Summer holidays in the French Alps with Club Med

If you're considering a summer holiday in the French Alps, you're in for a treat. While the French Alps are renowned for their snow-capped peaks and ski holiday offerings, the summer season in France has its own unique charm. With a wide array of activities available for couples, adventurers and families alike, a summer holiday in the French Alps is an experience not to be missed. Here, Club Med gives its complete guide for all you can expect from summer in the French Alps.

Stunning Scenery

While known mostly for the white mountain vistas of the winter months, the French Alps boast breathtaking natural beauty in the summer too. Lush green meadows, colourful alpine flowers, crystal-clear lakes, and majestic peaks create a picturesque backdrop for your summer holiday. Keen photographers will have no shortage of stunning high altitude landscapes at which to point their lens. The French Alps are dotted with dozens of charming mediaeval and alpine towns, which once the snow lines have retreated, take on a completely different light in summer. La Rosière is a great example of this, steeped in history and tradition, mixing traditional architecture with panoramic views of the Savoyard region.

You will also be able to discover unforgettable views whilst travelling through the French Alps in summer. The Mont Blanc Express winds its way through picturesque alpine villages and lush valleys to offer unrivalled views of – you guessed it – Mont Blanc. Alternatively, the Train des Merveilles takes passengers through the Roya Valley to uncover dramatic gorges and ancient viaducts, all set in spectacular mountain scenery.

Pleasant Weather

The weather in the French Alps in summer offers comfortable temperatures, long daylight hours, and plenty of sunshine. It's a delightful time to explore the mountains, engage in outdoor activities, and revel in the natural beauty of the region. As spring turns to summer in the French Alps, the weather becomes milder, with temperatures in early June ranging from 15°C to 25°C. However, it's important to note that higher elevations and mountain peaks may still have patches of snow during early June, and glacial areas will remain snow covered year round.

In July and August, summer is in full swing in the French Alps. The weather is generally warm and sunny, with average temperatures ranging between 20°C and 30°C in the valleys. At higher altitudes, temperatures can be slightly cooler, especially in the evenings. These months offer the longest days, allowing ample time for outdoor activities and exploration, and the lakes and rivers are perfect for swimming and water sports. There’s still a chance of thunderstorms during the summer in the French Alps, with most occasionally occurring in the afternoon or evening. They’re often short lived, but as with any day out on the mountain, it’s essential to be prepared for all eventualities.


The French Alps are home to an array of hiking trails catering to all levels of expertise. From leisurely strolls to challenging mountain treks, there's something for everyone. Beginners can avoid steep inclines and high altitudes by exploring beautiful valleys and the banks of the rivers Thiou and Isère, while more advanced climbers might prefer to traverse alpine meadows and reach breathtaking viewpoints.

One of the most famous landmarks in the French Alps is of course Mont Blanc, which at 4,807m is the highest peak in the Alps. While climbing the peak is best reserved for the most experienced of climbing enthusiasts, Mont Blanc’s beauty can be appreciated from resort level, or on various hiking routes throughout the region. For those seeking a leisurely hiking option, the Lac Blanc Trail near Chamonix is a popular choice. It’s a moderate hike but rewards walkers with a picture-perfect view of Mont Blanc, reflected in the crystal-clear waters of Lac Blanc. To take advantage of an alpine setting and high altitudes, the Aiguille Rouge - located at 3226m - in Les Arcs features an impressive walkway offering 360 degree breathtaking views of the Swiss, Italian and French Alps.

The GR5 Trail that runs from Lake Geneva all the way to Nice is extensive, but a great choice for hikers looking to cater their holiday to suit their preferences. For a varied route that encompasses quaint alpine villages, lush valleys and dramatic mountain passes, try the section from Chamonix to Biançon. Meanwhile, the Glacier de la Selle reached by the Vallon de la Selle trail boasts a diverse offering of floral and fauna, and is a favourite amongst nature lovers.


The French Alps are a paradise for biking enthusiasts too. Most famously home of the Tour de France, holidaymakers can find an extensive network of road and mountain trails with varying difficulty levels. Whether they’re looking for gentle rides through scenic landscapes, or adrenaline-pumping downhill descents, Club Med’s French mountain resorts can cater to all levels of expertise and offer both road and mountain bikes, as well as e-bike rentals and guided tours.

For holidaymakers who want to make the most of all that mountain biking has to offer, without the physical strain, take advantage of cable cars and chairlifts to access higher altitudes without such intense uphill climbs – and reserving your energy for the thrill of downhill. Or try e-bikes and let the assistance of uphill flow give you a helping hand.

One of the most famous cycling routes in the French Alps is the 21 hairpin bends of the Tour de France, a gruelling ascent up to Alpe d’Huez. It’s a must for Tour enthusiasts, but certainly not for the faint of heart. Another option for seasoned road cyclists is the Col de l’Iseran trail in Val d’Isere. Sitting at an elevation of 2,770m, it’s the highest paved mountain pass in Europe. It’s a tough climb for even proficient riders, but the stunning panoramic views of the French Alps in summer make it worthwhile.

Water Sports

The whole French Alps range is dotted with stunning lakes and rivers, offering numerous water sports and activities. You can indulge in fresh water swimming, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, or simply relax on the shores while enjoying some magical mountain views.

Lake Annecy has earned its status as the ‘Pearl of the French Alps’ thanks to its crystal-clear turquoise waters. Surrounded by lush greenery and mediaeval villages including its namesake town of Annecy, it’s a perfect location for a tranquil holiday in the French Alps. The calm waters are ideal for beginners or families looking to try their hand at the various water sports on offer.

Tignes is also the perfect playground for water sports enthusiasts. Winter Skiers will likely have crossed the frozen Lac de Tignes without evening noticing, but in summer, the ice thaws and water travels down directly from the Grande Motte Glacier. The result is a stunning turquoise lake fit for fair weather holiday makers and adrenaline junkies alike. Along with the likes of swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding, thrill seekers can try their hand at hot jumping. The summer holiday equivalent of ski jumping, these slides sitting on the edge of the Lac de Tignes will launch you from up to 12m high down into the crystal clear waters below.

Wellness and Relaxation

The French Alps offer numerous wellness retreats and spa resorts where you can rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. Enjoy soothing massages, thermal baths, yoga sessions, and other wellness activities amidst the serene mountain surroundings. It's the perfect place to unwind and recharge.

Spend an afternoon enjoying the summer sun by one of Club Med’s outdoor swimming pools, and take in the panoramic views of the French Alps all around. Or make use of the free facilities including saunas and jacuzzis at your leisure. For an added treat, try booking one of Club Med Spa by Cinq Mondes’ tailored treatment packages – up to 6 hours of face and body treatments for you to enjoy across your holiday. Yoga by Heberson is also included at resorts including Club Med Val d’Isere, either in studio or on the terrace to make the most of the summer weather and mountain setting. With sessions for adults as well as families, there’s an accessible way for everyone to get involved and relax, with the help of the beauty of the French Alps.

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