Friday, February 14, 2020

Visiting Bonneval-sur-Arc, a pretty village in the French Alps

Bonneval-sur-Arc, Lanslebourg-Mont Cenis
Saint Jean de Maurienne in the Savoie Region of the French Alps
Travel Period: January 2019

Bonneval-sur-Arc village in the French Alps.

A year ago, Dutchman and I were in our usual winter sports holiday spot, the French Alps. We stayed in Val Cenis for a week and we managed to explore the nearby ski resorts which I will blog about in my next topics. This was our second time staying in Val Cenis.

On this holiday I was also able to visit a pretty characteristic village called Bonneval-sur-Arc. The Dutchman was not in the mood to visit villages, well never actually, so I went on my own.

The drive to Bonneval-sur-Arc.

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It was on a Friday morning, the 18th of January when I drove from Les Champs in Val Cenis to the northern part of this skiing valley. The weather was great, blue skies with some cloudy parts, but mostly beautiful and sunny blue skies.

Really happy the weather was great! I knew it will be a lovely ride.

The car had winter tires on so no need for snow chains since I will be driving only in the valley and there is no snow prediction as well.

Cross country skiing.

Arriving in Bessans, the village before Bonneval-sur-Arc, I noticed a number of people doing cross country skiing. Cros country skiing may seem easier than downhill skiing but it takes a lot of stamina and having a good condition to do this.

Later I learned that Bessans is nicknamed as the "Nordic Soul" because of cross country skiing. To be honest, I am not sure of this type of skiing is for me. I will stick to downhill sking =)

Finally, arriving at my destination...

The village from the main road.

Bonneval-sur-Arc village is small and quite compact. It sits on the highway and from the road, you can see the church and its tower and houses built in traditional stone. The drive from Val Cenis to here took me approximately 30 minutes. This part of the French Alps is near the Italian border.

I didn't go directly to the main village, instead, I drove a bit further and arrived in the modern part of the village. On the foreground is a skiing area for practice and a few hundred meters behind the wooden chalets is the ski lift. Bonneval-sur-Arc offers 25 kilometers of skiing terrain. I tried to convince the Dutchman that we can ski here but when he learned that its only 25 kilometers, he said, forget it.

I find the village quite pretty and I am sure it will have different scenery and feel during spring, summer, and autumn. In the thick of winter, I am only seeing snow-covered roads and roofs.

Bonneval-sur-Arc is also a part of elite "Plus Beaux Villages de France" club. Because of this status, she is well known in France and gets her share of curious tourists every now and then, especially in the warmer months.

This is a really charming salon but very few people (and tourists) around during this time of the year. January is low season. The high season for skiing months is February until March.

Bonneval-sur-Arc is a member of the "Les Plus Beaux Villages de France" (Pretty Villages in France).

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