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Château de Valère

Slung on a hillock opposite Château de Tourbillon is this 11th- to 13th-century château that grew up around a fortified basilica. The church interior reveals beautifully carved choir stalls, a frescoed apse and the …
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La Cave de Tous Vents

Flickering candles illuminate the brick vaults of this medieval wine bar where couples dine in cosy nooks. Just as gooey is the fondue, including varieties with saffron or chanterelles. Late September to October, it…
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Le Cube Varone

This old winegrower’s hut on the Bisse de Clavau footpath (7.5km, 2½ hours) pairs each dish on the tempting menu with an appropriate wine. The vineyard vista is heady, punchy and out of this world.
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Au Cheval Blanc

A local institution known for its great food and convivial vibe, this traditional bistro with leafy pavement terrace on Rue du Grand-Pont uses the best local produce. The icing on the cake is its Val d’Hérens beef p…
Top Choice Chateau in Sion

Château de Tourbillon

Lording it over the fertile Rhône Valley from its hilltop perch above Sion, the crumbling remains of this medieval stronghold, destroyed by fire in 1788, are worth the stiff trudge for the postcard views alone; wear…
Swiss in Sion

La Grande Maison

Up in the hills 6.5km from Sion is this old house with atmospheric, wood-beamed rooms (double Sfr134 to Sfr160) and a top-notch restaurant to feast on autumnal game and fruits of the local forest – a rare and real t…
Cultural in Sion

Combats de Reines

Serious stuff in Val d’Hérens, the tributary valley to the south of Sion, Combats de Reines (Kuhkämpfe in German) are organised to decide which beast is most suited to lead the herd to summer pastures. Contests take…
Wine Bar in Sion

Le Verre à Pied

To get under the skin of Sion you have to taste its wine and this no-frills oenothèque (wine shop) and caveau (wine cellar) is the perfect place. Sit in the industrial interior or around an oak barrel outside, and s…
Swiss in Sion

Au Vieux Mazot

Don’t even consider stepping foot in Evolène in Val d’Hérens, 24km south of Sion by road, without sampling the famed local beef at this legendary spot, also known as Chez Raymonde. Meat lovers melt over the Val d’Hé…
Swiss in Sion

La Sitterie

An 800m walk north from the old town, chef Jacques Bovier works with seasonal local products to create a dining experience that thrills every time (ever had Chasselas grape sorbet?). Lime green and slate grey domina…