Saint Martin de Belleville, France
Saint-Martin-de-Belleville is a former commune in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in the South Eastern area of France. In January 2016 it was merged into the new commune of Les Belleville, The Saint-Martin-de-Belleville skiing area is part of the Three Valleys that includes the resorts of Les Menuires, Val Thorens, Meribel, Courchevel and La Tania. In total, this area has 600 km of piste runs and the altitude in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville is 3200. This lovely ski resort boasts a whole array of special and very different events that you won’t find in other ski resorts. Saint-Martin-de-Belleville now entices the holiday makers to visit during the summer months too, the three valleys links offer mountain biking and walking. The area is 161.79km2 (62.47 sq miles) a large resort but it retains a beautiful village atmosphere. The population is small with around 3000 inhabitants, as an added bonus with ESF, Saint-Martin-de-Belleville offers a full range of lessons and courses to learn or improve your skiing skills. If coming as a family group, Club Piou Piou takes children from 18 months upwards, so that you can enjoy the 3 Valleys with total peace of mind. The closest airport is Annecy; however the most convenient is Chambery 56.5km away and Geneva airport is a 2-hour 15-minute transfer to the resort. Transfers are efficient and quick by shuttles bus, minibus or private taxis.
There are beautiful churches and chapels dated from the 17th Century. A restored grain mill and a museum dedicated to the heritage of Saint-Martin-de Belleville. Concerts are regularly held ranging from chamber music and small quartets to Christmas carols during the holiday season. Throughout the winter, Saint Martin’s church holds a variety of concerts during après-ski. The ‘Rendez-vous Musicaux des Belleville’ is a village tradition and has hosted prestigious groups from all over Europe (Quatuor Talich, London Concertante, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon etc.) with chamber music, choral and classical singing, and world music.
Wine tasting weeks are popular and children are not forgotten, story times to magic shows and a visit from Father Christmas. There are falconry events and at Christmas time spectacular fireworks. This resort not only offers great skiing but other activities such as snowshoeing and mountain experiences. Take a dog sledge ride and experience the
Nordic adventure with the whole family let a professional and his team of dogs take you on a trip through nature; head along the river taking in the wonderful views and for those special treats night tours are also available. Why not hike on the 28 km of cross-country skiing slopes, whilst taking in the breathtaking scenery of the beautiful Belleville Valley? Situated in the heart of the village, in an ancient Belleville farm, the museum retraces two centuries of the history of La Vallée des Belleville and relates the development of this high altitude community, from the traditional rural civilisation to the Saint-Martin-de Belleville it is today. Rest and relax at the spa and wellness centres. Enjoy one of the many treatments available to renew your energy. Take part in one the yoga classes or visit the sports centre at nearby Les Menuires where you can swim, have a sauna and use the Jacuzzi or indeed indulge in one of the many treatments.
Après ski in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville is the delightful gateway to the fabulous Les 3 Vallées ski area, the village is known for its friendly atmosphere with so much to see and do. It is home to one of the finest restaurants in the French Alps which boast 3 Michelin stars it is particularly the first Savoyard restaurant to have gained the prestigious 3 Michelin stars and the “Fleuron” accreditation.There are numerous restaurants and bars which cater for everyone. Fresh local produce to tantalise the taste buds washed down with an array of French wines, International cuisine is also on the menu and you can dance the night away at nearby Les Menuires. Shopping is varied from ski shops, gift shops and trendy boutiques. Mouth watering bakeries and markets where you can buy all the local produce, fresh bread and varieties of cheeses and meats, fresh fish make eating at home a treat.
This wonderful traditional authentic Savoyard village, with a clock tower, narrow streets and stone and wood-clad farms have retained their charm and character as the resort has developed. It’s a charming location which once visited is never forgotten and that is why it so popular with returning guests, it offers a wonderful lifestyle on and off the slopes!