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  • Peaceful family site the Hauts de Chartreuse nature reserve
  • Hiking and mountain biking trails direct from the site
  • Spectacular views, sports areas, big pool and restaurant with terrace

If a site is deep in a nature reserve, it's a sure bet that there'll be weeks' worth of scenic walking, hiking and wildlife watching within a piffling distance. And so it is with the peaceful family site of Le Balcon de Chartreuse, as the site's spectacular setting near the Isère town of Miribel-les-Échelles is in the Hauts de Chartreuse nature reserve.

The vast space of the nature reserve spans the eastern side of the Chartreuse Mountains, the mighty pretty range running from Grenoble in the south to Lac du Bourge in the north. Around the site, meeting points for hiking, climbing, caving and paragliding are within a short stroll; hiking and mountain biking trails start from the grounds, and caving and a via ferrata are within 15 kilometres. The emerald green waters of Aiguebelette and Paladru lakes are within half an hour for fishing and watersports.

For skiing, climbing, cycling and (most highly recommended) trips above the Alps on the Les Bulles cable cars, the world-famed winter sports centre of Grenoble is less than an hour from here. And if you're in the region with very small youngsters who may be too teeny for all that, the Walibi Rhône-Alpes theme park, the biggest in the Rhône-Alpes, is 45 minutes away.

But. No need to plunge straight into activities of mountain, water and snow immediately on arrival at Le Balcon de Chartreuse, as there's some splendid scenery to drink in here first. Perhaps from the bar terrace, a roomy and colourful space looking out over to the snow-tipped mountains? Or from the big outdoor pool, open in summer for sunny days under the mountain sky...?

A pétanque court, ping pong tables, playground and a multisports pitch for basketball, football and volleyball are also on site. The team organises sports activities such as water polo, aqua aerobics and pétanque competitions daily in high season, and a variety of nightly events like themed meals, dance events and games in the evenings. You could also spend time after a long day's hiking at the licensed pizza restaurant and takeaway, or buy some bits in town or at the site shop to barbecue up for alfresco suppers.

To make sure you're fuelled up for a full day of mountainous activities, order baguettes and pastries at reception by 7pm, to collect from 8am the following day.

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Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy



Hikers’ paradise

Lake and/or mountain


Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Public transportation nearby

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool



Recreation room/arcade


Teens' club


TV room


Nearby leisure

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Tennis nearby


Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Amenities on park

Bath available

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom


Pick-up from public transport


Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access



Large (51-200 sites)

Pub campground


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  • 950 Chemin de la Forêt, Miribel-les-Échelles, Isère, France, 38380
  • Timezone Europe/Paris +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 45.4295°N 5.7013°E


Local attractions

Hire a bike or lace up your sturdy boots right on site to take one of the hiking or mountain bike trails passing through the grounds, or arrange caving, paragliding or climbing from the meeting points a short walk away. A tennis court is around a kilometre from your mountain base.

A horse riding centre and fishing are within 10 kilometres of Le Balcon de Chartreuse, or you can travel a little further to visit the spectacular glacial lakes of Aiguebelette and Paladru, both around 20 kilometres from the park, for activities such as mountain biking, hiking, swimming, canoeing/kayaking, rowing, a via ferrata and more caving and paragliding.

Local town Miribel-les-Echelles is a few minutes' drive or about 10 minutes' cycle away. From here, it's 40 minutes by car to the lively and pretty city of Chambéry, home of the medieval Château de Chambéry where the first counts of Savoy settled in the Middle Ages. Chambéry's also the only Alps settlement where you'll see a few elephants in the Alps: go to the fab Fontaine des Éléphants near the old city centre to snap a pic.

Walibi Rhône-Alpes theme park and the L'Île aux Pirates waterpark are 35 kilometres from the site, at Les Avenières.

  • Does Le Balcon de Chartreuse have a swimming pool? Yes View all features
  • Is Le Balcon de Chartreuse dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Le Balcon de Chartreuse? Hire a bike or lace up your sturdy boots right on site to take one of the hiking or mountain bike trails passing through the grounds, or arrange caving, paragliding or climbing ... Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Le Balcon de Chartreuse?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  noon –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  noon
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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the terms and conditions.

Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.

A valid vaccination certificate must accompany your dog.

Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via

Dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.

Entertainment and activities are available between 10/07 and 26/08.

Firearms are not permitted.

Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.

Motorcycle(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

No vehicle movement between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m..
Only one car is to be parked at the site. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Only park guests are authorized to use the pool.

Open fires are prohibited.

Pitches: a €30,00 (R440,84) deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure when returning the gate badge/barrier pass/toilet keys

Please select an electric hook-up if you wish to hire a fridge.

Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and trunks must be closed quietly.

Reception is open from 10 a.m. to noon and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. between 01/04 - 07/07 and 27/08 - 08/10.
Reception is open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. between 08/07 and 26/08.

Swimsuits are required and cut-offs or Bermuda shorts are not permitted.

The bar and/or restaurant is open between 10/06 et 17/09.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

The outdoor swimming pool is open between 10/06 et 17/09 (subject to weather conditions).

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.

Unsupervised minors must have a letter of authorization from their parents or legal guardian.

Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

You must follow management instructions when setting up your tent/rig and related equipment.