Mountain activities are more and more fun, to attract participants looking for new experiences and sensations.Here are three types of summer walks that are part of this trend:barefoot, aquatic and geocaching Barefoot walk:astonishing sensations
Originally from Switzerland and Germany, barefoot walking has started to appear in France. La Ferme Aventure (the Adventure Farm) in La Chapelle-aux-Bois (Vosges) has really thrown itself into this activity.
After following the exploits of the Tour de France riders, thousands of amateur cyclists are inspired to climb the legendary slopes. Cyclo-sport events – races that are open to all, with semi-professionals riding alongside Sunday cyclists - are now widespread. Here is just a small selection, which also allow you to take in the scenery!<:strong> The Vercors Ladies Challenge (25th May)
One of the most photogenic animals, the marmot lives in the French Alps (Vanoise, Écrins, Vercors, Queyras, Mercantour…), the Pyrénées, the Massif Central, the Vosges and the Jura. Here are some ideas for walks where you are almost sure to see them up quite close. Binoculars will, however, let you observe without disturbing them. The best times are when they eat, early in the morning and at the end of the day.
Benoît Vidal – l'Atelier d'Edmond Julien Gatillon – Chalet du Mont d’Arbois Le nouveau panoramic – Jean-Michel Bouvier VAL D’ISÈRE
We have selected ten of the best addresses for you, with original treatment ideas for a different taste of the mountains. Deep Nature Spa in Arc 1950 A new wellness centre has opened at Arc 1950, at the Residence Les Sources de Marie (open to all).In a 1000 m² setting, its grotto design, with a mineral space of wood and rock,includes baths, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, swimming pool, volcanic grotto, a succession of experience showers, and a manicure area and hair spa. Tel.04 79 41 42 90
It was a real hit at the Hameau de Pierre Blanche (Les Houches) and this winter, the CGH hotel group will roll out its trendy new concept - a spa specially for children – across all 15 of its Alpine residences. Every Wednesday, the spa will be reserved for six to 16 year olds, by appointment. Dorothy Bouteillec, director of Spas & Beauté Montagne, has developed some very special treatments with help from After the Rain, a Swiss cosmetics brand.
Each year, the mountains gain popularity as a summer destination. Karim Soleilhavoup, Director of commercial development of Pierre&Vacances, Pierre&Vacances Premium and Maeva, tells us more about this phenomenon. The mountains are attracting more and more visitors each summer. What is the reason for this success ?