If you are looking to swap the crowded beaches and bustling city centres for serene peace, then spending your summer holidays in the Alps is the perfect choice for you, your family, and your friends. The advantages of an Alps summer holiday are that you have adventure, history, culture, nature and relaxation available to you at any moment. The cool mountain air helps to escape the sticky and humid cities with the large Alpine mountain ranges and valleys providing the most stunning backdrop!

In this blog post, we will guide you through all that you need to know to plan the perfect summer holiday in the Alps. From all the top activities, attractions and hiking trails, we have you covered. We will also provide suggestions for accommodation options that will cater to all types of travellers, no matter your group’s size or needs.

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Summer in the Alps

Known internationally as a winter wonderland, the Alps go through a stunning transformation in the summer months, becoming a lush area great for nature lovers who want to take in the fresh air of the great outdoors. The Alps stretch across 8 countries, including France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Monaco, and Liechtenstein, with each region contributing its unique touch to the Alpine environment.

Usually, the summer has a pleasantly warm temperature during the day, ranging from 20°C to 25°C, which is ideal for hiking, climbing, and mountain biking. But be aware that the evenings cool off significantly, so it’s a good idea to pack long trousers and sweaters.

Throughout the Alps, you can explore lakes, forests and even some mountain peaks that remain snow-capped throughout the warmer season. It’s the perfect destination for your summer holidays to unwind in nature.

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Top activities and attractions for alpine summer adventures

The Alps are a paradise for any outdoor enthusiast. From mountain biking to rock climbing and paragliding, there’s so much to experience surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of these mountain ranges.

Mountain biking

Mountain biking in the Alps is not for the faint of heart, as it’s an exhilarating way to explore the area. In Switzerland, the Zermatt area has trails like the Moos-Trail, perfect for beginners, while experienced riders can handle the challenging downhill runs from Gornergrat. In France, the Portes du Soleil region has over 600 kilometres of marked trails and the popular Col de I’Iseran pass that is typically open from June to October.

Rock climbing

The Chamonix Valley in France is a world-renowned climbing destination, with routes like the Aiguille du Midi and Les Gaillands, suitable for various skill levels. In Switzerland, the Grimsel Pass area is famous for its granite slabs. We suggest registering for a guided climbing tour for your holiday. This will aid in your safety and their expert advice will guarantee that you will enjoy the excursion to its fullest.

Paragliding

If you’re looking for a truly unique experience, why not opt for a bird’s-eye view of the Alps in summer? Paragliding is an unforgettable experience that we highly recommend. Although this is an activity strictly for those who like the rush of adrenaline, we highly recommend it as it’s a lasting memory you will cherish of your summer holidays in the Alps.

Water activities

During your summer Alps holidays, you must enjoy the crystal-clear lakes that are perfect for water sports. Although the temperatures of the water are a bit cool (as glaciers feed into the lakes), it is ideal for kayaking and rafting. The Rhône River in Switzerland is a must-do if you’re a fan of white-water rapids.

If you’re looking for a more laid-back experience, why not plan a picnic by the lakeside and enjoy a refreshing dip?

Popular hiking trails

The Alps are home to some of the most famous hiking trails in the world like Col des Fours, and the Ultra Trails of Mont Cenis, which are two iconic hiking experiences that take place in the warmer seasons. What we suggest is to plan and find a clear path and trail that fits your activity and strength level. Come prepared for a day out in the mountains, remembering to bring bug spray, a hat, comfortable hiking shoes, water and snacks.

Safety tips:

  • Always check the weather forecast before heading out.
  • Stay hydrated and take frequent breaks.
  • Stay on the marked trails.
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Family-friendly activities in the Alps

When planning your Alps summer holidays, it’s important to find activities that the whole family can enjoy. Luckily, there is a wide range of fun excursions that everyone can take part in, from smaller children to older teenagers.

If you are a family who loves the great outdoors, there are nature walks and educational trails that you can explore. For example, in Switzerland, the Marmot Trail in Zermatt is a great option since it has informative signs about local wildlife and vegetation clearly marked. Similarly, the Sentier des Marmottes in France’s Vanoise National Park provides an easy hike with plenty of opportunities to spot marmots and learn about the area’s ecosystem. If you are looking for an adventure park or playground, there are many throughout the towns in the Alps.

Cultural experiences that mix fun with learning are another great way to keep kids entertained. Throughout the summer, many towns and villages throughout the Alps host numerous local festivals, celebrating traditional music, dance, and cuisine. Additionally, there are plenty of museums and historical sites that provide guided tours and special programs for children.

Enjoy your summer Alps holidays

Enjoying an Alps summer holiday gives you and your family a unique experience of outdoor adventures and cultural activities that cater to all ages and interests. From hiking iconic trails and exploring nature walks to enjoying the local culture, the Alps are a great summer holiday destination.

When it comes to finding the perfect place to stay, Alpvision Residences offers a variety of accommodations tailored to meet the needs of couples and larger families. Whether you’re looking for a cosy flat, a charming cabin, or a spacious cottage, Alpvision has something perfectly suited to your needs.

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