There’s nowhere quite like the Alps during Summer.
The first thing you imagine is lush green valleys, dramatic scenery, warm sunshine, mountain air and crystal clear lakes - It can make you feel healthier just thinking about it.
But there are so many other reasons to go there. Below are a few of our favourite Summer Alpine destinations along with what we would recommend there.
(Photo: Alpin Roc, Verbier)
Best for: Festivals & Events
Highlights: The following events are real highlights this Summer but in between there’s plenty of hiking, pampering, fantastic restaurants and fitness programmes on offer.
Montreux Jazz Festival: 1st – 16th July
Verbier Classical Music Festival: 22nd July – 7th August
Jumping International de Verbier: 14th – 23rd August
Alpin Roc for breath-taking views and sublime luxury
No. 5 Apt 5 for centre of town convenience and al fresco dining on the terrace
(Photo: Amazon Creek, Chamonix)
Best for: Adventure
Highlights: Possibly the Alpine Mecca of adventure sports including (but certainly not limited to) Climbing, Rafting, Canoeing, Via Ferrata (Alpine Scrambling), paragliding and much, much more with adventure specialists like Evolution 2. But the town is also large enough for great shopping and plenty of good restaurants offering the opportunity to sit in the sun with a carafe of wine after lunch while the more energetic climb or leap off mountains.
Amazon Creek for its incredible garden and outdoor pool
Les Rives d’Argentiere for individuality & its hamlet of luxury accommodation
Morzine & Les Gets
(Photo: Ferme de Moudon, Les Gets)
Best for: Yoga & Cycling
Highlights: With a network of picturesque towns & villages dotted through the Porte du Soleil area you could spend happy days wandering through them soaking up the best of a Summer Alpine atmosphere. To complete your relaxing escape you can make the most of yoga, indoors & out, but should you want to exert yourself more so the cycling is fantastic (both road and mountain biking)
Twenty26 for its extensive Spa facilities
Ferme de Moudon for its seclusion and views
(Photo: The Backstage Loft, Zermatt)
Best for: Glacier Skiing, Food, & Golf
Highlights: Being a picturesque car-free resort it would be tempting enough to spend a week strolling through the resort, soaking up the fresh mountain air and making the most of the fantastic array of high-end restaurants. But should you want more, key activities include glacier skiing 365 days a year, golf on the Matterhorn course. Paragliding and snow/ice/rock climbing.
The Backstage Loft for the ‘wow’ factor & hot-tub views
The Zermatt Lodge for its central location and attention to detail