Avalon Tower

in Saint-Maximin

Located in the municipality of Saint-Maximin, the 33-metre high Tour d’Avalon bears witness to history that dates back to the 14th century. As one of the gems of the Grésivaudan valley, the Avalon Tower is an unmissable stop on the way to the Haut Breda valley and when you stay at Allevard-Les-Bains.

Monument listed as a historical heritage site

Built by the Carthusian Fathers on a former keep that was part of a feudal castle from the year 1000 belonging to the Wallon-Romestang d’Avalon family to honour Saint-Hugues d’Avalon, the Tour d’Avalon is part of the historical heritage of the Grésivaudan valley. Listed as a historical heritage site, the Tour d’Avalon, made of limestone rubble and freestone, is flanked by a neo-Byzantine style chapel. It is also possible to distinguish ruins of the delphinic tower of the period. Eagle eyes will even be able to distinguish the old part from the renovated part with a change in the colour of the stone which marks a natural separation between the two eras.

 

A magnificent view

Just as you can get to the top of the Bellebonne massif and therefore from Allevard-les-Bains, for example, those of the Tour d’Avallon provide a magnificent panorama of the Chartreuse, the Bauges massif and Pontcharra. A privileged moment to drink in the beauty of the nature that surrounds us and in particular the Belledonne massif or the Chartreuse massif closest to Allevard-les-Bains and containing so many gems. The Château du Touvet, the Saint-Hilaire du Touvet funicular and the surrounding lakes are all must-see attractions during a stay at the thermal baths in Allevard-les-Bains, for example.

A starting point for a hike

The Tour d’Avalon can also be an excellent idea for a hiking trip from Allevard-Les-Bains. It is possible to do the Tour d’Avalon circuit, a walk of about 4 hours without any difficulty, passing through the villages around Saint-Maximin. Visit in July-August

Accessibilité

A 15 minutes en voiture d’Allevard-les-Bains, la Tour d’Avalon est un incontournable de la vallée du Grésivaudan tant par l’histoire qu’elle évoque que par le panorama somptueux qu’elle offre sur les massifs environnants.