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The Maurienne valley
Nestled in the Savoy region of France, the Maurienne, is one of the longest alpine valleys, stretching 120 km between Italy and the Hautes-Alpes.
Crossed by the Arc river, it begins in the shade of the Levanna, peaks overlooking the hamlet of Écot at the foot of the Iseran pass, and extends to Aiton, where the Arc joins the Isère in the Combe de Savoie.
An ideal playground for cyclists, the Maurienne has 6 internationally renowned passes:
- The Iseran (2,764 m) towards the Tarentaise, the highest road pass in the Alps;
- Moncenisio (2085 m) to the val Susa;
- The Telegraph (1,566 m) and the Galibier (2,642 m) to the Briançonnais and the Oisans;
- The Croix-de-Fer (2,065 m) and the Glandon (1,924 m) to the Oisans;
- The Madeleine (1,993 m) towards the Tarentaise;
- The Grand Cucheron (1,188 m) towards the Vallée des Huiles.
Between the legendary passes and the Vanoise National Park, it shelters fabulous spaces that allow you to discover the mountains through a multiple of activities throughout the year. Skiing, trail running, paragliding, and not forgetting hiking, it will take you a lifetime to discover all the trails. It is impossible to get bored in the Maurienne!
In addition to its splendid landscapes, the culinary heritage of the Maurienne, will also delight your taste buds. World-famous for its Beaufort cheese nicknamed the “prince of the gruyères”, it also concentrates on rarer appellations like the Termignon Blue or the Bonneval Blue. The valley is also a historic producer of saffron which has been reintroduced to the region since 2008.
A region which saw the birth of the Opinel knife at the end of the 19th century, the Mauritian know-how and ingenuity has been recognized for generations!
Those that know, don’t speak of it, those that don’t know are yet to discover this beautiful valley
Those that know, know how good it is and want to keep it from becoming over crowded.