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Bozel in Europe

Bozel is situated in the Tarentaise Valley, in the department of Savoie, From 380 m to 3 855m , the Tarentaise Valley covers the high Isère Valley, in the heart of the French Alps, between Beaufortain and the Mont_Blanc_Massif Mont Blanc Massif in the North, Vanoise Massif and the Maurienne Valley in the South, and the crest of the Alps in the East, which falls over on the Aosta Valley in Italy.

The Tarentaise Valley is a national heritage area of exceptionnal importance :

  • Natural heritage and landscape shaped by man.
  • Religious heritage in a country filled by the Christianity since the 5th century. Then this heritage has been marked by the Baroque art.
  • Civil heritage with its towers of defense or vestiges of the Gallo-Roman culture.
  • At last, architectural heritage of mountains villages, and, closer to us, the craft or industrial heritages and leisure activities.


Inhabited since Neolithic, Bozel is the quintessence of the Savoyard village since the Middle Ages.

Administrative Centre and shops at the valley below, and habitat shelled in seven hamlets clinging to the mountains: Villemartin, Tincave, The Mollinets, The Râtelard Lachenal, The Court, Les Moulins.

Bozel a shift from an altitude of 900 to 2558 meters, the summit of Mount Jovet. There, a 360 ° view: form the Mont Blanc Massif to the Vanoise glaciers.

In Bozel you walk in the footsteps of history: the "Sarazine Tower" (twelfth century) makes us imagine the Lords Rouge of Bozel's feudal power. The chapel of St. Barbe (16th century) recalls the strength and age of Christianity in the valley, to the Counter-Reformation Baroque.

While walking from village to village, you can also hear the echo of Tarines (cattle in the pasture of Tarentaise, used in France today to produce the cheese with a distinct flavor that comes from the high alpine villages of the Tarentaise valley), or locate the shaping of the landscape by obstinate mountain farmers, peasants became workers in the twentieth century.

Today Bozel lies in the Vanoise National Park [1] and the center of prestigious ski resorts such as Brides les Bains , Champagny, Courchevel, Méribel, La Tania and Pralognan la Vanoise.

Today Bozel is a growing town, accounting 2031 inhabitants in 2008.

Tourism office[edit]

Bozel Tourist Office [2], Tel: o4 79 55 03 77.

  • Winter opening hours (from Christmas holidays to mid-April) M-Sa 8.30AM-noon and 3PM-6.30PM. Su 8.30am-noon.
  • Off Season opening hours, M-Fr 9AM-noon and 3PM-6PM. Closed Saturdays and Sundays and holidays.
  • Summer opening hours (July-August). M-Sa 9AM-noon and 3PM-7PM. Su 9AM-noon.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

From Paris : 655 km / 6:20

From Lyon: 190 km / 2:10

From Geneva: 174 km / 2:00

From Valencia: 220 km / 2:20

From Grenoble : 118 km / 1:20

From Brittany : about 1000 km / 11:00

By plane[edit]

Bozel is located near 4 International airports:

  • Geneva Cointrin Airport [3] (151 km / 2:00)
  • Lyon Saint Exupéry [4] (193 km / 2:15)
  • Grenoble-Isère [5] (118 km / 1:15)

By train[edit]

  Bozel is 15 minutes away from the railway station of Moûtiers.

By bus[edit]

Bus Station in Moûtiers [6], [7], : 04 79 22 13 78

  • Regular Line T6 Moutiers / Bozel / Champagny / Pralognan la Vanoise. From mid-April to 19 December: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 07h15 / Tuesday at 09h35
    • Moutiers/Bozel. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 17.55

Get around[edit]

File:Plan bozel.jpg
Map of Bozel

By car[edit]

Garage Picon / Renault : 04 79 55 03 31 Garage "Vanoise Automobile" / Peugeot : 04 79 22 01 54

By taxi[edit]

  • Alps Faoro Services: 04 79 22 77 63 / 06 16 90 10 78
  • Taxi Dunand (Champagny): O6 11 40 52 53
  • Poirel Taxi: 06 07 11 12 73
  • Taxis Rachel (Villemartin): 04 79 22 04 64 / 06 09 85 39 63


South of Bozel[edit]

  • The Dent du Villard (2284 m) provides a good example of erosion in gypsum and its watershed is home to numerous species of alpine flora. Gentian, columbine, rhododendrons, anemone, clematis, and even Soldanelles Heather Snow, who announced the end of winter, or the Sabot de Venus, a rare and protected flower. Finally cyclamen blooms from July and is mature in August.

