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On The Route des Grandes Alpes

Lac Montriond, Morzine

We take to the road and drive down the Route des Grandes Alpes in the French Alps. From Thonon-les-Bains on Lac Léman the Route provides an amazing alpine experience.

Cycling the Route du Parpaillon

Parpaillon roadsign

The Route du Parpaillon in the Vallée de l'Ubaye, southern Alps. The Tunnel du Parpaillon is the highest road tunnel in Europe, popular for walkers and cyclists and with stunning mountain scenery.

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Tignes in Summer

Activities for Everyone
Summer Resorts

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, chalet with flowers.The latest in our summer destinations series, we discover a fantastic family resort where you can try all sorts of activities for free, ride some challenging mountain trails on your bike, or simply walk among stunning scenery and admire the carpets of wildflowers. Not forgetting the chance to ski on the Glacier de la Grande Motte.
With sports centre, aqua centre, cinema, shops and restaurants, free transport and parking, free events and activities plus accommodation to suit everyone, Tignes is a good place to try out a summer Alpine holiday. Read the feature


Home of Alpinism
Summer Resorts

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, chalet with flowers.In our new series on summer destinations, we visit the home of Alpinism - Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. Now one of the must-see destinations for travellers from all over the world, Chamonix plays host to visitors in all four seasons. There's simply too much to do here for one report, so we're devoting a whole series to this incomparable destination. We start with our review of Chamonix, with ideas of where to stay, where to eat and some of the activities on offer. Read the feature

Aiguille du Midi

Gateway to Mont-Blanc
Summer Resorts

Visitors on Aiguille du MidiEach year around 500 000 people ride the cable-car to the Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix, a success story which is reflected in the newly-enlarged and extravagantly-restyled departure area. In fact, the whole complex is now on the kind of monumental scale which sends out a clear message that you're in for the kind of experience you won't forget in a hurry.
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Tramway du Mont-Blanc

The highest railway in France
Summer Resorts

Mont-Blanc Tramway train arrives at Nid d'AigleWe ride the Tramway du Mont-Blanc to its highest point at the Nid d'Aigle (2380m) and experience on e of the most tremendous railway rides with stunning views over the surrounding valleys and towards Mont-Blanc. Passengers can alight onto Alpine pastures above Les Houches and enjoy the network of mountain paths or begin the long haul to the summit of Mont-Blanc. Read the feature

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Summer in the Mountains

Laid-back mountain-biking in Les Saisies

Summer cycling holidays
Summer Activities

Couple on mountain-bikes looking at trail-map.Got a mountain-bike? Great, but have you actually ridden in the mountains? Neither had we, so to find out just what we'd been missing we headed over to one of the most popular activity centres in the French Alps. Les Saisies is among our favourite ski resorts - and now we know exactly why people love it in summer, too.
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Beaufortain Walking Tour

Walking tour in the mountains
Summer Activities

Beaufortain peaks, autumnMark Tennent from Simply Savoie normally leads groups on a week long hike through the magnificent scenery of the Beaufortain region in Savoie. Here, he describes the route and some of its highlights which include the azure waters of the Lac de Roselend and the famous Pierra Menta. Read the feature

Walking Tour of the Vanoise National Park

Walking tour in the mountains
Summer Activities

Vanoise National ParkSometimes known as the Tour des Glaciers de la Vanoise, one of the great beauties of this tour, apart from the superb scenery, is that you remain at altitude and need only touch tarmac road for 50m from start to finish.
The Tour is well provided with mountain refuges which provide simple accommodation in stunning mountain locations and will provide you with memorable experiences and a chance to meet like-minded people. We asked Mark Tennent from Simply Savoie (Guided Walking and Via Ferrata Holidays) to give us a flavour of this magnificent tour. Read the feature

Adventure Time: All About Via Ferrata

Try something new and challenging
Summer Activities

Mark Tennent on rock face.Via Ferrata allows you to climb rock faces normally only accessible to rock climbers.
Surprisingly, via ferrata routes don't require all the techniques of rock climbing, so they're accessible to a wide range of people. Qualified mountain activity specialist Mark Tennent reveals how it all works, and just what you need to know to get you started on your own adventure this summer.
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Top Ten Summer Activities

Great ideas for summer hoidays
Summer Activities

Walkers and spring flowers, Pont Romain, French Alps Before you do anything be sure to check out our list of great ideas, designed to help you make the most of your next summer holiday in the mountains.
Whether you plant to relax and unwind or push yourself to the limit, we think there’s no better setting than the mountains of France. There are countless activities to choose from, fantastic local food to try, traditional skills to discover and a wealth of history to explore among picturesque mountain hamlets and larger heritage sites. See our Top 10

