Mountains, Forests, Lakes and Rivers
Nestled between 840 to 2432 metres in altitude, Abondance’s natural backdrop is very varied. From the village you will discover Chablais’s treasures, a UNESCO registered Geopark.
A natural site to resource yourself and fully benefit from outdoor activities.
At an altitude of 1190m the Plagnes Lake is a UNESCO registered geopark natural site. This beautiful lake covers 6 hectares and is dominated by the Mont de Grange Massif (2432m), a Natura 2000 nature reserve.
In winter, the Nordic area at Plagnes Lake offers a multitude of activities: starting points for guided snowshoe and ski touring excursions, dog sledding and ski joëring initiation, and when conditions allow, a unique activity: ice skating on the frozen lake.
For Nordic skiing enthusiasts there is a Nordic skiing and classic cross-country skiing 5km loop open for free use.
Accessible by car from the centre of Abondance village (5km) taking the road towards Charmy l’Adroit. Parking near the lake. Picnic tables and restaurant on-site open during the school holidays. It is a good idea to check with the Tourist Office before going to the lake.
The Chablais GeoparkDiscover the Geopark
The region has rich geological history with many glaciers that have transformed over the millennia, and shaped the landscape and life.
Chablais’ rich heritage gained UNESCO’s acknowledgement as a Geopark.
Pays d'Evian Vallée d'Abondance's Natural Sites
Discover these riches.
Here is a selection of places to visit below.
Guided individual tours, Unguided group tours, Guided group tours, Unguided individual tours
From the chapel or the orientation table, enjoy a 360-degree view of the Jura, Lake Geneva, Chablais and Mont Blanc. The plateau on which you stand is the origin of the evian mineral waters.
Le Col de Savalène (d'Arvouin) pass
Franco-Swiss pass nestled at 1856m above sea level, between Pointe d'Arvouin and Lenla (Linleu). This pass overlooks the valley and chalets of Savalène on Swiss territory as well as the mountain pasture and Lake Arvouin on French territory.
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