Nearby are the largest ski areas in the world.

East of Bozel[edit]

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The Grand Bec

You can see the facade of the Grand Bec (3400 m), the Vanoise National Park [8], and the littles towns of Champagny en Vanoise] and Pralognan La Vanoise.

West of Bozel[edit]

Enjoy the Spa of Brides-les-Bains [9]

Visit the Capital of Tarentaise, Moûtiers.

North of Bozel[edit]

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Lachenal, one of the hamlets of Bozel

There are many hamlets, each with its own chapel and originality: Villemartin, Tincave, Les Mollinets, Le Râtelard, Lachenal, La Cour, Les Monts, Mirabozon.

The higher you climb, the closer the Mount Jovet (2552 M).


In the winter[edit]

Alpine skiing / skiing / snowshoe / toboggan / ski-touring / Snowboard ...

Bozel is an Ideal base camp for a ski getaway in one of the nearby ski resorts:

The Bozel Tourist Office sells ski passes of The 3 Vallées and Courchevel, that you can reach by a free shuttle (back and forth), in one quarter of an hour.

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MAp of Bozel
  • Nordic ski or sled. Free access around the lake Bozel if snow conditions permit.
  • Ski-hiking above Bozel

In the summer[edit]

A true Savoyard village, lively all year, Bozel is the ideal base for family outings, the quiet little trip ...or the great hike!

Two or tribe, everyone can find its account here: Pathways of Baroque, hamlets clinging to the sunny side of the mountain of Savoyard life, contemplative vistas of the Vanoise Massif, walking or relaxing ... One is spoiled for choice.

Leisures in Bozel
  • Water area : baywatch every day from 01/07 to 31/08 (12.00/18.00). Free. Bar du Lac, opened from 01/07 to 31/08. Pedalo rental at the Bar du Lac

Rock climbing.

3 tennis courts - rentals per hour with the Bozel Tourist Office [14]

Playground- free access : Basketball, football, handball ...

Picnic - Tables / 2 barbecue

Landing area /paragliding

Inflatable structure for children, all the afternoons (extra charge) - possibility of leasing the structure for birthdays.

Walk on the loop Le Chevelu", or just stroll around the pond.


Daily fishing passes available at the Bar-Restaurant Le Saint Roch (04 79 22 09 88) in Bozel (Association of Licensed Fishing and protection of aquatic The Gaule Tarine)

Recall departmental regulations: 6 fish per fisherman per day during the authorized period.

Small rides round Bozel ...

Le Chemin des Vignes (easy - 4h CA)

Exit Bozel past the Chapel of Saint Barbe, and follow the path that leads to the balcony until La Saulce above Bridesle Bains.

For the disabled: until Le Ruisseau de la Roche

The Loop of Hamlets (easy - 2H)

Climb to the top of Bozel, above the Sarazine Tower, and take a right onto the marked trailhead.

Follow the direction of Villemartin, then the Ratelard, and finally Les Mollinets.

Maybe largest Walks ?!

The Mount of War - Mont de la Guerre (4 h CA)

Fit by car to the village of Tincave. On leaving the village, walk on the path leading in turn to Le Châtelard, The Duy, then to Mont de la Guerre.

Mount Jovet Panorama (2558 m)

Mountain Trail Jovet by the Bois de la Cour (1550 m) - technically easy but tiring: 6 hours / high altitude.

Mount by car to the hamlet of La Cour (Parking at the exit of the hamlet, 5 minutes near the torrent). Return on foot in the center of the village and follow the path marked out to the refuge of Mount Jovet. There is then a last effort (45 min) to provide to admire a magnificent panorama (with a clear view of Mont Blanc Massif).

