About the French Alps
The French Alps – A World Of Discovery Awaits You!
The French Alps are famous for their ski resorts and stunning scenery. They are split into many different areas offering a multitude of activities. The French Alps also offers some spectacular lakes, the largest being Lake Geneva (Lac Leman), Lac d’Annecy and Lac de Bourget. Mont Blanc is the highest point of the French Alps at 4808m, the third most visited natural site in the world and the most famous area for Alpine hiking in Europe.
What’s also great about the French Alps is that it is so well connected for travel access. There are the international airports of Grenoble, Lyon and Geneva all within 3 or 4 hours of the resorts (the shortest transfer time is well under an hour), fast TGV trains from London and Paris, local SNCF trains and the highways that run close by.
The French Alps in Winter
The French Alps in winter are certainly a top destination for an active break. Crisp clear mountain air, glorious scenery, snow, bluebird days in the winter sun, and of course plenty to see and do. What more could you want? Many people believe the sole purpose of a winter holiday in the French Alps is to ski or snowboard, however there are so many other things to see and do in the resort villages and towns, ensuring a full experiential break in the French mountains, whether you’re a winter sports enthusiast or a non-skier.
Alpine skiing and boarding can be accompanied by a number of other winter activities such as snow shoeing, ski joering, nordic/cross-country skiing, and fat-biking, as well as a number of different types of sledding (from snow tubing, yooner, snooc and snake glisse). For the more adventurous there’s even the possibility to try paragliding, helicopter tours, ice climbing, or even ice diving. And for those looking to unwind why not enjoy a relaxing spa session in a hot tub or sauna (many luxury residences have their own spa and treatment rooms too). There are many possibilities. The French Alps in winter are not just for the skiers amongst you; if you don’t ski then choose a resort with plenty of alternative activities such as Chamonix which has many restaurants, shops and cafes as well as a list as long as your arm of things to do.
Winter sports activities include skiing, cross-country skiing, off-piste skiing, snowboarding, off-piste snowboarding, snow-shoeing, husky walking, sledging, snow-mobiling, mono-skiing, snow blading, heli-skiing, glacier walking, ice diving and ice skating.
The French Alps in Summer
The Savoie and Haute Savoie areas benefit from thousands of miles of marked footpaths going up to almost 10,000ft. Whether you are exploring the lakes or mountains with their nature reserves one of the best ways is on foot. Of course you can also take on some of the legendary road cycling climbs as featured in the Tour de France, or mountain bike ride through the valleys, there’s also white water rafting on the rivers and summer skiing on some of the glaciers. Whether you like the gentle pace or are an adrenaline junkie, the French Alps offers activities for the whole family. Haute Savoie highlights include; cruising on Lac Leman, visiting Samoens and its Alpine gardens, walking around waterfalls at the Cirque du Fer-à-Cheval, the Aiguille du Midi cable car in Chamonix, and the multitude of outdoor pursuits and activities in Tignes.