Pays d’Evian Vallée d’Abondance is nestled at the heart of Chablais, a territory that has been registered as a UNESCO World Geopark (since 2012). The Chablais UNESCO World Geopark has 23 developed Geosites, 7 of them are in the Pays d’Evian Vallée d’Abondance. A geological and geographical treasure that enables you to explore and reconnect to the story of the Earth.

By exploring this territory you are guaranteed to discover a most exceptional region!

 

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    The Chablais is the 4th French Geopark

    What is a Geopark?

    First and foremost this is a homestead brought to life by its inhabitants, visitors and local players where the relation between human beings and the earth is an essential element. A geopark includes a particular number of remarkable sites due to their scientific interest, rarity, aesthetic attraction or their educative value. Their interest can also be archeological, historical or natural. It meets the desires and needs of a watchful, more sustainable and authentic tourism, motivated by a return to nature on protected lands. 

    A destination that includes lake, plains and mountains, the Chablais UNESCO World Geopark offers a diversity of unique landscapes allowing you to change mood and activity all along your stay.

    Excursions guided by our mediators, guided tours of unique cultural sites, and hiking itineraries, all make up these geosites.

    The wealth of natural, cultural and gastronomical heritage adds a touch of exception to this region and its immersive playground waiting to take you away from it all.

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The Geosites on the Gavot Plateau:

Pré Richard Panorama (Bernex)

At the Pré Richard pass you will be able to discover the geology of Mont César and the Château d’Oche, a renowned Chablaisien speliology spot, as well as the history of the Bernex ski resort.

Mont Bénand (Bernex)

This itinerary gives you many stunning viewpoints. In these landscapes forged by the tectonic and erosion, you will also see the human’s touch, foresters, farmers, breeders and builders.

The Champeillant Panorama

From this panorama you will be able to discover the origins of the famous Évian mineral water, the missions of the association to protect its impluvium and the history of the Champeillant chapel.

You will enjoy an exceptional 360° view of the Jura, Lake Geneva, the Chablais Massif and of course the Alps highest point: the Mont-Blanc.

The Maravant Marshes

The Maravant Marshes, like the hundreds of humid areas originating from the Gavot plateau’s glaciers, are made up of many unique ecosystems that you will uncover their key roles.