Summer holidays in the Alps

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Summer holidays in the Alps means stunning scenery with breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, pristine lakes and rolling meadows. Here’s our pick of some of the best summer adventures in the Alps.


The Alps are renowned for their spectacular hiking trails, with stunning vistas and challenging terrain. Some popular hiking destinations include the Tour du Mont Blanc, the Haute Route and the Dolomites. The Alps caters to hikers of all levels, from beginner to advanced. Many trails are relatively easy to access and can be reached by public transportation or car. Additionally, there are many well-marked trails, making it easier for hikers to navigate their way around the mountains.

Mountain biking

The Alps are a paradise for mountain bikers, with countless trails and stunning scenery. Some of the best mountain biking destinations include the Portes du Soleil, Verbier, and the Aosta Valley. Discover steep descents, technical climbs and challenging terrain. Mountain bikers will discover beautiful landscapes: mountains, forests, and valleys.  The terrain offers a wide variety of challenges from technical single tracks to smooth flow trails. There are trails for beginners as well as experienced riders, so anyone can enjoy the sport in the Alps. Many ski resorts in the Alps have invested heavily in mountain biking infrastructure. Bikers will find lift access to trails, rental shops, and bike parks.

Water sports

The Alps are also home to a number of lakes and rivers. Some popular activities include rafting, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding. White-water rafting trips range from beginner-level to advanced, depending on the level of rapids and the length of the trip. Canyoning involves navigating through narrow canyons and ravines by jumping, sliding, and abseiling down waterfalls and cliffs. The Alps offer many canyoning experiences for those seeking a thrill. The lakes and rivers are ideal for kayaking and canoeing, with options ranging from peaceful lakes to challenging rapids. Stand-up paddle-boarding (SUP) is a relatively new water sport in the Alps, but is becoming increasingly popular. Finally, swimming can be enjoyed in the many lakes and rivers throughout the Alps.


The Alps offer some of the best paragliding in the world. Paragliding is the ultimate way to enjoy summer holidays in the Alps. It offers stunning views and challenging flying conditions. Popular paragliding destinations include Chamonix, Interlaken, and the Ötztal Alps. Paragliders will get a bird’s eye view of some of the most stunning and dramatic landscapes in the world: snow-capped peaks, pristine lakes, and valleys. The Alps offer a range of options for both beginners and experienced pilots. There are many qualified instructors and guides available. Many resorts offer tandem flights for those who want to experience paragliding for the first time.

Via Ferrata

The Alps are home to numerous via ferrata routes, including the Dolomites, the Bernese Oberland, and the Mont Blanc massif. A via ferrata is a protected climbing route that allows non-experts to safely access high-altitude terrain. It involves following a series of cables, ladders, and bridges that have been installed on steep rock faces. It is possible to climb steep rock faces without the need for advanced technical skills. Via ferrata routes are accessible to all from beginners to experienced climbers. The Alps offer a wide range of via ferrata routes, from family-friendly options to more challenging routes.


The Alps are also a world-class destination for climbers, with some of the most challenging peaks in the world. Some popular climbing destinations include the Matterhorn, the Eiger, and the Mont Blanc massif. The Alps have a rich history of mountaineering, with many of the world’s most famous climbers and ascents having taken place here. You’ll find a range of climbing options for all levels, from easy routes to challenging and technical climbs. There are many experienced guides and instructors available.

Road cycling

The Alps are famous for their challenging mountain passes, making it a popular destination for road cyclists. Some of the most famous climbs include Alpe d’Huez, the Col du Galibier, and the Stelvio Pass. Road cycling in the Alps is a popular activity for both amateur and professional cyclists. Cycling requires physical endurance, mental focus, and technical skill. The high-altitude climbs, steep descents, and changing weather conditions make it an exciting and unpredictable activity.

For more on summer holidays in the Alps see Hiking in the Alps

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