This is the second town you come across when heading back up the Lys Valley from Pont-Saint-Martin. Fontainemore is located at an altitude of 760 metres in a delightful setting surrounded by thick forests. The Municipality embraces many well-preserved villages. The symbols of the town are the ancient Medieval hump bridge and the Sant’Antonio parish church.
Points of interest
Old bridge and Sant’Antonio Church
A Medieval hump bridge with a single 22-metre arch takes you to the Sant’Antonio Abate church, whose structure was rebuilt in the 17th century on the ruins of the 1494 structure, which had been damaged by a number of landslides. At the entrance of the bridge, on the other side of the road, you will find an ancient distinctive fountain.
This exciting route in the forest gives you the chance to cross the valley by flying over the Lys stream: 200 m of flight! Everyone can experience this adventure in total safety. There are five routes at different altitudes and with varying levels of difficulty. More than 40 different activities suspended up high and an adventure village for children aged 3 to 6.
A unique ravine carved out by the Lys stream, crossed by a charming stone bridge. This picture-postcard setting was mentioned long ago in guidebooks for 19th-century British tourists.
Difficulty: E-Hiking. Overall time needed: 5 hours Elevation gain: 697 m.
This round route calls at some of Fontainemore’s most picturesque villages, where you can admire the typical architecture, an example of the farming and pastoral culture, and the chapels, symbolising the independence of each hamlet.
Barma pass and refuge
Difficulty: E-Hiking; Starting point: Pillaz; destination: Barma d’Oropa Pass (2271 m). Climb time: 3 hours and 30 minutes; Elevation gain: 1015 m.
A beautiful route taking you deep into the Mont Mars Nature Reserve, past glades, Alpine pastures, screes and lakes, right up to the Pass.
The traditional Procession from Fontainemore to Oropa is held once every 5 years, in the last weekend of July. The whole population is involved in this much-awaited event that has been repeated in virtually the exact same way for over 400 years.
Eunna neuit a Boure de Gris
Flavours, music and celebration are the ingredients of this traditional good food and fine wine evening organised each year on August 12 along the streets of the old quarter of Fontainemore.
Municipality of Fontainemore
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