Walking, mountain-biking and more
Today more people than ever before are heading to the mountain areas of France for summer holidays. At altitude things are cooler, cleaner and more natural – perfect, in fact, for a whole range of activities from walking and mountain-biking to via ferrata and hang-gliding. The recent revolution in on-mountain accommodation means that you can now expect real quality and comfort, too.
An historic sport growing in popularity
In France via ferrata have become very popular with those in search of sporting activity, and there are via ferrata to suit all tastes and aspirations.
Riding the world's greatest cable-car, from Chamonix up to the Aiguille du Midi.
Hike through the heart of the Alps
A walking tour of the Beaufortain, a route in an area known as Little Switzerland for it's remarkable scenery.
The lost Alpine route in the Vallée de l'Ubaye
Once a key route for military supplies, the Route du Parpaillon is popular for walkers and cyclists and offers stunning mountain scenery.
Exploring the trails in and around Les Saisies
You don't have to pedal up a mountain to enjoy real mountain-biking, as we discovered at one of the French Alps' most popular activity centres.
Ride the spectacular tramway
The legendary Tramway du Mont-Blanc, Le Fayet and Saint Gervais to the Nid d'Aigle.
Take a fresh look at altitude holidays
Increasing numbers of visitors are discovering that summer at high-altitude offers so much more than two weeks lazing on a beach.
Enjoying everything the mountains offer
10 of the best summer activities and things to do in the mountains.
High-altitude walking tour in the Vanoise National Park
Mark Tennent from Simply Savoie describes a walking tour of the Vanoise National Park, a route sometimes known as the Tour des Glaciers de la Vanoise.
Exploring the trails and villages in the Beaufortain
The Beaufortain is perfect for a relaxed walking holiday with gentle trails over pasture and through forest with stunning scenery all around.