If you’re looking for a different kind of summer holiday, the French Alps could be just the place. Expect blue skies, lush green forests, fresh mountain air and plenty of stunning lakes. Read on to discover why you should visit the French Alps in the summer.
The weather is beautiful
The French Alps is incredible in the winter but after the ski season ends, anyone who ventures to the Alps will be rewarded with an equally special experience. During June – August the temperatures range from mid 20s to 30 deg c and there’s minimal pollution in the French Alps so you can enjoy fresh air and crisp, clear blue skies.
TIP: If you’re happy to go in the quieter months May and October, you may find some great deals on accommodation and you’ll feel as though you have the mountains all to yourself.
The food is delicious
From fresh croissants and pastries in the local boulangerie, to traditional soupe à l’oignon, Croque-monsieur, Tartiflette, Beef bourguignon, and local cheese you certainly won’t go hungry on a trip to the French Alps in the summer.
Once the snow has melted the mountains make way for some incredible outdoor activities such as walking, trail running, mountain biking, cycling, white water rafting, paragliding and even zip lining! The French Alps in Summer offer a wonderful place to detox, get fit or enjoy an adrenaline fueled break with a difference.
Discover amazing alpine lakes
The French Alps provide magnificent scenery and countless beautiful lakes. Coupled with the dramatic backdrop of picturesque mountain peaks, a visit to admire the lakes can be the perfect tonic for stressed-out souls. The turquoise Lake Annecy is one of Europe’s most romantic lakes. It’s also said to be the continent’s purest. The elegant spa town of Evian sits on the southern shores of Lake Geneva, known locally as Lac Léman, it’s recognised the world over as the birthplace of Evian mineral water. There are countless lakes in and around the smaller villages such as Châtel. Look out for Lac du Vonnes and Lac du Morgins which is just past the border into Switzerland – perfect for a picnic and a stroll.
TIP: There’s more fun to be had on the water. Popular activities on the lakes include fishing, SUP boarding and waterskiing and if you’re brave, you could even try some lake swimming.
Include a city break
The French Alps are near to some major towns and cities including Chamonix in France, and Lausanne and Geneva in Switzerland so you can easily combine your trip with the hustle and bustle of a larger town or city. Montreux is a traditional resort town on Lake Geneva. Nestled between steep hills and the lakeside, it’s known for its mild microclimate and the Montreux Jazz Festival which is in July.
The French Alps are family friendly
Trips to the French Alps can be catered towards families with small children and babies. There are gentle hiking trails and picnic areas ideal for short walks so the whole family can enjoy the great outdoors.Baby carrier and pushchairs can be hired from selected sports shops.
Affordable hotels, alpine lodges or bed and breakfasts
You will be spoiled for choice when you look for accommodation. Choose from budget, to mid-range and luxury – there’s something to suit every taste and budget.
Where to stay: Chalet la Fontaine is located in the alpine village Châtel, just 90 minutes drive from Geneva Airport. The chalet sleeps 8-10 people and has a fully equipped kitchen, ideal for families and groups of friends looking for exclusive use of a chalet in the French Alps.