this is a lovely spot right at the head of the Giffre valley in the French Alps, and just a few metres from the Swiss border - the ring of high mountains making a vast natural amphitheatre with many waterfalls descending into the valley and merging into the main river the Giffre - this was pretty fast and white even in summer so must be spectacular in spring.
we did circular walk from car park/info centre/cafe to the head of the river at Fond de la Combe- fairly flat path but some steeper climbs and rocky bits so need stout shoes - about 5 kms long which took us about 3 hours inc lots of stops for photos + a picnic
need to go over a wooden plank and rope bridge half way round to cross the river or you can retrace your steps if you don't like heights/wobbly bridges
lots of places for picnics or can just sit near and enjoy the cool spray from the waterfalls - not a lot of shade in summer
2 cafes - one at start and one about a quarter of the way around - didn't try food at all as we just needed cold drinks (as there is a captive audience prices are slightly higher than normal)
can also do pony trekking from here but we didn't try that
quite a busy place with lots of local and foreign visitors (as it's in most guide books it seems to be quite a magnet) but still a very beautiful and unspoiled place
not really suitable for those with baby buggies or wheelchairs
info boards some of the way round with info about geology/wildlife
more energetic can go further and higher from here and climb into mountains
a small charge to park - 3 euros
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