All the locations not to miss in the Grand Combin Valley
Amphitheatres created by imposing peaks, quaint villages with cobbles streets and flower-bedecked balconies, history permeating every nook and cranny, cool mountain water gushing from fountains, the fragrance of mountain herbs, a cool breeze blowing off the glaciers, the distinctive flavour of traditional dishes. The Grand Combin Valley is sure to stay in your heart.
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Tour Trekking/Mountain biking and outdoor summer pursuits
There is no shortage of outdoor pursuits in this area of magnificent, unspoilt scenery. Countless signed trails enable you explore the Valpelline and Great St Bernard Valley on foot or by mountain bike, just choose the itinerary that best suits your fitness level.
Bosses Raw Ham
Production of this ham is mentioned in documents dating back to the late 14th century found in the Great Saint Bernard Hospice archives. Jambon de Bosses is made from carefully selected, high quality haunches of pork that are salted, seasoned with local herbs and left to age on a bed of hay for over 12 months.
Village of Étroubles and Open Air Museum
Standing an elevation of 1,270 m along the Great St Bernard Valley, the village of Étroubles has been a point of transit since ancient times. Encircled by pastures and woodlands, the village has preserved its bread ovens and historical mills, a 12th century tower, numerous chapels and a beautiful church with a Romanesque bell tower.
Conca di By (By Basin)
Conca di By is a plateau of verdant pasturelands lying at the foot of the Grand Combin (2,000 m) encircled by an amphitheatre of mountains. Here you distinctly feel the proximity of the over-3,000 metre peaks: Chenaille, Vélan, Grande Tête de By, Avril, Gelé and Morion.
With its imposing shape, ice balconies and height of 4,134 m, Grand Combin mountain truly dominates the Great St Bernard Valley. This peak – the highest in the frontier mountain range between Mont Blanc and Dent d’Hérens – is still ruggedly wild and scarcely visited.