Nunayak Rafting
Rafting Canyoning Canoe-rafting
Airboat Hydrospeed
Via ferrata in Haute-Savoie
Aprill to october (BASE START)
Le Bellavista
F-74740 Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval
July to August (BASE FINISH)
Résidence Les Rhodos
Avenue du Giffre
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Name Region Department Postcode
Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval Rhône-Alpes Haute-Savoie (74) 74740
Population Area Altitude
712 habitants 11907 hectares 760 mètres


·    Dating from 1144 with the foundation of the Abbey, Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval is ranked among France's most beautiful villages.


Secular architecture

·    Attractions include a 16th century house and the polygonal water basin in the village square. The 17th century former abbey features a hay-loft and presbytery, with a 17th century ceiling to the former refectory.

· The hamlets of Passy and Salvagny, with chalets, chapel and fountains, are also worth visiting.


Religious architecture

·   The 12th-century abbey church of St. Madeleine contains relics of Ponce de Faucigny (1100/1178) and his 19th century tomb; the choir is 13th century, the nave rebuilt in the17th century. The parish church is 17th century.

· There are chapels at Salvagny, with a stone cross, and at Salmoiry (17th-20th century), a pilgrimage site. At the 17th century Chapel of Notre-Dame-des-Grâces, there is a fountain of miraculous repute. There are several oratories, including one at Maison-Neuve.



·    · The abbey sacristy houses a 12th century cross and candlesticks, 14th century mitre and 18th century censer.

· An ecological museum presents the life of the nature reserve.

· At the Chalet du Cirque du Fer à Cheval you can learn about the local flora, fauna and geology, and follow the waymarked paths with interpretative panels.


Sites of interest

·  The Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval Nature Reserve has been a classified site since 1977. Its 9200 hectares include the head of the Giffre valley. The Maison de la Réserve naturelle is a reserve centre.

· The Cirque du Fer-à-Cheval is a natural "circus" surrounded by 700m high cliffs. The many waterfalls run into the Giffre, whose source is located in the mountains above.

· Other waterfalls include the Cascades du Rouget, Cascade de la Saufflaz, Cascade de Pleureuse and Cascade de Sales

· There are panoramic view from the Croix de Commune, from the summit of the Buet and from the path at the Col d'Anterne.

· Other sites include Grand Mont Ruan; the narrow Gorges des Tines, the former path of the Giffre; the Lac de Vogealle; and the Désert de Platé.

· There are glacial areas at the Glaciers du Ruan and du Prazon.


Local produce and resources

·    Mineral resources include iron and marble, which is quarried and dressed. The Désert de Platé contains numerous fossils, which can also be found close to the chalets des Sales.

· Cows, goats and sheep all graze the alpine meadows, and beekeepers produce honey.

· Dairy cooperatives produce milk and the local cheese, tomme de Sixt.


Local events and attractions

Fair on 16 September; festival 22 June.

Linked to the Grand Massif ski area, Sixt itself has 34km of pistes plus 59km of cross-country ski tracks. Winter activities include snowshoe walks and sled dog rides as well as alpine sports and climbing.

Other attractions include waymarked trails for hikers, hunting, fishing, and horse-riding. There are numerous camping spots. Sixt has its own tourist office.

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