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The town of Bex in the Rhône valley is one of the gateways of our region, offering an incredible geological and cultural diversity and richness.

The town of Bex in the Rhône valley is one of the gateways of our region, offering an incredible geological and cultural diversity and richness. As you stroll through the heart of the streets of Bex in the sunshine, you’ll discover many buildings with a long history. From the 19th century to the first half of the 20th century, Bex was an important tourist crossroads, its baths and grand hotels being popular holiday locations for many tourists. Underground, white gold was discovered in the 15th century and salt became the centre of the economy of a whole region for a long time. Although still in operation, the salt mines and 15 km of underground tunnels have also become a top tourist destination attracting many visitors today. Visitors can also discover one of the biggest glacial cauldrons in Europe (5 metres in diameter and 8 metres high): the Les Caillettes glacial cauldron. With its extensive and varied territory, the district of Bex has many vineyards covering its mountainsides and visitors can sample the wines created from the harvests of this rich terroir. The Vallon de Nant nature reserve extends over 6 km to the source of the Avançon. During the summer season, these mountain pastures are the starting point of many footpaths, with several treks, such as the Tour des Muverans, passing through. La Thomasia in Pont de Nant is one of the canton’s botanical gardens with nearly 3,000 species of alpine plants.  The beautiful Solalex, Anzeinde and Bovonne mountain pastures are a perfect natural setting for fabulous days out, including picnics, river swims, walks and a chance to meet the local herds of cows. The Miroir de l’Argentine is a legendary wall in the world of climbing, the best views of this limestone slab being from Solalex.   The triennial contemporary sculpture exhibition, Bex & Arts, has been held in the superb Szilassy park since 1981 and has now become an unmissable national artistic event.

Once covered in snow, the Solalex pasture offers beautiful and easy walks for the whole family and a regularly marked Nordic ski circuit; an enchanting setting for your sports session. The Vallon de Nant is just as magical in the whiteness of winter. An inn nestled in the heart of the valley welcomes you with an open fire and a sitting area.

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Bex, a history to be discovered

Nathalie Racheter

The Bex vineyard

Office du Tourisme de Bex

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