The French Alps offer some of the most famous skiing areas in the world, including resorts such as Chamonix, Courcheval and Grenoble.
But when the snow melts in Spring, the whole area turns into a paradise for walkers and nature-lovers. Our parcs at Annecy put all of the splendours of the French and Swiss Alps within reach, while our parc at Le Bourg D’Oisans opens up the entire Romanche Valley and the stunning Les Ecrins National Park.
These Eurocamp parcs are surprisingly accessible however, with TGV services running direct from Paris to Annecy, and both Geneva and Chambery airports within easy reach for those who prefer to fly-drive.
Annecy itself is one of the most attractive towns in the Alps, sitting at the northern tip of Lac d’Annecy. Le Chateau d’Annecy looks down over the town, and is well worth a visit, not least for the fabulous views it gives over the lake.
In the town itself, the old quarter is a patchwork of medieval arcades, bridges and canals, while the 12th Century Palais de l’Isle that lies in the middle of the canal is also a popular attraction. Lake Geneva, or Lac Léman, as the French know it is also a splendid site, as is the city of Geneva itself.
The real beauty of the Alps though is found up in the mountains, and the terrain around Bourg D’Oisans opens up the whole mountain range, with its vast resources of white peaks, glaciers and shimmering waterfalls.
As with most alpine areas, the food tends to be on the hearty side in this region, but the local speciality of Tartiflette, a potato dish made with the local Reblochon cheese is delicious nonetheless.
If your heart isn't set on a skiing holiday why not take a look at Eurocamp's other campsites in France before you choose your campsite.
While most people enjoy camping in the French Alps for the views, there are also a number of attractions that are well worth visiting:
Set high above the city on a mountaintop, the Bastille was once an important line of defence on the alpine frontier. Today it is served by the oldest cable car in France, enabling visitors to enjoy magnificent views of the city and the Alps.
Albertville Olympic Museum
Albertville hosted the 1992 Winter Olympics, reinvigorating the local ski area and economy in the process. This fascinating exhibition looks at the planning behind the event, as well as the sports and the stars involved.
The Chartreuse Cellars, Voiron
The Chartreuse Monks have been distilling their famous liqueur here since 1764 and are still pleased to welcome visitors on a free tour of the distillery and the longest liqueur cellar in the world, complete with a free tasting.
Grotte et Cascade de Seythenex
Offering a 40 minute guided tour of underground galleries and passages, as well as a magnificent 45m high waterfall, Seythenex is one of the most popular attractions in the French Alps.
Chateau de Menthon, St Bernard
High above the commune of Menthon stands this elaborate chateau which still contains many of its original furnishings. At weekends and public holidays, actors in period costumes make the historic effect complete.
Chateau de Montrottier
This fine medieval castle stands between the foothills of the Alps and the river Rhône and displays a large collection of furniture, ceramics, weapons, tapestries and objects brought back from Africa and Asia.
Les Jardins Secrets
A hidden gem in the Haute-Savoie, the secret gardens at Vaulx offer you more than 7,000m sq of unusual and extraordinary gardens in a variety of styles, including the Pleasure Garden, Andalusia Garden and Apothecary's Garden.
Le Palais de I’lle
Reached from the main part of Annecy by a bridge and surrounded by water on three sides, Le Palais de I’lle has a grand and beautiful gothic façade that belies its past as a prison. Today it houses a museum which is very much worth visiting.
L’Aquarium du Lac du Bourget
Situated on the edge of the largest natural lake in France at Aix-les-Bains, the aquarium is home to over 50 species of fish and also features a ‘touch pool’ that is always a favourite with younger visitors.
Parc de Merlet
This animal park in the mountains offers spectacular views as well as the chance to see marmottes, deer, lama and chamois in their natural habitat. Situated in Les Houches, it is well worth the drive for every nature lover.
Walibi Park Rhone-Alpes
This large theme park featuring the Walibi characters offers a host of rides suitable for all ages, but including the white-knuckle Tomahawk, Boomerang and SkunX Tower for older children and teens.
Mountain biking, or VTT as they call it in France is very popular here, and you will find bikes for hire and VTT courses all over the Alps. Keen cyclists can also try the 21-hairpin climb to Alp d’Huez, and receive a free certificate if they are successful.
There are suitable walking routes for all abilities here, and you will find that official maps of the top 25 GR (Grand Randonnée) GRP (Sentiers de Grande Randonnée de Pays) and PR (Sentiers de Promenade) routes in newsagents and bookshops.
White water rafting
Every spring, the thawing snow turns many rivers in the alps into fast-moving white water courses, and you will find opportunities for rafting and canoeing at a number of locations, including Morzine and Morillon.
Camping in the French Alps puts you close to a large number of equestrian where you can enjoy horse and pony riding through forest trails and across lovely meadows amidst the spectacular mountain scenery.
The P'tit bal Perdu, Annecy
Held every Sunday from the end of June till the beginning of September in the Jardins de l’Europe, this series of open air concerts offers a variety of atmospheric and nostalgic entertainments.
Annecy Classical Music Festival
A week-long festival usually held at the end of August, the Annecy Classical Music Festival features concerts from some of the best-known names in classical music today.
Like many mountainous regions, the cuisine of the French Alps is on the hearty side, with an emphasis on pasta, potatoes and cheese:
Enjoying flawless mountain views from its elegantly terraced pitches, Les Fontaines offers superb facilities and a magnificent setting, making it an ideal base for exploration.
Surrounded by the mighty Alps and close to the shores of Lake Annecy, La Ravoire is a small and peaceful parc and the ideal base from which to explore this lovely region.
With its perfect alpine setting, this tranquil parc close to the village of Doussard offers both spectacular scenery and a wonderful region for walking and cycling.
A small and friendly parc offering lots of activities, it lies on the edge of the Les Ecrins national park, a stunning area of glaciers, peaks, lakes and waterfalls.
Nestling below the towering Mont Blanc massif, Chamonix couldn't be more dramatically situated. Considered by many to be the premier resort to head for if mountains and good life, Alpinestyle, are your thing, Chamonix is as cool as it gets.
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