Fir trees, up to 500 years old, flowers, butterflies, gentian and woodchucks (marmots): the valley of Avançon is home to a varied flora and fauna. It is highly likely that you will spot chamois and ibex .
The vast Pont de Nant Natural Reserve is situated in the heart of the Alps in the Vaud region. It is 1,260 m above sea level and backs onto the Grand Muveran mountain, while the Avancon des Plans river flows through it (the same river that runs through the town of Bex).
For centuries the ownership of salt mines meant wealth and power. The salt deposits at Bex, discovered in the 15th century, are still mined today. The salt mines are accessible to visitors, a museum depicts the mining of salt from 1684 to the present.