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Courmayeur is a prestigious Italian resort that offers ski trails for both beginners and professional athletes. Every year, numerous guests visit this marvelous winter resort to enjoy a vacation here. In the opinion of many, this region is incredibly beautiful, and picturesque local nature invokes a feeling of peace, harmony, and serenity in the hearts of guests. Courmayeur is present in many postcards with popular Italian destinations. Thanks to the mountains that surround the resort, the weather in Courmayeur is always windless. There are no avalanches and storms at the resort, so this area is perfectly suitable for winter holidays. Needless to say, there are always many foreign guests in Courmayeur.
The valley, in which Courmayeur is situated, is at the foot of Mont Blanc. The history of the resort started in the 18th century. This is when first mineral springs were discovered at the territory of the modern resort. Numerous locals and foreign guests have proved the healing power of the springs since that time. The Royal Savoy family also heard about that. Having visited the resort, they decided to move to Courmayeur. Later, the region became a shelter for many aristocrats and members of noble families.
The Association of Mountain Expeditors was launched in the mountain resort in 1850. After this, local people called Courmayeur “gem of the Alps”. Members of the association accompanied celebrities and nobles in expeditions and ascension to the mountain tops. The resort started developing fast, and its popularity was increasing. Foreigners from different parts of the world come here to spend a vacation or a weekend at this prestigious resort. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Are you an average skier? Courmayeur is an ideal destination for you because the majority of ski routes are suitable for advanced skiers, but professionals and masters will find them too simple. Naturally, experienced mountain skiers will find suitable routes, but their number is not so big. The main skiing area is conventionally divided into two parts – Checrouit, which is situated in the north-east of the resort and features moderate ski trails, and Val Veny, the north-west of the resort with “black” slopes.
Life doesn’t stop in Courmayeur even at night. If you enjoy skiing alone after sunset, there is a special night ski trail. This trail has quality illumination, so you don’t need to worry about your safety. Is mountain holiday a synonym for snowboarding for you? Courmayeur has special areas where snowboarders can polish and enhance their skills. It is also possible to participate in interesting competitions.
Besides skiing, all guests of this popular mountain resort are welcome to attend a spa center that works all year round. Named Thermes de Pré Saint Didier, this popular spa is situated five kilometers from Courmayeur. This is an excellent area to relax after extensive skiing and simply enjoy the beauty of the Mont Blanc area. All visitors can try various healing treatments in hot baths and drink juices or herbal teas. To the service of visitors, there is also a sauna, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and artificial waterfalls.
There are many restaurants and cafes in Courmayeur, and so everyone can easily find something suitable. Many locals and guests of the town enjoy visiting the American bar. This bar is a great place to visit with friends, listen to pleasant music or dance. If you don’t know what to order, consider trying Piadina, thin Italian flatbread with cheese and Prosciutto dry-cured ham. If you pay your attention to various sports events, you will find it interesting to watch competitions broadcasted in the bar. The venue becomes quite crowded in the evening because people come to listen to live music.
Tourists interested in sightseeing can visit the Museum of the Alps that was launched in 1919 by the order of the Duke of the Abruzzi. The popular educational center was opened during the celebration of the Association of Tour Guides’ 150th anniversary. The museum’s décor reflects the style and peculiarities of that period. Nowadays, it exhibits photographs and several displays that tell more about the launch of the resort.
It is possible to get to Courmayeur from the nearby town of Pré-St-Didier. There are three daily trains from Aosta to this town. After that, you will need to take a bus from Pré-St-Didier to Courmayeur. You will reach the resort within half an hour. It is also possible to take a direct bus to Courmayeur from Aosta. The ride will last approximately one hour in this case. Besides that, there are buses that depart from Turin and Milan. In this case, the journey time will be roughly three and a half hours.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Courmayeur
♥   Castle 'Arvier Castle' Arvier, 18.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Introd Castle' Introd, 20.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Châtel-Argent' Villeneuve, 21.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Saint-Pierre Castle' Saint-Pierre, 22.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Sarriod de la Tour Castle' Saint-Pierre, 22.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Courmayeur
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale del Gran Paradiso' , 41.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Massif des Bauges' , 65.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Haut-Jura' , 100.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Chartreuse' , 103.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   World Heritage Site 'Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch' , 113.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Courmayeur from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Niouc Bridge

From the series “Thrilling Points for Bungee Jumping”
Thanks to the fortifications built in 1996, the bridge is no longer rocked by the wind, so you can jump out of altitude in the most comfortable conditions. Niouc is the highest peak in Switzerland, making it a place of interest for the world. The price for Freifall, which takes 4 seconds, is quite high and makes more than 200 USD. It should be noted that the platform for Bunjee jumping is open only at the daytime. … Read further

Chateau de Chillon

From the series “Impressive Castles and Palaces Located on Water”
The large castle is located on the rock, which rises above the lake of Geneva. Originally the castle was of great strategic importance and served as a control point on the way to the St. Bernard Pass. The latter, on its part, was the important part of the only road connecting South and North Europe. Over the centuries the deep lake protected the castle from the sudden attack. Today, thousands of people come to graze in the wonderful landscapes and watch the wonderful castle. … Read further
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