The world’s largest connected ski area, mouth-watering delicacies and France’s ‘Little Venice’ are just a few of the amazing attractions in the French Alps you’re about to discover.
SKIING HOLIDAY IN THE FRENCH ALPS
The best skiing destinations combine natural snow, quality slopes and beautiful mountains. That’s why so many people choose to go on skiing holidays in the French Alps.
These mountains are home to the largest connected ski area in the world, Les 3 Vallées. This high-altitude area is guaranteed snow and contains seven world-class ski resorts, 180 lifts, 600 km of skiing on 330 marked runs and epic far-reaching views of pine forests and snowy mountains.
Thanks to the ski lifts and skiing trails that connect many towns and villages in the French Alps, it’s possible to plot, then slide away on your own unique Alpine skiing tour. If you’re an advanced skier, here you’ll also find plenty of off-piste skiing opportunities.
But no need to worry if you’re not. The diverse terrain of the French Alps means skiing runs here vary greatly in size, style and difficulty. There are wide, gently sloping runs perfect for those who have just strapped on skis for the first time, fast and twisting runs that are great fun for the more experienced, and technical runs to challenge even the most seasoned pros.
CHEESE AND WINE
French food is delicious, and food in the French Alps is no exception. An essential part of the French Alps holiday experience is the taste of local dishes such as fondue, cheeses such as Tome de Savoie and cakes such as Gateau de Savoie. Try washing down these delights with a glass of Mondeuse wine or the liqueur made from Alpine flowers, Genepi.
For the best dining experiences in the French Alps, seek out the little restaurants tucked away down the side streets of local towns and villages.
local markets are great places to pick up cheap, fresh, local ingredients. You’ll find stalls offering cheeses, jams, fruits, Alpine honey and all sorts of other local delicacies. Add any of those to your cooking and you’ll be adding a dash of magical French tastiness along with them.
WALKING HOLIDAYS IN THE FRENCH ALPS
As summer nears, the white of many Alpine mountain slopes melts away to reveal a bright shade of leafy green. As it does, these mountains change from a skiing destination to one perfect for walking adventures.
Visual delights you’ll get the chance to see on a walking holiday in the French Alps include the crooked pyramid peak of the Matterhorn, the gravity-defying climbing skills of ibexes and continuously unfolding views of mountains, lakes and valleys.
Walking routes in the French Alps vary in length and difficulty all the way from relaxing strolls of just a few hours to long distance hikes that take several days to complete. To find out about five of the best walks and hikes in the Alps, read Top 5 hikes and treks to do in the French Alps.
SIGHTSEEING IN THE ALPS
Any must-see list on a French Alps holiday should include at least one of these amazing attractions.
Aiguille du Midi
Ride Europe’s highest cable car to a James Bond lair-style mountain-top centre with a restaurant, viewing platforms and panoramic views over Mont Blanc and the tops of the Alps.
Lake Leman (Lake Geneva) is Western Europe’s largest freshwater lake. Pretty and tranquil, it lies on the border of France and Switzerland and is home to many historic towns and sites.
Climb aboard this famous red train to experience one of the world’s great mountain railway journeys. Along the way, you’ll see views of glaciers and famous mountain peaks. You’ll also get the chance to stop off and explore a series of ice caves.
‘Little Venice’ as this fairy tale French town is also known, lies beside a turquoise lake surrounded by mountains. Its medieval town centre is crisscrossed by canals and overlooked by a castle.
HOW TO GET TO THE FRENCH ALPS
The Alps are well-connected to the French motorway network. You can easily reach them by car, motorhome or tourer.
If you plan to catch the train, you can hop aboard France’s regular or high-speed lines.
The fastest way to travel to a holiday in the French Alps is by plane. The best airports to fly to are Grenoble-Isère Airport and Geneva Airport.
HOLIDAY PARKS IN FRANCE NEAR THE ALPS
Our holiday parks in France include a selection in and near the Alps that are members of the award-winning Yelloh franchise. All feature:
- Swimming pools
- Water parks
- Kids clubs
- Touring pitches
- Holiday homes for rent
Many also have wellness spas and tent pitches. Some offer glamping accommodation including safari tents and shepherds huts.
FIND YOUR FRENCH ALPS HOLIDAY
Yelloh Village holiday parks in the French Alps are easy to spot. Just look for the listings with titles that mention family holidays in the Alps. Click the links below to find the perfect one for your French Alps Holiday.