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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.
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.
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Good to know

  • Time difference: UTC +1
  • Currency: EUR
  • In A Word: Winter-Wonderland
  • Packing Essential: A Warm Coat

Best Time To Travel

Average Temperatures
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  


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French Alps in a Nutshell

  • Get your boots on! Hiking is a must for all outdoor enthusiasts while in the Alps. With the refreshing Alpine air, jaw-dropping views, lush landscapes and pristine woodlands, meadows and lakes, this is a true paradise for hikers.  
  • Fancy yourself as the next big thing in the world of cycling? Then you’ll want to check out some of the incredible routes and tours that take place here from the Giro d’Italia to the Tour de France. Tracks will lead you over green valleys, mountain passes and across waterfalls, so what are you waiting for? Don your helmet and slip into your Lycra!
  • Bored of the traditional up-and-down slope action? Why not give cross-country skiing a go? There are plenty of places to try it out here as the mountains create the ideal terrain for this long-distance snow sesh.  

  • There are restaurants and eateries everywhere you look at the French ski resorts so instead of listing a few, we thought we’d give you some menu-based recommendations that are essential when holidaying in the Alps.  
  • First up is Tartiflette. A well-known Savoyard dish, this not-to-be-missed speciality is ideal as a warmer after a long day in the snow. A gratin comprising potatoes, cheese, lardons and onions, it’s nothing short of phenomenal. And the best place to get it? Undoubtedly Albiez, where the cheese is made locally. 
  • If you prefer something sweeter, you can do no better than a Saint-Genix. A brioche-style bake with red praline and icing, this confectionary is a perfect pick-me-up when the slopes have sapped your energy. You can find this speciality in most boulangeries, so no need to hunt across the Alps for it! 
  • For adults only, a classic après-ski treat is vin chaud. Literally translated as ‘hot wine’ you’ll find that this very similar to the English mulled wine. It’s an ideal for post-slope dining and will warm the cockles of your heart in no time. 

After Dark Destinations 
  • If you’re looking for live bands, crafty cocktails and a lively atmosphere, then look no further than Chambre Neuf, one of Chamonix’s most popular bars. Also open daily for coffee, lunch, and dinner, here you’ll be able to work off the day’s muscle tension by partying until the small hours.
  • One of the Alps’ most renowned après-ski venues, La Folie Douce in Val d’Isere is a European sensation. Located part way up the mountain slope, skiers are able to zoom right in, while those on foot can take a cable car up. All outdoors, you’ll dance on the tables, watch cabaret shows and dine on some delicious dishes.
  • In the centre of Meribel, the famous Le Poste de Secours offers a luxurious venue for letting your hair down. One of the most stylish bars in town, you can expect a refined atmosphere and an impressive selection of cocktails and champagnes to choose from. 

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