Mountain Trail Jovet by Le Bois des Perrières - less time: 3:00, but more challenging.

Park the car near the torrent after the hamlet of La Cour. From there, take the marked path on the left bank until the refuge of Mount Jovet

By car .. But not in camper!

In Bozel, take the road of Villemartin, then climb up mountains, By the hamlet La Cour ; from La Cour, the road becomes a dirt road over 20 km

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The Refuge of Mount Jovet

You then come to the Refuge of Mount Jovet, where you can eat, or sleep ... You can eventually walk up to the "Signal", that is to say the summit Mount Jovet, which can, on clear days, enjoy a 360 °, with Mont Blanc in the distance.

This can be done in half an hour, but it can be hard on those who are not used to walk in the (high) mountains. Some passages may seem staggering, and you must pay attention to small children, both uphill and downhill. When considering a picnic up there (experience for small and large), remember to dress warmly!

Accommodation and meals by reservation with the Mountain Refuge of Mount Jovet in the summer from the 15/06 to the 15/09, [15], Tel: 04 79 55 03 77

Tours and Detours in the Vanoise National Park [16]

Bozel is a good starting point for many walks on long distance trails in the Vanoise National Park :


if you walk on the "heart" of the Park, rules must be respected, otherwise fine: do not pick flowers, fruits, Minerals / do not disturb the tranquility of the area / no dogs, even leashed / no camping or camp, except near the Refuges / no fire / down wastes, even at a crossing refuge / no paragliding or mountain biking (except a few tracks allowed)

You can improve the discovery, stopping for a meal or sleep in a refuge of Vanoise [17].

Leisure Aquatic

Leisure in Bozel

Baywatch, free access, fishing, walking, pedalo, playground, bar-restaurant: 04 79 55 03 77

Courchevel / Lac de La Rosiere

fishing, discovery trail, picnic, bar.

Courchevel / Lac du Praz

fishing, games, bar-restaurant.


Brides Les Bains: 04 79 55 23 24

Champagny: 04 79 22 06 75

Courchevel 1550: 04 79 08 14 51

Doucy Combelouviere : 04 79 24 45 72

Pralognan La Vanoise: 04 79 08 74 88

La Tania: 04 79 08 40 40


angling, flyfishing... in "Dorons", torrents or mountain lakes.

Daily fishing passes available at the Bar-Restaurant Le Saint Roch Bozel [discount for children under 18 years - offered by the Gaule tarine for children under 12 years - providing a picture of identity]. Information on opening dates with the Association of Licensed Fishing and protection of aquatic the Gaule Tarine - 6 fish per day per fisherman.

Heritage and Culture[edit]

Saracen Tower A bit of history Built in the 12th century, this tower bailey is first occupied by the lords Rouge, close to the Counts of Savoy and the Archbishop of Moutiers. The Tour will also the 13th century property and residence of the bishops of Tarentaise.

This tower is called'Saracen, like many others in Savoie, evidence that the violent incursions of Spanish pirates in the 9th and 10th centuries have left an enduring memory in the collective memory. But Saracens'orMoorishreally have nothing to do with the construction of this tower.

'The Tower,an exhibition'

Permanent exhibition in free / free temporary exhibition

Permanent exhibition: Life and Traditions of the Valley of Bozel, from the Neolithic to the present.

Tour the 17/07/10 and 07/08/10 by a guide licensed by the FACIM [18].

The Baroque paths pass through its seven hamlets and Bozel Chapel of Our Lady of All Powers

Sainte Barbe Chapel

Church St. François de Sales

Pathways of Baroque

Heritage rural villages Bozel

The Mounts, The Court, Mirabozon, Lachenal, Tincave, The Râtelard, Villemartin the Mollinets, Les Moulins.


