By Chris Smith

Tuesday 30th January 2018

Martigny, Switzerland


Martigny is nestled in to the foot hills of the Swiss Alps, 471m above sea level. It is a short drive from Lake Geneva and  ideally suited for cycling being at the junction of roads leading to France, Italy and Switzerland. 


Where to Ride?

Superb roads, unspoilt scenery: Switzerland is a paradise for road cycling. From Martigny, head either up the Grand Saint Bernard Pass towards Italy or up over the Col de la Forclaz to France and the Chamonix valley. Verbier is also easily reached from here and if you fancy a rest day, an easy spin to Lake Geneva is easily doable in the day. 

Where to Stay?

Our pick of the accommodation in Martigny is Motel des Sports. An exceptional Bike Hotel with all the facilities, local knowledge and guides that you can need.

Where to Eat?

You are spoilt for places to eat in and around Martigny. Surrounded by vineyards and orchards, it is famous for its gastronomy which is celebrated at many restaurants. Blessed with the warm Valais sunshine, the region is ideal for growing strawberries, apricots and grapes.

What to do, other than ride?

Other than cycling, take a wine tour of the famous Valais wineries, or take the amazing railway journey to Chamonix. There is also a car museum, St Bernard Dog museum, and the biggest Labyrinth in the world with over 18000 Thuya plants. 

What Climb not to miss?

Don't miss climbing the Grand Saint Bernard Pass

What you didn't know about Martigny?

Cow wrestling – the spectacular fights between the "Queens" of the Heren cattle breed (final round) take place in the Roman amphitheatre (beginning of October).

 

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