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Les Arcs 1800

A village of two halves, mid way up the mountain

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Les Arcs 1800

The village of 1800 is probably the busiest of the Les Arcs' villages and the largest. This is where the majority of the locals are based. Although the buildings aren't as pretty as 1950, there is still a certain charm to be found in a village made entirely out of wood. 

There are two main villages Le Charvet and Les Villards. There is a wide range of shops and restaurants in both villages and everything is walking distance. There is also the new appartment village called Edenarc with larger chalet style appartments. At present, there is a shuttle bus that takes you from Charvet to Edenarc but the resort is currently building a gondola which will take you directly to Edenarc and should be operational for winter 15/16. Out of all the Les Arcs villages 1800 has the best views of the valley, which means the best sunsets too.

The closest town to Les Arcs is Bourg Saint Maurice. This is easily accessed via the funiculaire that runs everyday during the Winter and Summer seasons. There is a friendly local community and a few large supermarkets. There is also a swimming pool, train station, cinema and various bars and restaurants. It's lively throughout the year and there are some lovely local festivals and a Saturday market. To get to the funiculaire you can take the free bus (navette) to Les Arcs 1600.

Sights & Attractions in Les Arcs 1800

The Mont Blanc is visible from all of the Les Arcs villages but the view of Europe's highest mountain is viewed best from 1800 from the square in Haute Villards. However, there is a more spectacular sight at the top of the Aiguille Rouge, the highest point of the resort. To access this breathtaking view you can take the Transarc bubble to 2000 and walk/cycle/ski to the Varet bubble. You take the Varet and then the Aiguille Rouge gondola (approx 45 mins journey time in total depending on your level). You can also take the free navette bus from various stops around the resort to Les Arcs 2000 and walk to the Varet bubble from here. At the top of the Aiguille Rouge you will see a 360° view of the Alps, it is truly spectacular.

Things to Do in Les Arcs 1800

In the winter there is a vast skiing/snowboarding area that links up with La Plagne to create the Paradiski area, one of the largest in the world. There is freeskiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, dog sledding, sledging, skidooing and ice caves! In the summer there are lots of activities as well; swimming; hiking; mountain biking; cycling; horse riding; golfing etc.

Arc 1800 is also home to the fantastic Mille 8 leisure complex which houses swimming pools, spa and wellness areas as well as various on piste activities for the whole family. Read our review of what's on offer at Mille 8

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Sports & Activities in Les Arcs

Dining in Les Arcs 1800

There are several decent restaurants in 1800 (most bars also do food and Bar King Mad is very good). Le Chic Mama next to the pharmacy in Charvet is of a very high quality, Savoyard food with sophisticated twist. Le Parenthèse in Les Villards is a wonderful new addition to the restaurant scene and doesn't serve Savoyard food. If you have kids and just want to feed them good food quickly, there are 2 tex mex restaurants in 1800: Le Benji's in Villards and The Mountain café in Charvet. There are also 2 asiatic restaurants, if you want something a little different to cheese, meat and potatoes. There is Killucru sushi bar in the Quiksilver shop on the Villards main street and just opposite there is the Nouidle, both serve excellent quality dishes and do take away, but you will have to fork out your wallet for the sushi because fresh fish does not come cheap!

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Where to Eat in Les Arcs

Nightlife in Les Arcs 1800

Because 1800 is the busiest of the villages there is more of a selection of nightlife to choose from. There are a couple of English bars in the square in Haute Villards, The Red Hot Saloon and Bar King Mad. They both offer live music and a fun, funky atmosphere. Lots of the British locals are seen having a tipple at Bar King Mad. Both of these bars have excellent sunny terraces. In Charvet the best bar is definitely Chez Boubous. A local's favourite spot for cocktails, sports, DJs and a brilliant atmosphere. There are also 3 different "clubs". There is the J.O. a club that offers live music every night, Le 73 which is an underground bar with free entry and reasonably priced drinks and there is Le Carrè in Les Villards. Le Carré has undergone a recent facelift and is looking at lot more respectable, unfortunately the drinks and door entry charge reflect this.

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Nightlife in Les Arcs

Chalets in Les Arcs 1800

Most chalets in 1800 are available in winter only, and tend to be fully catered. 

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Apartments in Les Arcs 1800

There is a great choice of apartments in 1800 ranging from studios to ones suited to larger groups, and most tend to be self catered. 

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Hotels in Les Arcs 1800

There are a small selection of hotels in 1800 from the more contemporary style to the more traditional French Savoyarde style. 

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