The charms of Verbier
The Swiss resort of Verbier, located high up in the municipality of Bagnes, is one of the best known ski destinations in Europe. It featured as the finish line in a Top Gear race some years ago, and is also a popular winter retreat for several members of the British, Danish and Swedish Royal Families, among others.
As Switzerland’s largest ski resort, Verbier has had long been popular with young, sporty skiers keen to get to grips with the challenging terrain during the day and to embrace the vibrant party scene when night falls. It is a wonderful location for a holiday property, and here is a flavour of what you can expect to get up to in between bumping into members of royalty!
In the town’s immediate vicinity you can access over 400km of ski runs by using the network of just under 100 ski lifts to get around. The terrain is challenging, even for experienced skiers, and there are some of the finest off-piste areas Switzerland has to offer very nearby. The views are nothing short of spectacular and from the resorts highest peak, the 3330m-high Mont Fort, you can see all the way to Mont Blanc and the mighty Matterhorn.
Bars and restaurants
Verbier as a town is choc-full of wonderful places to eat and drink, whether you are looking for a piste-side stop for a snack or a sumptuous evening meal, the local bars and restaurants have you covered.
For those looking for relaxed dining, the Fer a Cheval is the place for you. Highly popular with locals (always a solid endorsement of the food) this is a lively and bright bar-cum-bistro complete with small terrace and a quieter seating area downstairs if you feel the need to escape the bustle. If the gourmet end of the market is more you then either the Cordee des Alpes or La Grange might fit you better. Both are beautifully decorated, welcoming establishments that serve only the very best of Swiss cuisine.
The exciting and testing slopes around Verbier town have led to several spectacular races being run in the area, such as the Verbier High Five and the arduous Patrouille des Glacers, a challenging night time trek of 110km from Zermatt to Verbier. The atmosphere when both events are on is fantastic, making them some of the best moments in the year to come and sample the charm of the town.
Winter isn’t the only time that Verbier is worth a visit. In the summer there are some 400km of accessible hiking trails for the intrepid walker to enjoy and absorb the amazing views that surround them. Some still have a snow covering but are easily accessible, and at this time of the year activities like paragliding and climbing are available.
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