Part of the Bauges Regional Park, the Bauges Geopark is an area of middle elevation mountains in the north-western French Alps. From afar, the area looks like a rocky fortress; a preserved natural island emerging from an urbanized surrounding sea. The massif features cliffs of resistant limestone and sedimentary rocks, which form perched synclines and give the Bauges a distinct landform. Major tectonic fault lines witness to strong mountain-building processes and the karst landscape is crisscrossed by large and small defiles in the cretaceous limestone that create wetlands, lakes, springs and caves. The famous “Savoyarde” cliff is an impressively folded limestone deposit at the southern tip of the area, resembling the folk headdress traditionally worn by women in the region.
CONSERVATION, EDUCATION & TOURISM: The Massif des Bauges Geopark is formed by folding of mesozoic limestones, shales and tertiary sediments leading to a structured landscape with conformable reliefs and inverted ones symbolized by perched synclines. The territory appears as a water tower supplying the two largest natural lakes in France with their numerous karstic networks, deep and narrow canyons and waterfalls.
Geopark Website: www.parcdesbauges.com
Street number and name (of main Tourist Info Center): Maison du Parc
Postal code and City name (of main Tourist Info Center): 73630 Le Châtelard
Tel.: +33 4 79 54 86 40