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?

Summer holidays in the Alps

Even for those of us who really enjoy our jobs, we wish that we weren’t limited to just 4 weeks of holidays a year. So it is no wonder that we want to make the most of our time off and why more and more of us are looking for an active holiday versus a week of sunbathing on the beach.

Holidaying in the Alps is a no brainer in the winter, with skiing and snowboarding among the many activities to choose from, but the Alps also make a surprisingly great destination in the summer.

Here is a list of some of our favourite destinations and a few ideas on what you can do while on holiday in the Alps in the summer.

Zermatt

Zermatt is the dream destination for anyone who enjoys beautiful scenery, great food and fantastic hospitality. The town lies at the foot of the famous Matterhorn and offers plenty of different activities in the summer. If you are after a relaxing holiday, there are some amazing hotels and pleasant walks around town. It is also possible to go up the famous Gornergrat railway or any of the numerous cablecars to experience the views from higher up. If you like hiking, then you can do as much as you want around Zermatt, and the views are incredible in every direction.

For those of you that can’t wait until the winter, you can actually have a pretty good ski in Zermatt during the summer months up on the glacier.

To get to Zermatt you can either take the train, or be driven as far as Tasch from where you can get picked up in an electric taxi or jump on the train.

Click here for more information on transfers to Zermatt.

Chamonix

Chamonix is a mecca for fans of all mountain sports in Europe. Tourists have been visiting this charming French town at the foot of Mt Blanc for centuries. It used to take 2 weeks to reach Chamonix from London. Now it’s a short flight to Geneva airport followed by a quick transfer, so it’s a great destination for a weekend break in the summer. The views are second to none and there is a whole range of activities to keep you busy while you are holidaying in Chamonix in the summer. Why not try white water rafting or a round of golf on a spectacular course? Chamonix is also a great destination if you are planning a summer holiday for the whole family holiday. Kids will enjoy riding the Montenvers train and visiting the ice cave or they can try a bit of mountain climbing on a climbing wall. There is also a swimming pool in Chamonix or they can go horse riding or try one of the adventure parks.

Chamonix is also really well setup for both hikers and mountain bikers with a great network of well signed trails.

Chamonix even has a Casino to keep the grown ups entertained if the thrills offered by nature aren’t quite enough for you.

Get prices on transfers to Chamonix here.

Kitzbühel

The hills are alive with the sound of music… Sorry, couldn’t stop myself… Whether you love or hate (impossible) the Sound of Music you will have to agree that the Austrian Alps make a stunning destination in the summer.

There are literally hundreds of places where you can have a fantastic summer holiday in the Austrian alps, but we had to choose one and so we have gone with Kitzbühel. For lovers of walking in the mountains, the region around Kitzbühel has over 2500km of well marked walking trails. Mountain bikers are also at home in the region with lots of trails that will suit all abilities. If you like the idea of traversing the alps on two wheels but not the idea of pedalling, then the good news is that the Kitzbüheler Alpen area is pioneering the use of electric bikes with 1,000km of dedicated trails.

Another bonus about visiting this region in the summer is the Kitzbüheler Alpen Summer Card. With this card you can access 29 cable cars and it also entitles you to discounts at lots of attractions.

To get to Kitzbühel you can fly to Munich or Innsbruck and then get private or shared transfers to Kitzbühel.

Morzine and Les Gets

The neighbouring villages of Morzine and Les Gets are getting more and more popular for people looking to spend active holidays in the alps during the summer months. They are probably best known for their epic mountain bike trails, but there is so much more going on than that. There is golf, white water rafting, tennis, swimming, summer luge, spas, paragliding, paint balling, horse riding and hiking to name but a few…

One of the best reasons to visit Morzine or Les Gets in the summer is the Portes du Soleil Multipass, which for just 2€ per day allows you to use many of the lifts, cablecars and leisure facilities during your holiday.

Transfers to Morzine

Transfers to Les Gets