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⛰️ Défago Arcade

Address
Chemin de Vièze 4, 1874 Champéry
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Keyword
2018 Oct
  • Date de Visite
    16.10.2018
  • Création
    1864
  • GPS
    46.16814 6.86468

Défago Arcade


The Défago arcade or gallery (Galerie Défago in French) was built in 1864 at the beginning of tourism in Champéry and was intended to offer an attraction to the town. The gallery took the name of its designer, Emmanuel Défago. The term “galerie” (gallery), which can be seen painted red on a white background on the cliff, may seem more like a tunnel with an open side part. In fact, this word in Valais means “balcony”, which makes it easier to understand its meaning with the magnificent view, as on a balcony, on Champéry.

The Défago arcade from the village of Champéry.
The Défago arcade from the village of Champéry.

Access


Parking available at the Rey-Bellet garage.

The Rey-Bellet garage on the side of the road going up from Monthey.
The Rey-Bellet garage on the side of the road going up from Monthey - defago arcade

Itinerary


The trip consists of a loop with a starting point from the Rey-Bellet garage in Champéry. The distance is 3.8 km for about 1h45, it will take 2h15 from the cable car in the village of Champéry.

Ascent to the gallery


From the Rey-Bellet garage, after crossing the Vièze River, follow the small pebbled road and the signs indicating the direction of the “Accrobranche du Dahu” next to which you pass just before starting the gallery.

The bridge over the river Vièze and the pebbled road leading to the Défago arcade.
the road passing by Le pont sur la Vièze to go to the Défago arcade the pebbled road leading to the Défago arcade

The Champery Accrobranche Adventure Park (Accrobrnache du Dahu) just before the beginning of the gallery.
The Champery Accrobranche Adventure Park (Accrobrnache du Dahu) just before the beginning of the défago arcade

Path through the gallery


The path dug into the inside of the cliff slopes slightly upwards for about 700 metres. The path is well secured with the continuous presence of barriers. With rocky walls at the top and bottom of the path, the experience is particularly impressive.

The path attached to the cliff.
The path of the defago arcade clinging to the cliff. The path of the defago arcade clinging to the cliff.

View


The Défago gallery offers a view of the village of Champéry but also those of Troistorrents and Val d’Illiez. Looking towards the Val d’Illiez, you can see the Vaud Alps with the Tour d’Aï, Leysin and Mont d’Or.

View on Champéry and the Val d’Illiez with the Vaud Alps in the background.
View on Champéry from the Défago arcade View of the Val d'Illiez with the Vaud Alps in the background from the Défago arcade

Cantine des Rives restaurant


After the Défago gallery, the path climbs steeply until it reaches a paved road next to which is the Cantine des Rives restaurant. It should be noted that the small train of the Dents du Midi connects the canteen of the Rives from the Champéry cable car and can be used, in summer, to return to Champéry free of charge.

The path leading to the cantine des Rives.
The path leading to the cantine des Rives after the Défago arcade  the cantine des Rives above the Défago arcade

The return through the Vallon des Rives


The return begins by following, in descent, a small asphalt road winding along the pastures and passing by pretty chalets. Then, after a fork on the right, it reaches the starting point along a rocky road.

The road in the Vallon des Rives and a chalet.
The road in the Vallon des Rives after the Défago arcade A chalet in the Vallon des Rives after the Défago arcade

The rocky road back to the starting point.
The pebbled road returning to the starting point of the Défago arcade walk

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