Now that summer holidays may be a possibility lots of us find ourselves looking at alternatives to busy beach destinations.
So it is no wonder that more people than ever consider a holiday in the mountains. With vast open places, no crowds, plenty of activities to choose from this year could be the perfect time to try it.
Here is a list of some of our favourite destinations and a few ideas on what you can do while on holiday in the Alps in the summer.
Zermatt is the dream destination for anyone who enjoys beautiful scenery, great food and fantastic hospitality. The town lies at the foot of the famous Matterhorn and offers plenty of different activities in the summer. If you are after a relaxing holiday, there are some amazing hotels and pleasant walks around town. It is also possible to go up the famous Gornergrat railway or any of the numerous cablecars to experience the views from higher up. If you like hiking, then you can do as much as you want around Zermatt, and the views are incredible in every direction.
For those of you that can’t wait until the winter, you can actually have a pretty good ski in Zermatt during the summer months up on the glacier.
To get to Zermatt you can either take the train, or be driven as far as Täsch from where you can get picked up in an electric taxi or jump on the train.
Chamonix is a mecca for fans of all mountain sports in Europe. Tourists have been visiting this charming French town at the foot of Mt Blanc for centuries. It used to take 2 weeks to reach Chamonix from London. Now it’s a short flight to Geneva airport followed by a quick transfer, so it’s a great destination for a weekend break in the summer. The views are second to none and there is a whole range of activities to keep you busy while you are holidaying in Chamonix in the summer. Why not try white water rafting or a round of golf on a spectacular course? Chamonix is also a great destination if you are planning a summer holiday for the whole family holiday. Kids will enjoy riding the Montenvers train and visiting the ice cave or they can try a bit of mountain climbing on a climbing wall. There is also a swimming pool in Chamonix or they can go horse riding or try one of the adventure parks.
Chamonix is also really well setup for both hikers and mountain bikers with a great network of well signed trails.
Chamonix even has a Casino to keep the grown ups entertained if the thrills offered by nature aren’t quite enough for you.
Get prices on transfers to Chamonix here.
The hills are alive with the sound of music… Sorry, couldn’t stop myself… Whether you love or hate (impossible) the Sound of Music you will have to agree that the Austrian Alps make a stunning destination in the summer.
There are literally hundreds of places where you can have a fantastic summer holiday in the Austrian alps, but we had to choose one and so we have gone with Kitzbühel. For lovers of walking in the mountains, the region around Kitzbühel has over 2500km of well marked walking trails. Mountain bikers are also at home in the region with lots of trails that will suit all abilities. If you like the idea of traversing the alps on two wheels but not the idea of pedalling, then the good news is that the Kitzbüheler Alpen area is pioneering the use of electric bikes with 1,000km of dedicated trails.
Another bonus about visiting this region in the summer is the Kitzbüheler Alpen Summer Card. With this card you can access 29 cable cars and it also entitles you to discounts at lots of attractions.
To get to Kitzbühel you can fly to Munich or Innsbruck and then get private transfers to Kitzbühel.
Morzine and Les Gets
The neighbouring villages of Morzine and Les Gets are getting more and more popular for people looking to spend active holidays in the alps during the summer months. They are probably best known for their epic mountain bike trails, but there is so much more going on than that. There is golf, white water rafting, tennis, swimming, summer luge, spas, paragliding, paint balling, horse riding and hiking to name but a few…
One of the best reasons to visit Morzine or Les Gets in the summer is the Portes du Soleil Multipass, which for just 2€ per day allows you to use many of the lifts, cablecars and leisure facilities during your holiday.