Abondance... Such a name can be nothing but promising! Promising vast expanses of snow, an abundance of activities, a whole host of gastronomic discoveries...
Abondance is the name of an Abbey, proof, if it were necessary, of the wealth of heritage in this village; it’s a breed of cattle, with beautiful brown eye patches, accustomed to the altitude and the climate of Savoy; it’s also a Protected Designation of Origin, for a cheese with a golden crust, with which one makes delicious berthouds, tarts or other pastries.
Finally, Abondance is the name of a valley, which goes up to Châtel and the Swiss border and offers an exceptional location for skiing and practicing ‘Nordic’ activities: cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, biathlon... The traditional village along with majestic farms has been preserved, Abondance, from the height of its 1000 metres of altitude, is synonymous with family holidays in the great outdoors.
The echo of bells in the valleys, blueberries by the roadsides and alpine farms where it’s pleasant to stop off... At Abondance, the mountain lives on a gentle slope...
Departing from Abondance, several excursions allow discovery of the diversity of the alpine countryside: around Tavaneuse Lake or Arvouin Lake, with the reflection of the peaks in the green water; Cornettes de Bise and its breath-taking views of Lake Geneva; or even Pointe de Chésery and its panoramic views of Portes du Soleil.
But one also comes to Abondance to absorb the history of this corner of Upper Savoy. Through guided tours, it’s possible to discover traditional housing, farms typical of the valley and their rabbit holes, hamlets on the side of slopes, and religious heritage (amongst others, the abbey of Abondance and the Maison du Val are two landmarks of the cultural richness of the region).