The Mont Revard
And its unmissable belvedere !
High from the top of its 1563 meters, The "Mont Revard", is located in the northern foothills of the Massif des Bauges. It overlooks Aix les Bains and Lac du Bourget.
A Little History ...
The history of Revard is linked to local events and in particular to the history of Aix-les-Bains. Indeed, the spa town has welcomed many personalities thanks to its hot springs. The latter made it one of the most famous spa resorts in the world. Tourist attendance at Mont Revard thus increased sharply from the 19th century. It has therefore become one of the most important in the department in summer. The main tourist services are located on the plateau.
Mont Revard has a real wealth of fauna and flora, with the cohabitation of many species.
There are varied environments ranging from birch woods with sphagnum to dry lawns with orchids. This mountain is also home to many rare plants on a departmental scale. You can find flowers such as the French laser (Laserpitium gallium) or the bellflower (Campanula medium). Near the cliffs, there is a rare group of dog’s tooth tufts (Erythronium dens-canis). In the cool corridors, large communities of perennial moonflower (Lunaria rediviva) are installed. On the cliffs, one can observe the bear-ear primrose (Primula auricula). The Carthusian vulneraria (Hypericum numullarium) and the wild thyme-cress (Arabis serpyllifolia) are also present there. The mountain also has more common species such as bryophytes (moss), algae, lichens. Of course, there are also many species of mushrooms, including morels.
On the other hand, the most frequently encountered animals are mammals (wild boar, deer, etc.). There are reptiles and amphibians (toads for example), fish like brown trout (Salmo trutta) for example. Not to mention insects such as bees and other types of invertebrates such as snails or spiders.
To do at Mont Revard :
- Le mont Revard, from the top of its 1563m altitude has a rich history. Formerly accessible by rack railway, then by cable car until 1969, it is now accessible by road.
- Le belvédère du Mont Revard, which, since the creation of three pontoons above the void, the Belvedere of Mont Revard offers a breathtaking 360° view.
- During Summer, take advantage of numerous hiking and mountain biking trails, as well as via ferrata sites, rock climbing, adventure trails in the forest, canyoning, caving, paragliding or hang-gliding.
- During Winter, La Féclaz is now one of the most important Nordic sites at national level for cross-country skiing, but you can just as well go downhill skiing, sledding, dog sledding, snowmobiling and many other activities.