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Make holiday rental in Bessans, France your home away from home

Bessans self-catering accommodation is located in the Savoie Department of the Rhone-Alpes region of southeastern France. Here, in the Haute Maurienne, you’ll be at one of Europe’s top ski areas, and at Bessans you’ll find a fantastic setting for alpine and cross-country skiing. In summer there’s also plenty to do, with a host of outdoor activities available.

Things to do in Bessans, France

Thanks to the high altitude of the resort next to Bessans holiday chalets you’ll be able to expect excellent snow coverage in winter. Many people head for Bessans to enjoy cross-country skiing - set at 1750 metres in elevation are more than 80 kilometres of marked trails for this activity. It’s one of the best ways to experience the spectacular landscape, with your route guiding you through forest. There’s also great downhill skiing to be had between the months of December and April. This compact resort offers three slopes, totalling three kilometres in length, served by two lifts. In the village of Bressan there are some important pieces of architectural heritage – the Saint-Anthony Vault is a rectangular religious building featuring oratories and frescoes, and built in the early 1500s. The nearby Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church is from at least the 14th Century, with a bell-tower that could be even older than that. If you arrive at a holiday rental in Bessans during the summer then there’s just as much to see and do. At this time of year you can enjoy the landscape on foot or by bike – guided nature walks are also available in summer. Fishing is an ever popular activity, while for some the main reason to come to Haute Mauienne in the warmer months is to enjoy some rock climbing, with a number of excellent climbs within easy reach of the village.

Places to visit on holiday in Bessans, France

At Bessans self-catering chalets you’ll be minutes from Bonneval, which is listed as one of France’s most beautiful villages. It’s known for its attractive stone buildings, and in the winter months you could also make your way here to enjoy the 25 kilometres of ski trails.

Weather in Bessans, France

Given the elevation of holiday accommodation in Bessans, there’s health coverage and good snow quality between December and April. Summers bring moderately warm weather, with plenty of sunshine. Highs in this season tend to get up to the mid-20s.

Cheap flights to Bessans, France

The closest international airport to Bessans self-catering accommodation is Turin Caselle (TRN), which sits around 90 minutes away to the southeast. You’ll be able to reach this destination from the UK by flying with British Airways, EasyJet or Ryanair from London Gatwick (LGW) or Stansted (STD).

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Excellent summer walking

5 of 5
Very good well equipped apartment with views of Mont Blanc and the lively village square. The swimming pool, sauna steam room were never too crowded, just what was needed after a long day walking. Many excellent walks from the door, or up one of the lifts. All levels of walking available from gentle strolls from the lift or bus to full day mountain hikes. We averaged 16Km with around 700m of ascent. Paradise for the flower-lover, although a little earlier in the season might be even better. For the geeks, fragrant orchids, black vanilla orchid, frog orchid, martagon lily and globeflower were among the more unusual. I'm not a skier, but this is perfect for summer walking.
  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017

CONVENIENT AND COMFORTABLE

4 of 5
We stayed in this property for five weeks in the Summer of 2017, skiing on the Grande Motte glacier. L’Ecrin des Neiges is well located at the entrance to Val Claret. There are bus stops immediately outside the apartment building which can be used to get to the Grande Motte lift system, or to travel to other parts of the resort. Alternatively, Grande Motte is about an 8 minute walk away. Access to the upper level shopping area of Val Claret is by elevator, which is conveniently positioned close by to the apartment building. A few steps from the top of the elevator is a good, “Sherpa” supermarket and artisan bakery, as well as other shops and restaurants. However, many of these close out of season so for our first week in the resort we had to travel to Tignes du Lac for shopping. For those driving, there is a good underground car park in L’Ecrin des Neiges. The apartment is comfortable, with a good balcony, and is generally well-equipped. As long-stay guests we probably cooked for ourselves more than the average holidaymaker. The kitchen area is small but does contain everything you need, and we were able to produce some high-quality meals. The property comprises three bedrooms, together with a living/dining area and open kitchen. There is a family bathroom and separate toilet, as well as an en-suite shower room and toilet in the master bedroom. The bedrooms are on the small side, but were perfectly adequate. Be aware, though, that although two of the bedrooms have views to the outside, the third has a window into the main corridor of the apartment building and has no natural light. One drawback for us was the lack of washing machine/drier in the apartment. There is a washing machine and drier available to the residents of the L’Ecrin des Neiges apartment building, but this is shared with other apartments and was often in use. To use the machine you must buy tokens from the front desk. Despite the (relatively minor) shortcomings, overall this apartment is well appointed, comfortable, pleasantly furnished and well located. The owner was very easy to deal with and very responsive to our needs, and Tignes Angels, who provided local concierge services, were equally helpful and responsive.
  • Review Submitted: Sep 01, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017