Méribel is perfectly located to make the most of the vast 3 Valleys domain. To the east, you can easily ski to the resorts of La Tania, Brides-les-Bains or Courchevel. To the west, Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, Les Menuires, Val Thorens and Orelle are easy to access. Between making your way down the slopes and riding the ski-lift back up again, why not stop off in one of these beautiful villages. In Courchevel, for example, discover the boundless charm of Le Praz, a typical Savoie village with narrow streets, traditional houses and fabulous chalets. You can also admire its Olympic ski jump ramps (not for the faint of heart).
In Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, enjoy the simple pleasures of an authentic mountain village which holds on firmly to traditions of old. Fall in love with its bell tower, narrow streets, and stone and "lauze" farmhouses. Set off from the parish church on a circuit to discover the old village, its traditional habitat and its old ways of life: the dairy, bread oven, and wash house... On your stroll, don't miss Notre Dame de la Vie chapel, a baroque masterpiece. The chapel was recently restored, returning the interior frescoes to their former glory. Higher up, but in the same valley, explore the resorts of Les Menuires or Val Thorens.
At the heart of the Tarentaise Valley, Méribel is the starting point for many adventures. If you fancy a change of scenery, head to Paradiski (Les Arcs and La Plagne) or the Espace Killy (Tignes et Val d'Isère). You can also discover the historic capital of the Tarentaise valley: Moûtiers. Where the river Isere meets the Doron de Bozel, this thousand year old town, with its web of winding side streets and back passages, presents an exceptional architectural heritage: the old bridge, archbishop's palace, square steeped in history, bungalow fronts... Fall in love with the astonishing Saint-Pierre cathedral which combines an 11th century Romanesque choir with a 15th century Gothic facade and 19th century Neoclassical naves.