THE CITY OF CASTLES
Down in the valley of Valais, Sion is recognisable from far away thanks to the beautiful high towers of Castle Tourbillon and the Castle of Valeria. Each year in September the existence of these towers gets celebrated during the light festival (Sionenlumieres). A magical spectacle of lights illuminate the castle in all kind of colours while the music of Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons is to be heard through the old streets.
AN OLD TOWN
Sion is the capital of Valais and counts around 30,000 inhabitants. Past and future blend in one of Switzerland’s oldest cities. In the Castle Church of Valeria there is still one of the world’s oldest playable organs from the 15th Century. Sion, which boasts a 7,000-year history, is today the economic centre of Valais and an important traffic junction with its own international airport flying on destinations like London. Several events take place in Sion, like for example the classical music festival in august.
Particularly charming are the many historical monuments in the Old Town, the shopping area and the modern municipal facilities. Here one feels a little closer to the south. A visit to one of the numerous museums lets you discover the varied history of the city. In the evening the town is alive with lots of bars, cafés and restaurants where you can enjoy some fine dining.
WALKS AND WINES
Sion is located in the middle of one of the most important wine-growing regions in Switzerland. Fendant, the region’s white wine is well known and perfect for an aperitif or dinner. Around Sion you find several ‘caves’ where you can visit the vineyards and enjoy some wine-tasting. In order to be able to water the vines and fields in the sunny and dry valley it was necessary to carve out horizontal irrigation channels in the sides of the mountains. These irrigation channels are called “bisses” and walks along them in the nearby vineyards are an absolute must. Many of the properties we have for sale find themselves in the region where these trails start, like for example Veysonnaz, Siviez and Haute-Nendaz. Sion offers also a top rated hospital with a specialized rehabilitation centre. Thanks to Switzerland’s biggest bus station in Sion, offering countless connections it takes no time to get to Valais’ summer and winter resorts where we have a wide range of mountain properties for sale. From Sion it is a 10 min. drive to Conthey. This area has developed itself to the commercial suburb area of Sion with lots of big supermarkets, animal stores, mountain bike store, garden centres and furniture stores.