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Les bords de l'Arve - De Gaillard à Arthaz

Walking/pedestrian in Annemasse

19.4 km
Walking/pedestrian
2h 30min
Easy
  • This walk along the Arve offers both walkers and mountain bikers a moment of relaxation and discovery of local fauna and flora as well as magnificent viewpoints of the massif du Salève

    During this walk you'll come across beavers, little grebes, reed buntings and other rare birds that come to nest in these woods. With the lakes and islands on the other side of the river, you can discover a nature reserve that has been designated a biotope. Further along, after passing the bridge at...
    This walk along the Arve offers both walkers and mountain bikers a moment of relaxation and discovery of local fauna and flora as well as magnificent viewpoints of the massif du Salève

    During this walk you'll come across beavers, little grebes, reed buntings and other rare birds that come to nest in these woods. With the lakes and islands on the other side of the river, you can discover a nature reserve that has been designated a biotope. Further along, after passing the bridge at Étrembières and then going past the attractive "Jardin des Iris" and the Grand Casino, you'll take the wooded path to Creuse and then cross the footbridge over the Menoge which links the municipalities of Bétraz-Monthoux and Arthaz. A few minutes later you'll enjoy a lovely view of the river.
  • Documentation

    GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)
  • Accepted customers

    • Individuals
Points of interest
1 Bois de Vernaz
‘Le Bois de Vernaz’ on the banks of the river Arve is a natural, wooded location offering walkers and mountain bikers a place in which to spend some time relaxing and discovering the local fauna and flora.<br/>‘Le Bois de Vernaz’ is a natural area of interest for ecology, flora and fauna. It has been subject to important forest management in order to ensure its sustainability. The wood has been given an educational role with the creation of a hiking trail and the erection of several information panels.
2 Île aux Castors
Témoin de l’ancien aspect tressé de l’Arve, le torrent présente sur Gaillard un bras au niveau du Bois de la Châtelaine. C’est ainsi qu’une île trône fièrement dans un méandre de l’Arve.<br/>Elle a été baptisée "île aux Castors" car elle abrite une famille de castors, cet étonnant rongeur. Il utilise les berges pour y creuser sa hutte, dont l'entrée se trouve sous l’eau.
En grande partie boisée l'île propose également de nombreux arbres typiques des ripisylves comme les saules, les peupliers et les aulnes que le castor abat en les taillant en forme de crayons afin de manger l'écorce des jeunes branches.
Le boisement abrite également une multitude d'oiseaux qui viennent trouver nourriture et refuges sur l'île (geai des chênes, pic épeiche, sitelle torchepot...). Les bancs de galets où s'immisce le sable fin sont une aubaine pour les oiseaux de bord de rivière.
On peut y observer notamment le cincle plongeur et les bergeronnettes qui pondent leurs œufs entre les galets.
3 L'Arvi
Come to the Arvi restaurant and enjoy traditional dishes that are no longer found elsewhere, and are one of the reasons this place has such a good reputation!<br/>You will also discover in the "salad bowls", named after a time when you only had to cross the street, a selection of new but ever so tasty creations inspired by the regions of France and further afield! As one of the restaurant's faithful customers recalled: At the Arvi, it is true when you go there you're delighted, and when you leave ... you want to go back again!!
4 La Yourte Restaurant
Come and discover our region's flavours, classic dishes, vegetarian dishes and also our original creations!<br/>Our aim is to offer a seasonal cuisine which is both traditional and modern. We favour local producers who are passionate about their produces. Wines are selected using the prestigious Bettane + Desseauve wine guide and the members of the Mercure Wine Club. We also offer regional wines.
To make it easier to taste them, we offer several different glass sizes.
It couldn’t be more simple, just choose your wine and the quantity you would like!
5 Mercure Annemasse Porte de Genève
Ideally located for your business trips or holidays, close to Geneva, its airport and its Exhibition Centre, as well as ski resorts, all in a lush green setting, welcome to the Mercure Annemasse Porte de Genève hotel.<br/>79 air-conditioned rooms, including 11 Comfort rooms and 10 Privilege rooms, fully renovated. Come and experience our new "Privilege" rooms: bed with mattress overlay, memory foam pillows, dressing gown, slippers, Nespresso coffee machine, iHome docking station, mini bar with free soft drinks. The Restaurant La Yourte, with its terrace beside the pool, is open 7 days a week and serves traditional cuisine and also regional dishes. To make your arrival easier, our large, enclosed private car park is available for your use free of charge.
An ideal place to stop off on your way to the ski resorts! 5 meeting rooms can be used for your presentations, seminars and cocktails, and also for your private functions (weddings, birthday and anniversaries etc).
6 Première Classe Annemasse Genève
The rooms in your Annemasse - Gaillard hotel offer you the highest standards of comfort for a pleasant stay with every convenience. The hotel offers warm and comfortable bedrooms for 1, 2 or 3 people upon reservation.<br/>In your Première Classe Hotel in Annemasse, the air-conditioned rooms, available for advance booking, all have an en-suite bathroom with shower and WC, a desk, a flat screen TV and free WiFi access.
Start the day well with our self-service buffet breakfast, served from 6.30am to 10am in the week and 7am to 10am on national holidays. For your children under 10, breakfast is half-price.
Your hotel is ideally located close to the A40 and A41 motorways, Cornavin station and Geneva airport, and within easy reach of a wide choice of nearby restaurants for lunch or dinner!
7 Restaurant du Casino - Le Carré d'As
Set in an elegant décor, the traditional cuisine is refined, creative and seasonal.<br/>Discover a cuisine which will astonish you with its subtle flavours and its original presentation. Much attention is paid to the cuisine, the produce is fresh, and the menu is changed with each season.
The restaurant facilities are within a gaming establishment with slot machines, traditional games, and a bar.
Admittance is only permitted to adults with an identity document and who are not banned from gaming.
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