Châtel is an essential destination for challenging downhill mountain-biking coupled with an authentic Alpine experience.
If you’re in the Haute Tarentaise in summer, perhaps based in Saint-Foy Tarentaise, Tignes or Val d’Isère, you’ll have access to a network of footpaths whose well-signed routes will take you into some truly magnificent mountain scenery.
Summer holidays in the mountains mean lots of activities, wonderful accommodation at a reasonable price and a really friendly welcome, not to mention the amazing scenery. Here are five activities to help you enjoy the French Alps with ideas for family activities, outings and scenic touring.
An exhilarating walk from Châtel in the Portes du Soleil, French Alps. After taking in the views from Morclan and the Col de Folière close to the Swiss border, set off down the valley for lunch at the Chalet de Barbossine, a summer dairy farm producing AOC Abondance cheese.
The Sentier des Bords de Dranse is a family-friendly cycle trail along the banks of the River Dranse between Châtel and Abondance. Stop off in La Chapelle d’Abondance around midway for refreshments in the centre of the village. There’s a choice of restaurants in all three villages and a summer shuttle bus service to take you and your bikes back to your start point.
This is a beautiful walk that will suit the whole family. Gaze in awe at glaciers, observe wildlflowers and picnic beside a clear mountain stream. Finally, take some time to enjoy the remote, protected hamlet of Le Monal.