1 Rhone Route
1 Rhone Route

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Rhone Route

Stage 4, Sierre–Martigny

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Rhone Route

The capital Sion shows its historic castles, churches and mansions. The lower Rhonetal is dominated by the high-alpine scenery of the Dents du Midi. A world of fertile fruit orchards and vineyards.
In Sierre, there’s time for one last look towards the Val d’Anniviers with its pretty little hillside villages including Vercorin, Chandolin, St-Luc and Vissoie. The route continues straight to the river, where «la Navisence» flows into «le Rhône». There are plenty of small sandbanks for a cooling dip in summer. The ride along the river is leisurely and offers a magnificent view of the vineyards. Other attractions include the small, turquoise «Lac de la Brèche» and the «Pouta Fontana» marshland, a nesting and recreation area for 160 species of birds.

The pace is a little less restful in Sion: the cantonal capital with its two towering rock bastions of Valère and Tourbillon has an infectious Mediterranean flair. Situated between the airport and the river, «Les Iles» are a group of small bathing lakes where Rhone Route cyclists are sure to have fun. One thing they’ll enjoy rather less is the legendary Valais headwind. The better the weather, the stronger it blows up the valley, especially in the afternoon. Beside the Rhone in Aproz stands the headquarters of the eponymous mineral water company, «Aproz Sources Minérales SA». Rooks have built their nests in some of the trees, surrounded by larches, poplars, birches, wild cherry trees and hops. The latter are so common in Lower Valais, you might almost think it was a beer-making region. However, the rich crops of apricots, apples, pears, peaches, cherries, strawberries, asparagus and, of course, grapes soon make it clear that this is a «valley of fertile orchards and vineyards». This will become even clearer in the evening, over a fine «Cornalin de Vétroz».

The outskirts of Martigny are surprisingly full of modern shopping centres. On arrival in «rue des Follaterres», cyclists will be enchanted by the old wooden bridge and the 13th century castle ruin of La Bâtiaz. Those with enough energy left in the evening despite the Rhone wind can take a walk to the Fondation Pierre Gianadda, famous far and wide. Less than 200 metres from the Roman amphitheatre, it exhibits works by Rodin, Miro, Chagall and other artists.
The capital Sion shows its historic castles, churches and mansions. The lower Rhonetal is dominated by the high-alpine scenery of the Dents du Midi. A world of fertile fruit orchards and vineyards.
In Sierre, there’s time for one last look towards the Val d’Anniviers with its pretty little hillside villages including Vercorin, Chandolin, St-Luc and Vissoie. The route continues straight to the river, where «la Navisence» flows into «le Rhône». There are plenty of small sandbanks for a cooling dip in summer. The ride along the river is leisurely and offers a magnificent view of the vineyards. Other attractions include the small, turquoise «Lac de la Brèche» and the «Pouta Fontana» marshland, a nesting and recreation area for 160 species of birds.

The pace is a little less restful in Sion: the cantonal capital with its two towering rock bastions of Valère and Tourbillon has an infectious Mediterranean flair. Situated between the airport and the river, «Les Iles» are a group of small bathing lakes where Rhone Route cyclists are sure to have fun. One thing they’ll enjoy rather less is the legendary Valais headwind. The better the weather, the stronger it blows up the valley, especially in the afternoon. Beside the Rhone in Aproz stands the headquarters of the eponymous mineral water company, «Aproz Sources Minérales SA». Rooks have built their nests in some of the trees, surrounded by larches, poplars, birches, wild cherry trees and hops. The latter are so common in Lower Valais, you might almost think it was a beer-making region. However, the rich crops of apricots, apples, pears, peaches, cherries, strawberries, asparagus and, of course, grapes soon make it clear that this is a «valley of fertile orchards and vineyards». This will become even clearer in the evening, over a fine «Cornalin de Vétroz».

The outskirts of Martigny are surprisingly full of modern shopping centres. On arrival in «rue des Follaterres», cyclists will be enchanted by the old wooden bridge and the 13th century castle ruin of La Bâtiaz. Those with enough energy left in the evening despite the Rhone wind can take a walk to the Fondation Pierre Gianadda, famous far and wide. Less than 200 metres from the Roman amphitheatre, it exhibits works by Rodin, Miro, Chagall and other artists.
44 km
Asphalted: 41 km
Natural surface: 3 km
120 m | 180 m
easy

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Sierre/Siders
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Hints

Hint
Beware: in good weather a strong wind blows up the valley in the afternoon in the Valais.

