The Plateau du Retord, a historical place
Between Nantua and the Plans d’Hotonnes, the Bugey is marked by a famous plateau, the Plateau du Retord. On this plateau generations of hikers and walkers renew their pilgrimage to the country of Delphine Arène (novelist and poet) in every season. At the beginning of the 20th century, people came from afar to the Chapel of Retord for the High Mass of Saint Roch, followed by the blessing of cars.
Activities for those who love the great outdoors
You can hike on foot, by mountain bike or even on horseback in summer before letting your love of winter sports take over. The Retord is known for its long cross-country skiing or snowshoeing hikes. Dog sleighs are the other flagship activity of the plateau, with great races at the Col de Cuvery, with initiation or simple walks under the expert guidance of mushers also on offer. At the south end, the steeper slopes of the Plans d’Hotonnes are suitable for family Alpine skiing.
Are you contemplative or hyperactive?
We bet that the Plateau de Retord and its countless Combes will push you toward your own limits. You don’t come to the Retord only once: between the pastures full of blooming daffodils, the imposing Mont-Blanc behind the ridge and the breeze that whispers in the bottom of the haunted Combe of Merlogne, an indescribable love will certainly make you want to come back.