It’s time to holiday in the mountains

Summer mountain holidays
Summer Activities

Foyer of MGM Village de Lessy, Grand Bornand.Something of a revolution has been quietly transforming the face of French mountain tourism, so we decided it was high time we took a look at just what has changed. As a result, we reckon that this year's summer visitors are going to be mightily impressed.
Developers have responded to raised market expectations and created premium self-catering accommodation with high levels of comfort and onsite services, all at prices not normally available to skiers and winter visitors. Independent hoteliers and restaurateurs have followed suit, and now summer visitors can enjoy a huge range of mountain activities, along with stylish classic (or, if you prefer, contemporary) mountain chic. Read the feature

Driving The Route des Grandes Alpes

Drive the legendary mountain route
Scenic Touring

Col TuriniFrom Lac Léman to the shores of the Mediterranean, the legendary Route des Grandes Alpes takes in a succession of truly breathtaking mountain scenery.
Our in-depth guide is in four parts - Lac Léman to the Beaufortain, the Beaufortain to Briançon, Briançon to the Vallée de l'Ubaye, and the Col de Cayolle to Menton. Written from experience on our own trip following The Route, we'll help you plan your drive, and give ideas for accommodation, restaurants and places to see.

Mexican Music & Dance Returns To...

One of many colourful festivals held every summer
Summer Activities

Latino-Mexicain FestivalEVERY AUGUST the Vallée de l’Ubaye celebrates its historic links with Mexico in a Latino-Mexicain festival. For ten days or so the market town of Barcelonnette is enlivened by the musical tempo and colourful costumes, creating a unique ambiance of joy and conviviality.
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The Lost Alpine Route (by mountain-bike)

Ultimate off-road cycling
Summer Activities

ParpaillonIn the Southern French Alps an old, long-abandoned mountain pass built by the military scales the wild, rugged Massif du Parpaillon and still appears on larger-scale maps.
Was it, we wondered, still possible to follow it from end to end? We were determined to find out. Read the feature on the legendary Route du Parpaillon.

In The High Alpages: Beaufort Cheese

Life in the Alpages
Tradition & Nature

Jean-Pierre Blanc carrying his Beaufort cheese to the cave It was an unforgettable journey up a rough mountain track to visit Conchette - summer home to alpagiste Jean-Pierre Blanc. Amid the highest of mountain pastures above the Lac de Roselend, in the Beaufortain region of the French Alps, M Blanc creates award winning Chalet Beaufort d'Alpage cheeses. We observed the process, then tasted the wonderfully complex flavours derived from the rich Alpine grasses and wildflowers. Read the feature

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If you're like us, you're already thinking about your next ski holiday. Here are the latest offers from Peak Retreats and Ski Collection for the French Alps this coming winter season 2015/16., 02392 839 310)

Ski Val Cenis and for every two adult lift passes bought, 1 child (5-11yrs) lift pass for free!
(Week of 19/12/15) Stay in Les Alpages from £260pp. The residence enjoys an ideal location at the foot of the slopes at the end of the village of Lanslebourg, boasts an outdoor heated pool and is just 50m from the Pre Novel chairlift, the lift pass office and the ski school.

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Ski Méribel and stay 8 nights for the price of 7 (week 12/12, stay the night of the 11/12 for free) Stay in Les Crets in Méribel Mottaret from £221pp. The residence is located in the wooden surroundings of Méribel Mottaret, overlooking the Tuéda Lake and offers door step access to the slopes. 

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Ski the Catalan Pyrenees and Stay 8 nights for the price of 7 (week 19/12, stay 18/12 for free) Stay in Le Pic de l'Ours from £188pp. The residence is perfectly placed in the heart of the resort amongst shops, restaurants and bars. This comfortable residence is just 20m from the ski school and the resort Gondola.

 (All prices based on 5 sharing a 2 bedroom, self-catered apartment including Eurotunnel crossing)

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When the snows have retreated for another year, the mountains reveal a whole new side to their personality. Ski terrain reverts to lush pastures erupting with countless wildflowers and grazed by the dairy cattle who provide the rich milk for a host of celebrated mountain cheeses.
The backdrop to it all is the kind of scenery you can only truly appreciate when you see it at first-hand. And if walking or mountain-biking isn't your style you can discover much of the scenery on some of the world’s finest grand touring routes...


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