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Family cycling tours
The section between Bex and Villeneuve (27 km) is especially recommended with children.
To the Family tour Rhone

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Martigny
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Services

Accommodation

Castel de Daval
Castel de Daval
Sierre
Hotel de la Poste
Hotel de la Poste
Sierre
Le gîte de Briey
Le gîte de Briey
Chalais
Chalet Diognysos bed + breakfast
Chalet Diognysos bed + breakfast
Crans-Montana
B & B La Forge de Diogne
B & B La Forge de Diogne
Crans-Montana
Guesthouse Petit Pré
Guesthouse Petit Pré
St-Léonard
Auberge de Jeunesse Sion
Auberge de Jeunesse Sion
Sion
Chambres d’Hôtes les Cerisiers
Chambres d’Hôtes les Cerisiers
Turin (Salins)
Hôtel du Rhône
Hôtel du Rhône
Sion
Ranch des Maragnènes
Ranch des Maragnènes
Sion
TCS Camping Sion
TCS Camping Sion
Sion
Chambres d’hôtes B&B de la Madeleine
Chambres d’hôtes B&B de la Madeleine
Vétroz
Camping du Botza
Camping du Botza
Vétroz
Restaurant et Camping de la Sarvaz
Restaurant et Camping de la Sarvaz
Saillon
Hotel Alpes & Rhône
Hotel Alpes & Rhône
Martigny
Martigny Boutique Hôtel
Martigny Boutique Hôtel
Martigny
TCS Camping Martigny
TCS Camping Martigny
Martigny
Hôtel-Pension Beau-Site
Hôtel-Pension Beau-Site
Chemin
Rêves Gourmands Hôtellerie & Gastronomie
Rêves Gourmands Hôtellerie & Gastronomie
Vernayaz
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Bookable offers

1 Rhone Route
1 Rhone Route
1 Rhone Route: Stroll Tour
1 Rhone Route: Stroll Tour
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Places

Sierre, Salgesch et environs
Sierre, Salgesch et environs
Vercorin
Vercorin
Sion
Sion
Veysonnaz
Veysonnaz
Nendaz
Nendaz
La Tzoumaz
La Tzoumaz
Ovronnaz
Ovronnaz
Saillon
Saillon
Martigny
Martigny
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Places of interest

Pfyn-Finges Nature Park
Pfyn-Finges Nature Park
Valais Wine and Vine Museum
Valais Wine and Vine Museum
Abenteuerpark Fun Forest Crans-Montana
Abenteuerpark Fun Forest Crans-Montana
Val de Réchy
Val de Réchy
Irrigation Channel Museum
Irrigation Channel Museum
The underground lake of Saint-Léonard
The underground lake of Saint-Léonard
Valère and Tourbillon
Valère and Tourbillon
Cow Fighting Competitions
Cow Fighting Competitions
Lucky-Luke Treasure Hunt
Lucky-Luke Treasure Hunt
Vigne et Passerelle à Farinet
Vigne et Passerelle à Farinet
Musée de la Fausse Monnaie
Musée de la Fausse Monnaie
Fondation Pierre Gianadda
Fondation Pierre Gianadda
Barryland
Barryland
La Bâtiaz Castle
La Bâtiaz Castle
The Gorges of Durnand
The Gorges of Durnand
The Trient Gorge
The Trient Gorge
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Swimming

Outdoor Swimming Pool Lac de Géronde
Outdoor Swimming Pool Lac de Géronde
"Guillamo" indoor swimming pool in Siders
Municipal swimming pool in Grône
Municipal swimming pool in Grône
Outdoor pool Blancherie in Sitten
Outdoor pool Blancherie in Sitten
Outdoor pool Sitterie in Sitten
Outdoor pool Sitterie in Sitten
Indoor swimming pool de l'Ancien Stand Sion
Indoor swimming pool de l'Ancien Stand Sion
Veysonnaz indoor swimming pool
Veysonnaz indoor swimming pool
Outdoor pool in Nendaz
Outdoor pool in Nendaz
Thermal Baths Ovronnaz
Thermal Baths Ovronnaz
Bains de Saillon
Bains de Saillon
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