When the snow melts in the warm sun, the mountains of the French Alps turn from white to green and the pure air is full of the scent of meadow flowers. This is the perfect time to visit the region of Savoie, to enjoy outdoor activities, discover picturesque villages and to fall in love with the local gastronomy…
Best Summer Activities in Morzine
This renowned ski base is absolutely gorgeous in spring and summer and there’s loads to do.
Water babies will love the huge range of activities here from canoeing and Kayaking to stand-up paddle boarding at Lac Montriond where you can also hire a pedalo or boat. It’s a lovely spot for a picnic with fabulous views.
Adrenaline junkies will adore canyoning! Plunge into the mountain streams, abseil, cascade into pools, and ride the river rapids for an invigorating, exciting activity you won’t forget in a hurry!
For those who want something less strenuous, this is a lovely place to hike, you can walk with donkeys, or just drive the scenic area. Stop off for a hot chocolate, glass of wine and simply drink in the amazing landscape.
Where to stay: the Chalet du Chene is a fabulous green oak chalet, perfect for families and friends. It offers amazing views, an irresistible hot tub, games room and more. At just 20 minutes from the centre and a short walk to local shops including a delicious boulangerie, a stay here is invigorating, relaxing and utterly perfect! Details: Chalet du Chene
Annecy and Haute Savoie
Annecy has to be one of the most sensational old towns in France. Known as the Venice of the French Alps thanks to the fresh water lake and the channels that criss-cross the town, this is a place to fall in love with. Surrounded by epic mountains, fabulous shops, winding streets, festivals galore and delicious cafés and restaurants to entice you, this town has it all.
Take your bike (or hire one from the tourist office) and cycle round Annecy Lake, it will take around 5 hours but longer if you stop and admire the views, enjoy a picnic or a break at one of the cafés or restaurants you’ll encounter. Try Le Ouistiti a Roulettes (31 rue sommeiller) for locally brewed beer and a great ambiance.
Hire a boat and simply drift and dream on the lake, there’s nowhere quite like it. Or hop on a water taxi to Veyriez for 5 euros return and dine at the lake side restaurant – watching the sun set from here is sensational.
In the old town, wander and wonder at the sights and don’t forget to pick up a delicious cake from master patissier Philippe Rigolot, his award winning“Mrs Smith Tarts” are memorable! (1 Place Georges Volland).
Where to stay: A luxurious and spacious Annecy lakeside apartment on the Avenue d’Albigny known as the “Champs Elysées of Annecy”. Enjoy a glass of wine on the balcony overlooking the blue green waters of the lake and chill.
Fun in the sun at Bourg St Maurice
Bourg, as it’s more commonly known, is at the heart of the French Alps. A secret summer destination that’s popular with the French, it’s fabulous for lovers of the outdoors and water sports. The white water slalom course on the Isere River is great fun for those who like a bit of adventure. The views for hikers and cyclists are second to none and the ski lifts operate for those who like to go higher up the mountains (take your bike on the ski lift to save your legs). Get in a round of golf, go horse riding and in spring, you’ll still be able to enjoy a spot of skiing in this famous Les Arcs resort.
Where to stay: Les Glieres, one bedroom apartment in a great complex with a swimming pool and sun terraces. At just a few minutes’ walk to the centre of Bourg with its many restaurants, shops and markets, the apartment with views over the mountains is perfect to enjoy this little bit of French Alps heaven.
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