Best Spots in the French Alps this Summer

This is a guest post by Alpine Infusion.

Mountains aren’t only for winter!

After the snow has melted and the skiers have gone home for the year, you may assume the French Alps have little to offer. But, you’d be wrong.

There are a number of hidden gems nestled within in Europe’s best loved mountain range. The key is knowing where to look.

If you’re unsure where to start, we’ve got a handy travel guide for you. Here are the best spots in the French Alps this summer.

The Vanoise National Park

Did you know there’s a national park nestled within the French Alps? If not, you do now!

The Vanoise National Park is rich with cultural history and home to stunning, rare wildlife. So much so, it’s been described as a ‘genuine green diamond’. It’s just waiting to be discovered by those who venture to the mountains in the summertime.

The park aims to protect and conserve biodiversity, including eagles, fauna and ibexes. A number of rare plants, such as certain wildflowers, also live within.

Admired by children, hikers and nature enthusiasts alike, the park has something to appeal to everyone. You can even go fishing in the Ouillette lake, surrounding by some simply stunning scenery.

Whether for a long walk or a picnic, this makes for the perfect summer’s day out!

This park is easily accessed when staying in some of your favourite resorts. Staying in a catered chalet in Meribel will not only make your holiday one of luxury, but give you easy access to the park and its delights.

‘Little Venice’

Thanks to its stunning scenery, pavement cafes and relaxed atmosphere, the French town of Annecy has been lovingly nicknamed ‘Little Venice’.

This part of the Haute-Savoie region of the Alps comes to life in the warmer months.

You’ll be spoilt for choice on what to do first! It could be relaxing by the beach, attending a festival or dining out in one of the many restaurants.

If you love your sport – you’re also in luck. Annecy is the European capital of outdoor activities! From sailing to hiking, you’ll see the mountains in a completely new light; transformed in the summer.

Of course, we had to mention the Lake. Lake Annecy is one of the most breath-taking natural settings that you can only appreciate in its full glory as the weather gets warmer. Whether it’s sailing on it or sunbathing around it – there’s something for the whole family to do.

Écrins National Park

Écrins National Park is home to spectacular meadows and wildlife, making it the perfect place to explore. It’s popular in the summer time, yet never feels overcrowded.

You can take part in a hike, explore a glacier or photograph some of the wildlife. Many foxes, squirrels and marmots can be found inside. There’s enough to keep you entertained for hours!

You can easily reach the park from your Courchevel 1850 chalet by car.

Lake Geneva

Looking to make your next summer holiday an unforgettable one? Visit Lake Geneva.

Shared by France and Switzerland, the lake is home to endless hours of fun. This includes swimming and boating, to name just two water sports. There are many others to try!

Remember – it’s not just the lake itself but everything around it. Cycling is a popular activity for those who love the fresh air and enjoying the views.

Those who aren’t keen on sport have plenty to do too. From salons to spas, there’s more than you could fit into one day!

Barcelonnette

Barcelonnette is stunning to look at. It’s home to picture-perfect views, street markets and colourful houses. In summer, you can appreciate this small French town in all its glory!

All the architecture has been inspired by Mexico. It’s as close as you can get to that part of the world without leaving Europe!

There’s plenty to do during a day-trip here. From dining out to taking part in a festival, it’s a hidden gem you don’t want to miss.

Book Your Accommodation

Ready to explore the French Alps in summer? All that’s left is to book your accommodation.

Alpine Infusion offer luxury ski chalets in the Three Valleys that will make your next holiday one to remember forever.  Tempted yet?

Top 5 Activities besides Skiing in the Three Valleys

This is a guest post by Alpine Infusion.

The Three Valleys has plenty to boast about when it comes to winter sports. It’s best known for being the largest and one of the most impressive ski areas in the world, but making the most of the Alps isn’t just limited to skiing.

For those looking for something a little different, there are plenty of options to keep you entertained throughout the year. From mountaineering to sledging, we’ve thought of everything when it comes to the best non-skiing activities in the Three Valleys.

Ice Karting and Ice Driving

Fancy taking a car out for a spin? In Val Thorens, situated in the Tarentaise Valley, you can hire specially modified cars to drive around an ice circuit.

You’ll be co-driver to an expert for the first few laps, but after you’re shown the ropes you’ll be able to grab the wheel for yourself! If you want something a little more downsized, there’s also a mini track available for go-karts.

Explore the three valleys on foot

Exploring the Summits on Foot

The slopes themselves aren’t exclusively accessible through skiing!

Non-skiers can buy a ‘pedestrian pass’ and walk to their chosen summit. You’ll be able to meet friends at mountain restaurants, travel on pedestrian-friendly lifts and take those all-important holiday snapshots.

There’s something for everyone throughout the Three Valleys, whether it be gentle walks for all the family or more challenging, mountaineering hiking routes for those in need of a challenge.

Of course, it’s always vital to plan your routes and check the weather before you head out. Always ensure you’re being as safe as possible!

Spend a Night at a Mountain Hut

There’s nothing quite like the magic of a mountain refuge in the evenings after a long hike. Throughout the Three Valleys you’ll find plenty of huts available for overnight stays, ranging from the basic to top-quality accommodation.   

While the huts make for a fantastic experience, you may want something more permanent to keep you cosy during your holiday. Alpine Infusion offer award-winning luxury ski chalets in both Meribel and Courchevel with catering from top chefs, extensive client services and true extravagance.

Paragliding in the three valleys

Paragliding

If you’re in need of a fresh perspective on those fantastic mountain views, there are several accessible paragliding points dotted about the Three Valleys.

With both winter and summer flights available around many of the resorts, you’ll be able to take in the scenery all year round.

Mountain Biking

Once the snowy season comes to an end, the summer weather plays host to some fantastic mountain biking trails across the Three Valleys. There’s a wealth of variety when it comes to scenery, and a huge range of trails to dig your wheels into.

You can find many guided tours that’ll keep you within the eye of an experienced professional, and you can hire equipment to ensure you get the best out of the Three Valley trails.

Book Your Stay with Alpine Infusion

If you’re tempted by the alternatives to skiing, you may want to consider booking your accommodation with Alpine Infusion.

Choose from catered chalets and enjoy unique leisure and entertainment facilities, including swimming pools, saunas, complimentary bars and plenty more. Be sure to book your stay today and guarantee your spot in the mountains!

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What are you entitled to if your flight is delayed?

Every time an announcement is made in the airport departure lounge, I am sure we all cross our fingers and hope they are not about to tell us that our flight has been seriously delayed, or worse yet, cancelled.

A long delay or flight cancellation is really the worst way to start your holiday, or if it is on your return journey, it can mean missing work or travel connections. And with airlines cutting back on staff numbers to save money, it is increasingly difficult to find someone at the airport to talk to and to find out what you are entitled to.

Luckily, the team at Sainsbury’s Bank Money Matters Blog have come up with a very useful document that contains all of the information you need to know – just click on the image below for more information:

 

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What can you claim if your flight is delayed?

We will keep our fingers crossed that everything is ok with your flights in the future. However, if you want to make sure that there are no mistakes with your airport transfers then you should find and book a great local company through FindTransfers!