Walking and Hiking around Villars
There is no better place to go walking than Villars and its neighbouring valleys where there are over 300 km of marked trails for all levels of ability. Discover alpine farms and watch cheese being made, wander around the major wine growing areas of Yvorne to Lavey and stop by at various caves along the way for some memorable tastings.
Walk from Villars to mountain lakes and stop for a dip or follow the salt trail in Bex or hike up to memorable look out points with breathtaking panoramas. Discover a wealth of local culture that has existed for centuries and amble through pastures and forests enjoying the incredible lushness, peace and beauty. Villars tourist office has put together detailed plans of the local walks around Villars.
Nordic walking is a great way to enjoy the beauty of the mountains while undertaking beneficial endurance training and an all over body work out.
Conceived in Norway, this sport was initially popular with fitness and cross-country ski enthusiasts who enjoyed working their cardiovascular system outdoors. Today growing numbers of people indulge in this sport that is accessible to anyone regardless of physical condition or age. Equipped with two poles, you can take of to explore stunning trails and scenery.
There are plenty of Nordic walking guides in Villars who can show you the delights of this increasingly popular sport.
The new swimming pool complex in Villars, Les Bains de Villars, has a 25 metre stainless steel pool for general swimming/training and an outdoor recreation pool with massage jets. It is adjacent to the ice rink and bowling and only 5 minutes walk from Chalet Balthazar.
In July and August the outdoor pool and waterslide are opened up and bathers can relax outside and admire the stunning mountain ranges.
Swimming is also possible in the lakes during the warmer months. Take a refreshing dip in ‘Lac des Chavonnes’ at 1,690metres or head down the valley to enjoy the large outdoor pool at Villeneuve with diving boards into the famous ‘Lac Leman’ or ‘Lake Geneva’ as it is often called.
Spa and Wellness in Villars
The new swimming pool/spa complex, Les Bains de Villars, which is located 5 minutes walk from Chalet Balthazar has two saunas (one with a panoramic view of the mountains), two hammams and massage rooms for an authentic Swiss wellness experience. For those looking to indulge in some spa and wellness visits further afield there are several excellent options nearby:
‘Les Bains de Lavey’ are 25 minutes drive from Villars and are well worth a visit as they have the hottest thermal waters in Switzerland. There are two outdoor pools and one indoor in which water temperatures can reach 36 degrees. This is a real oasis of wellbeing with jacuzzis, hammams, saunas, massaging jets, waterfalls, underwater currents, massage beds and a full wellness centre pen 9am to 9pm. The views of the surrounding mountains are stunning and an evening visit after a hard days skiing is highly recommended.
Several hotels in Villars have spas which are open to hotel non-residents. Ask at Villars Tourisme for more details.
Rock Climbing in Villars
There are several opportunities for rock climbing in Villars and the challenging ‘Miroir d’Argentine’ is well known and respected amongst climbing enthusiasts throughout Europe. A breathtaking mix of vertical walls and awesome views, there are a number of memorable and challenging climbs accessed via beautiful Solalex.
For those less brave, there are plenty of opportunities to spectate, climb large boulders or follow the hiking trails nearby. Enquire at the Tourist Office for qualified mountain guides. If the weather is bad you can use the indoor climbing wall at the Sports Centre in Villars village centre.
Local Attractions around Villars
Wine-producing district of Ollon
The wine producing district of Ollon is a short 15 minute drive down the mountain where the south facing slopes enjoy a warm dry climate. There are five distinct zones located in Antagnes, La Roche, Sus-Village, Verschiez and St Triphon where Chasselas, Pinot Noir and Gamay are grown.
Why not take the wine trail through these beautiful terraced vineyards and stop off to sample some of Switzerland’s most delicious wines. You can organize this through Villars Tourist Office
One of Europe’s largest water parks Acqua Parc is only 30 minutes from Villars. Nestled between the mountains and the lake the park offers 15,000 sq m of pure enjoyment for all the family. There are thrilling waterslides, pirate ships, wave machines, restaurants and even a sandy beach.
Between St Maurice and Martigny and a 20 minute drive from Villars is the largest permanent labyrinthe in the world. Overcome obstacles and confront challenges in this extraordinary place that will keep all members of the family entertained for hours!
Mountain Biking in Villars
Villars has over 130km of marked trails available with varying levels of difficulty that will cater for beginners, groups of friends, families and professionals.
From Villars there are trails leading through pretty alpine villages and forests, down into the valley of Bex or Lavey, through the vineyards, past cheese making farms or up steep mountain paths to glorious summits.
For those with less puff you can hook your bike onto the Roc D’Orsay or Gryon telecabine and simply free wheel down again! You can hire bikes on a daily basis for very reasonable prices from several of the sports shops in Villars.
Golf in Villars
Play golf in a unique and beautiful setting at Villars Golf Club. Located at 1,600 metres on a south facing plateau facing the Alps and Mont-Blanc, Villars Golf Club was founded in 1922 and promises all visitors an awe-inspiring round of golf. An impressive Club House is open to members and non-members alike together with a great bar and restaurant with panoramic views.
There is a large driving range, a well equipped Pro Shop, buggies to hire and one of the highest 18 hole courses to enjoy at your leisure.
PGA certified professionals are available and there are week-long programmes for all levels that run from Monday to Friday including 10 hours of group lessons, equipment hire, talks by the pros, green fees, welcome drinks and even a round of golf accompanied by a resident professional.
Tennis & Squash in Villars
Tennis is a popular sport in the mountains and the Centre des Sports in Villars boasts 3 immaculate indoor and 5 outdoor tennis courts with stunning views. Private and group lessons can be arranged in advance with one of several professional coaches who are available. Rackets can be hired if necessary. The well-equipped pro shop next to the bar may come in useful too.
Three squash courts, a large sports hall with a climbing wall, a basketball court and a gym can also be found here. Contact ‘Centre des Sports de Villars’ for more information.
Adventure Sports enthusiasts, both young and old, are well catered for. Whether it’s the thrill of pargliding and skydiving for the dare devils or climbing through Alpine forests on ropes and zipwires for the kids, you won’t be disappointed by the thrills on offer.
Take off from Villars and fly over the mountains of Vaud opposite the amazing panorama of the Mont-Blanc mountain range and the majestic Dents-du-Midi. Villars is located in an impressive amphitheatre of mountains which protect it from prevailing winds, a haven for paragliding enthusiasts.
Flying! The oldest dream of mankind is accessible to all thanks to our free flight schools in Villars, which offer flights in tandem paragliders, Discovery days, Introductory training or complete training to the point of obtaining the Swiss Federal Paraglider pilot’s licence.
Tree Climbing and Zip Wires
More than 100 thrilling activities await you in the woods. This is a new recreational concept in the woods for children and seasoned adventurers. Equipped with a harness, you securely move about among the trees up to a height of 15 metres. Five courses of different degrees of difficulty and two courses for kids guide you through the two hectare ‘Parc-Aventure’ in Aigle 15 mins drive from Villars .