Between tradition and modernity
Located in the southwest of Switzerland, Valais stretches for 150 km around the upper Rhone valley, from the Furka pass to Lake Geneva. It is home to the highest peaks in Switzerland, the country's largest glaciers, the highest vineyard in Europe (Visperterminen) and prestigious ski resorts (Crans-Montana, Verbier and Zermatt). The canton's impressive industrial development (chemical industry, aluminum and power generation) has not impeded the survival of strong traditions in its side valleys. Tourism has taken a growing place in the local economy, in both summer and winter.
Through the purity of its peaks, its geographic contrasts and exceptional ski areas, Valais offers a unique environment for locals and tourists alike. Located in the south of Switzerland, in the heart of the Alps, it is considered the country's sunniest region. In the heart of this natural beauty, hedonism is king. Local products (including well-known wines, raclette cheese, fondue, dried meat and apricots) are overflowing with flavor and the locals with generosity and hospitality.
A tourist region with unspoiled landscapes
If Verbier, Crans-Montana and Zermatt never fail to appeal to adventurous skiers for their snowy peaks, the plain and Lower Valais have no shortage of unspoiled landscapes to enjoy. The perfect balance of this unpredictable environment create powerful and complex scenery that inspires humility and contemplation.
Many towns in the Canton of Valais are considered tourist towns under the Federal Law on the Acquisition of Real Estate by Persons Abroad (LFAIE). Therefore, foreigners who do not reside in Switzerland can purchase a holiday home under certain conditions (particularly, relating to apartment or land size).
It should be noted that Valais is one of the cantons with the most tax advantages and many lump-sum taxpayers have their residence here.
BARNES will be happy to meet you in its offices in Sion, the capital of the canton, or in the resort towns of Crans-Montana and Verbier to present you with the most sought-after properties: chalets or luxurious apartments in Crans-Montana, Haute-Nendaz or Verbier and Val de Bagne, mansions in Martigny or exclusive homes on the heights of Sion.