Situated a few kilometres from Annemasse and Geneva, the mountain of Les Voirons is a great hiking destination, with a wealth of cultural heritage to offer. Nature is abundant here and you're see a remarkable diversity of wildlife as you go.
LES VOIRONS MASSIF: NATURE AND CULTURAL HERITAGE
Les Voirons has an area of over 950 hectares listed as a Natura 2000 site, and is very rich in heritage. This massif is also considered to be a major habitat for the lynx.
Les Voirons is home to a wide variety of other animals too, of course, such as the fire-bellied toad.
There's a great diversity of plant life here as well, which makes the place a great favourite with botanists. Very rare specimens can indeed be found in Les Voirons, such as the lady's-slipper orchid and the Dianthus superbus.
LES VOIRONS, HOT COMPETITION FOR LE SALÈVE
Although the Les Voirons massif is much better known for forestry than for hiking, it is in fact a dream hiking destination.
It's just as good, if not better, than Le Salève, and its summit rises to an altitude of 1480 metres. Just like Le Salève, Les Voirons boasts numerous marked hiking trails, including the recently added routes of Pralère and Signal des Voirons.
The Grande Randonnée (GR) route along the "Balcon du Léman", a trail for advanced hikers, also passes through Les Voirons.
And finally, for the most energetic, there's the option of cycling all the way around Les Voirons massif. This "Tour des Voirons" circuit is rated red (hard), but offers magnificent views, especially as you take on the Col de Saxel.
LES VOIRONS: FRENCH FOR "SEE ALL AROUND"
Legend has it that this mountain was named for its stunning panoramic views: "voir rond" means "to see all around" in French. You can, indeed, see all the way to the Alps from this massif in the Alpine foothills.
Nowhere but in Les Voirons can you admire such a wide panorama, sweeping across the whole of Lake Geneva, the Jura mountain chain, the Mont Blanc, the Vallée Verte and also the mountains of Giffre and Aravis.