Holidays in the Alps

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The Alps Overview

Visiting The Alps

Flying over the French Alps your view is of beautiful, but forbidding, towering peaks. Yet in these mountains are some of the most famous skiing areas in the world, visited by celebrities and mere mortals, who can’t wait to get on the piste. But snow news is good news, and when the snow melts in spring, the whole area turns into a paradise for walkers, nature-lovers and sports enthusiasts.

Feel The Alps

It’s all about fresh. Take in the fresh air, fresh blooms, fresh food, fresh scenery, fresh experiences (and did I mention the fresh air)? This region, like no other, is where you’ll refresh your senses, whether taking in the scene in its famous towns, or admiring the beauty of the Alps through the terrain around Bourg D’Oisans with its vast resources of white peaks, glaciers and shimmering waterfalls.

Explore The Alps

Our parcs at Annecy put all 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.

Getting to these Eurocamp parcs is easy, with TGV services running direct from Paris to Annecy. And both Geneva and Chambery airports are within easy reach for those who prefer to fly-drive.

Towns like Annecy, Grenoble, Lake Geneva, Chamonix and many, many more conjure up the magic of this stairway to the stars.

Places to visit - Sightseeing

While most people enjoy camping in the French Alps for the views, there are also a number of attractions that are well worth visiting:

Grenoble Bastille
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.

Great for younger kids

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.

Great for older kids

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.

Places to visit - Activities & events

Cycling
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.

Hiking
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.

Horse riding
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.

Unmissable events in the French Alps

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.

Places to visit - Eating out

Like many mountainous regions, the cuisine of the French Alps is on the hearty side, with an emphasis on pasta, potatoes and cheese:

  • Tartiflette – a hearty dish made of Reblochon cheese and potato which is quite delicious, and great fuel if you’re walking or cycling here.
  • Raclette -  a wonderful dish where raclette cheese is melted before being scraped onto the diner’s plate, often accompanied by baked potato, ham and pickles.
  • Crozets – tiny squares of buckwheat pasta, often served with melted cheese.
  • Clairette de Die – one of France’s best-kept secrets, this sparkling wine makes a very acceptable alternative to Champagne.

Campsites in region

Camping Les Fontaines, Annecy Lathuile, The Alps
Camping Les Fontaines | Annecy Doussard

Rushing waterfalls, labyrinthine caves and soaring mountains, when you’ve the French Alps as a backdrop you really don’t have to try too hard to impress. But that hasn’t stopped Les Fontaines from extending one of the warmest welcomes in Annecy.

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La Ravoire, Annecy Doussard, The Alps
La Ravoire | Annecy Doussard

Annecy is made for getting out and living life to the full - so what’s it to be? Canoeing, kayaking, fishing, water skiing, windsurfing? They’re all easily doable (well, maybe not so easy…) from the small and peaceful La Ravoire Parc.

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La Ferme de la Serraz, Annecy Doussard, The Alps
La Ferme de la Serraz | Annecy Doussard

If you’re looking for a holiday that mixes paddle-perfect beaches and countryside fit for clambering, why not try staying lakeside at La Ferme de la Serraz?

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Le Belledonne, Bourg d'Oisans, The Alps
Le Belledonne | Bourg d'Oisans

Lose yourself in Les Ecrins National Park - an outdoor Alpine playground millions of years in the making, with rushing rivers and tumbling waterfalls aplenty. Sound like an explorer’s paradise? It’s lucky, then, that the small and friendly Le Belledonne is located on the edge of this French-owned National Park, making it ideal for walking, cycling and water sports.

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Apartments in region

Chamonix Apartments
Chamonix | Chamonix

There are many reasons to choose Chamonix. What’s yours? The guaranteed skiing? Or the guaranteed great nights out? You’re on holiday. Do both. 

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Location reviews

The Alps reviews collected by Reevoo

Overall rating
9.2
Scores 9.2 out of 10 based on 292 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
8 out of 10

Steve

Nottingham
we stayed here on a stop over for three nights, as part of a larger motorcycle tour.
the couriers were fantastic, and looked after us like their own.
the camp site was nice, and the owners were very helpful when we had problems.
our only complaint was that most of the facilities were closed or badly stocked as it was getting close to the end of their season.
so we were unable to get any thing to eat day or night.
Confirmed stay: 21 September 2013
10 out of 10

Mary

Bolton
Beatiful scenery. Plenty to do nearby or to discover further affield. We particularly enjoyed the "Omnibus" boat on the lake to Annecy & back, but giving us time to explore this beatiful historic town, Les Jardins Secrets, the view from the parapente launch site at Col de Forclaz. We also discovered the resistance museum and cemetery at Thones which was interesting, articuarly when combined with the short "Grottes et Cascades" walk nearby which gave an idea of the terrain they were operating in.
Confirmed stay: 16 September 2013
10 out of 10

Anna

Absolutely beautiful and lots of things to do. Fabulous food and drink also. Perfect for all outdoor activities.
Confirmed stay: 15 September 2013
9 out of 10

Simon

Birzebbuga, Malta
Beautiful place to visit but again you have to venture out of the locality if one wants to make the best out of the visit.
Confirmed stay: 15 September 2013
8 out of 10

Peter

Northborough
We found the alps an amazing destination, clean air, stunning scenery and plenty to do.It is one of the first places we have been to that we can't wait to get back to.
Confirmed stay: 14 September 2013
10 out of 10

Sally

Birchover
Absolutely stunning region here, nature and wildlife on the doorstep, walk from the campsite up into beautiful mountain scenery. Also it's the Mecca for cyclists, we enjoyed watching the Lycra clad pelatons ascending the infamous steep alpine climbs of the Tour de France, we will return!
Confirmed stay: 09 September 2013
10 out of 10

Keith

Solihull
beautiful,fantastic if your a cycling fan
Confirmed stay: 08 September 2013
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