climate, the Rhone valley has become Switzerland’s largest orchard.
Barely out of Martigny, you’ll take a peaceful path along the Rhone. You’ll quickly arrive in Evionnaz where your children could have fun among the 15,000 cedars in the Labyrinth adventure during your next family excursion.
The plain then narrows as, surrounded by towering rock faces, you cross the Bois Noir and arrive in Saint-Maurice. The famous abbey, founded in 515, and its world-famous treasure, the Grotte aux Fées, are both worth a visit, as is its Castle.
Once you leave the Agaunoise city, the landscape changes to make way for agricultural and industrial areas. On the left, you have Monthey, on the right Bex and Aigle. The Rhône separates the canton of Valais (left bank) from the Canton of Vaud (right bank).
On your route, you can enjoy a stop at the World Cycling Centre (UCI) in Aigle. There, you might be able to see the athletes training, visit the permanent exhibition of photos around the velodrome, or just have a coffee on the centre’s terrace.
If you still have a bit of energy left when you arrive in Bouveret on Lake Geneva you could visit the Grangettes nature reserve. The Swiss Steam Park is for train fans and offers a fun ride on large model trains which are ideal for children. Opposite it is the Aquaparc, a fun water park, with slides and a sandy beach. To recharge your batteries before starting the return journey, why not sit on a terrace at the port and try some perch or fera fillets, fished from Lake Geneva?
When you get back on the road, don’t forget to take the time to contemplate the panorama that awaits you with, among others, the towering Dents du Midi above Monthey, and the volcano-like Catogne in the background, above Martigny. After this energetic ride, enjoy the end your day relaxing at Bains de Lavey, with indoor and outdoor pools, as well as saunas and Turkish baths.
As a helpful hint, you should know that in good weather the wind blows down the Rhone valley in the morning and back in the afternoon, so it is better to undertake this tour to Bouveret in the early morning.