The French Alps are truly a spectacular holiday destination for each and every traveller. The largest mountain chain in Europe, the rocky range is a magical world of snow-capped peaks, alpine luxury and high altitudes stretching more than 600 miles along the Franco-Swiss border.
If you’re here for nothing more than the powder, then you’ll find that there’s a whole host of winter activities – skiing, ice skating, visiting thermal baths and much more besides. There are hundreds of wonderful snow-sport destinations awaiting you, particularly in the Northern regions Haute-Savoie, Savoie and Isère. Here you’ll find the luxurious Chamonix, the exciting Val d’Isere and the challenging Trois Vallées,
If you prefer your outdoor excursions with a healthy dose of sunshine, then you’ll be pleased to know that the Alps are equally superb in summertime. In the warmer months, nature lovers will have plenty of opportunities for hiking, cycling and enjoying various watersports in the stunning alpine lakes.
Thought this region was only good for those who enjoy exercise? Think again! There are plenty of cultural sites for historians and heritage-lovers to revel in. You’ll find medieval towns, art-deco chalets and age-old alpine traditions, all secreted away in the mountain valleys.
Foodies won’t feel left out either, with an incredible variety of restaurants, bars, markets and more to satisfy après appetites. You’ll get a chance to sample authentic local cuisine as well as dine on international dishes of Michelin-star quality.
Photographers will be equally enthralled with the surroundings as there are stunning vistas everywhere you look, from the snowy mountain peaks and bottomless blue lakes to the charming alpine villages and sublime sunsets.
WINGED BOOTS WISDOM
Remember, no matter which season you choose to visit in, it is always advisable to bring a waterproof jacket and shoes with plenty of grip for out of resort activities.
Good to know
- Time difference: UTC +1
- Currency: EUR
- In A Word: Winter-Wonderland
- Packing Essential: A Warm Coat
Best Time To Travel
|Jan: 2°c||Feb: 3°c||Mar: 7°c|
|Apr: 9°c||May: 15°c||Jun: 18°c|
|Jul: 20°c||Aug: 19°c||Sep: 15°c|
|Oct: 11°c||Nov: 5°c||Dec: 2°c|