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Plateau des Petites Roches

The Plateau des Petites Roches is well known to hang-gliding enthusiasts, and is the base from which these strange machines take to the skies during the Coupe Icare. It comprises the villages of Saint-Pancrasse, Saint-Hilaire-du-Touvet and Saint-Bernard-du-Touvet. This remarkable site in the Chartreuse Massif, around 30 km from Grenoble and under the benevolent eye of the Dent de Crolles, offers a magnificent panorama of the Belledonne Massif. A hot spot for paragliding, it is also a multi-activity area, with numerous hiking trails. The Dioux trail and waterfall, the Dent de Crolles, as well as other activities such as caving, mountain biking, acrobungy, not forgetting all the sports and leisure activities on offer at the Col de Marcieu.

A multi-access destination

A must for nature lovers and sports enthusiasts alike, the Plateau des Petites Roches overlooking the Grésivaudan valley is accessible in a variety of ways.

Access from Chambéry

On the Chambéry side and from the Grésivaudan valley, access will be from Le Touvet. From there, just follow the D30 for 8 km to reach Saint-Hilaire du Touvet. This mountain road will take you to the Plateau des Petites Roches in 20 minutes, offering magnificent panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and more distant, but nonetheless visible, massifs such as Mont Blanc. Leaving Le Touvet, take a stroll through the remarkable gardens of the Château du Touvet. Although privately owned and inhabited for 500 years by the same family, this medieval castle is open to visitors.

Access from Grenoble

On the Grenoble side, access to the Plateau des Petites Roches via St Nazaire les Eymes is more picturesque, with tunnels cut directly into the Chartreuse rock. Starting from Saint Nazaire les Eymes, you can discover the heritage trail, the Manival torrent and the Craponoz and Pissarote waterfalls.

The Plateau des Petites Roches

A place of treasures

Although far from the Grenoble conurbation and the Grésivaudan valley, the Plateau des Petites Roches is no less interesting. On the contrary! Far from the urbanization and hustle and bustle of the valley, this natural site has much to offer.

First of all, in terms of nature, the beauty of its flora and fauna can be discovered along the many
on the Plateau des Petites Roches.

Afterwards, don’t hesitate to make a gourmet stop. If you have a birthday to celebrate or are looking for a venue for an unforgettable evening, you’ll find plenty of restaurants ready to serve Savoyard and Dauphin specialities. Book at the funicular. Panoramic restaurant on the edge of a cliff, with breathtaking views over the Grésivaudan valley and the Belledonne massif.

Finally, take advantage of your visit to the Plateau des Petites Roches to meet local craftsmen and producers. As well as discovering local handicrafts, you can visit pottery, woodturning and textile workshops, or visit farms and other places where handicrafts are made.