The Crétillons Arch (Arche de Crétillons in french) is an agrotourism farm located between Sion and Sierre in the commune of Chalais on the foothills of the mountain leading to Vercorin. Existing since 2007, it is a kind of mini-zoo that offers visitors the opportunity to discover the farm animals. The visit will be suitable for small children under 6 years old and the owners ask to pay its consumption as an entrance.
From the motorway coming from Martigny, exit at Sierre Ouest (exit no 23). A large car park is available about 300 metres from the farm.
The Crétillons Arch presents mainly farm animals as well as small birds in aviaries and two brown alpacas.
Granules can be bought in the cafeteria for 3 francs in order to feed the large animals and thus see them more closely.
Animals in the large aviary:
- Laying hens
Animals in small aviaries:
- Araucana chickens
- Dwarf hens
- Red canaries
- Golden pheasants
- Large parakeets
Animaux de la mare:
However, it is regrettable that there is no space where children can pet animals, as it is the case, for example, at the Gavotte’s farm in Lancy in the canton of Geneva.
A cafeteria selling snacks and drinks consists of an indoor area and a large terrace with parasols. From the terrace, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Rhône valley and its vineyards.
Two trails are available for walkers.
- A short looped walk starting from the cafeteria of the Crétillons Arch and going up a few hundred meters the Ricard’s bisse. This bisse takes its water from the Navisence River in the Riccard Gorges below the Niouc suspension bridge.
Ricard’s bisse just before the return to Crétillons Arch.
- A didactic trail begins from the start of the Chalais cable car and ends at the Crétillons Arch. This is trail number 2 of a beautiful site that lists 13 trails between Chalais and Vercorin. This path passes through the ruins of the Chalais tower and the bisse de Réchy.
The Chalais Tower.
A drone video on the Crétillons Arch.