Brides Les Bains / Le Doron

Champagny / The Rhodo

Pralognan La Vanoise / Park

Moutiers / Rex



Eight at Eight: 04 79 55 03 67

Spar: 04 79 55 02 14


H. Bonjean: 04 79 55 01 77

Favre: 04 79 55 03 45


Caprice: 04 79 22 08 36

The Grignetta: 04 79 55 02 63

Caterer Petit Marmiton: 04 79 06 19 13

Vins de Savoie-product

Cave of Miracles: 04 79 22 19 03


The Galetas [19]: 04 79 55 03 76


The Cage O Sport [20]: 04 79 55 00 39

Outlet: 04 79 07 09 87

Thomasport [21]: 04 79 22 01 01


Tuesday: Moutiers (day) / Pralognan la Vanoise (day)

Wednesday: Brides les Bains (morning)

Thursday: Bozel (morning, small market)

Friday: Moutiers (morning) / Pralognan la Vanoise (day)

Only the market Moûtiers held throughout the year. The others are held in season only.

Local products In the Planay Villard, minutes Bozel, you can taste the famous Packers Guy Gros [22] (diots, hams), but also the equally famous cheeses Ritord (Beaufort, serac, toma).

Banks Crédit Agricole: 04 79 44 60 08 Banque de Savoie: 04 79 55 01 08


Blue Cross 04 79 55 00 66

The Saint-Roch 04 79 22 09 88

The Pizzeria Bonrieu 04 79 22 05 46

The Saracen Tower Pizzeria 04 79 55 00 05


Vanoise Coffee 04 79 22 09 14

Bistrot 04 79 06 25 38



  • Chalet de la Yodine [23], in Feissons on Salins (10km Bozel): 04 79 24 24 34, a guesthouse.
  • Hôtel de la Place [24], 2 stars, 04 79 55 01 14, 17 soundproofed rooms / TV / phone / bar


  • Camping Le chevelu [25]. 150 cars / tents, caravans, campervans / animations and outdoor activities. 04 79 22 04 80 (summer) - 06 68 93 24 16 (except summer)
  • Laur'Eco Holidays [26] - equipped rental caravans equipped, 04 50 77 73 11

Vacation rentals[edit]

Both summer and winter accommodations are offered for rent in furnished rentals accredited by the Tourist Office. Each lease has a label that promotes facilities.

Stay healthy[edit]

General Practitioners / radiology

Medical Office Dr. Kerrien and Portugal: 04 79 22 09 08

Surgery and Dr. Jay Margiela: 04 79 22 03 08


Office Nurse: 04 79 22 03 12


E. Haicour: 04 79 22 09 22


G. Dravet: 06 50 30 09 47


C. Caquineau-Thiel: 04 79 06 52 91


L. Gastini: 04 79 00 27 34


Medical Office: 04 79 22 11 03

D. Demargne: 04 79 22 83 88

Veterinary Office

B. Chavoutier: 04 79 22 09 51


Pharmacy Vanoise: 04 79 22 19 20

drugstore: 3915

Stay safe[edit]

Firefighters: 18

UAS: 15

emergency number from Mobile: 112


Hall Bozel: 04 79 55 03 06

Post Office: 04 79 55 00 70

Gendarmerie: 04 79 22 00 17

Public Library: 04 79 22 67 52

Catholic Worship'

Religious service Sunday at 11 am, Church of St. Francis de Sales

Areas dedicated to the Internet Office of Tourism, the bar-restaurant Le Bistrot St Roch.

Carey's Déchetterie': 04 79 55 35 23

Business hours

Off-winter: 07.30 / 12.00 - 14.00 / 17.30, Monday to Friday. 08.00 to 12.00 on Saturday.

Winter: 08.00 / 12.00 - 14.00 / 17.30, Monday to Friday. 08.00 to 12.00 on Saturday.


A weather broadcast is posted each morning at the Bozel Tourism Board office, and a newsletter on snow science (the study of snow characteristics, and thus of potential avalanche) is available every day.


  • Public phone : Post Office
  • Internet Cafe : St Roch Cafe / the Bistrot / Bozel tourist Office (extra charge)

Get out[edit]

You can get out of Bozel and enjoy visiting Grenoble, in the french department of Isere. You can also visit many other nice places all around the Savoie, or Haute Savoie : Annecy is quite amazing, and ofcourse, you have to go to Chamonix, and climb the Mont Blanc !... Maybe you'll prefer to take the Aiguille du Midi cable car, one of the highest cable cars in the world.



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