2012 Mountain activities
If you are looking for family holidays in a preserved natural environment with magnificent scenery, in a place where tourism is synonymous with harmony.
If you are looking for family holidays in a preserved natural environment with magnificent scenery, in a place where tourism is synonymous with harmony. France Montagnes has compiled information about more than 300 resort-villages and gives advice to prepare your holidays in the mountain setting that suits you -geo-localisation of resorts, weather, webcams and a detailed programme of a cascade of activities and events.You will also discover a mine of clever deals for breaks, up-to-date information on local summer events and news for gentle or steep slopes.
Here are some of the distinctive places you can find in your trip through the mountains:
Aussois lies on a sunny slope, in the magnificent setting of the Haute-Maurienne, on the edge of the Vanoise National Park.Within reach of marmots and ibex, this is the time to use your hiking boots on the trails, via ferrata, giant Tyrolean traverses, climbing routes…or to venture inside the walls of the Eseillon forts.
Val d’Allos-le Seignus features alpine summits in the mild Haute-Provence region.In the heart of the Mercantour, the glacier-formed lac d’Allos - the gem of the municipality - claims to be the largest natural high-altitude lake, at 2 228 metres over 54 hectares and a depth of 48 metres. For children, the resort offers pushchair rentals.
At the Italian border, near the cols of the Mont and the Rocher Blanc, Saint-Foy-en-Tarantaise offers the charm of its century-old hamlets with11 000 hectares of a contrasted terrain between 890 m and 3 746 metres at the Grand Sassière.It is an ideal place for a break to enjoy alpine pastures or discover the rich cultural heritage.
The village of Angles nestles on the highest cultivated plain in Europe, on the plateau du Capcir in the north of the Pyrenees Orientales, dominated by the Péric and Madres peaks.It is a place for hiking, horse-riding or dog-sled excursions in the Matte forest.The month of August is rich in events with the “Festicalal’Angles”, full of traditional Catalan festivals, as well as meeting with shepherds at the end of August.
The Lac Blanc resort is perched on the Alsace side of the Vosges.Nature invites you to escape in the natural heart of the Ballon des Vosges.In addition to the glacial circus of Lac Blanc, the typical villages of the Kayserberg and Orbey valleys offer the charm and traditions of the authentic Alsace region.You must not miss the barefoot trail at Lac Blanc, to feel in harmony with nature.
Saint-Sorlin d’Arves is a village with character in the Maurienne, at the foot of the col de la croix de Fer and opposite the Etendard glacier.Keen cyclists will love the mountain-biking package or the week cycling break from 7th to 14th July, between the Tour de France and the Arvan Villards cyclo-sport event.