Escape to the peace and quiet of the mountains, discover new adventures and activities, or retreat to a luxury summer chalet with wellness facilities and mountain views. The Alps will deliver. With plenty on offer for everyone, it’s no surprise that summer holidays in the Alps are growing in popularity year-on-year. Let us share with you some of our top summer mountain resorts in the Alps to inspire you for your next summer mountain holiday.
Chamonix in the summer thrives as an adventurer’s paradise. It’s one of the few summer mountain resorts in the Alps, more popular in the summer than the winter. You only need to explore the many summer Alps activities to get a sense of the incredible offering. Along the Chamonix Valley there’s plenty to explore on foot, bike or mountain train. However you explore, key landmarks await such as the Aiguille du Midi, Mer de Glace and of course, Mont Blanc.
For something a little more adrenaline-fuelled, Chamonix is your answer. It’s a haven for mountaineering, climbing, rafting, canyoning, paragliding and more. You can discover more about climbing in Chamonix here. After a day’s adventure, enjoy the buzzing sunny resort centre where cafés, bars and restaurants spill out onto the streets. Or simply relax amongst the peace and quiet in your luxury alpine home for the week.
At the foot of one of the most photographed mountains in the world lies the traditional, picturesque, car-free resort of Zermatt. The green meadows and scenic landscape create the perfect setting for adventurous summer mountain holidays. Explore breathtaking heights by cable car up to the highest mountain station in Europe, or lace up your boots and summit challenging peaks, via stunning turquoise lakes, on your own two feet. Mountain biking, e-biking, summer skiing, mountain carting and mountaineering are just a few other alpine activities on offer in the stunning Matterhorn paradise. With a summer season from May to October, Zermatt is one of the best summer mountain resorts.
Old cobbled streets and rustic charm below the famous Mont Blanc are key characteristics of this traditional French summer mountain resort. Megeve is the perfect summer destination for culture, activity and relaxation. Surrounded by spectacular rolling hills, alpine peaks, glassy lakes, enchanting forests and luscious green meadows, there is plenty for everyone to enjoy on their summer mountain holidays.
For the ultimate adventure, take to the skies in helicopter or paragliding tours, reach mountain tops via various hiking and biking trails or canyon down nature’s best water-parks. For balance, enjoy Megeve’s wellness facilities to settle the racing heartbeat. Or swap the adrenaline adventures for a round of golf on the Mont d’Arbois golf course. Whatever your mountain passion, be sure to stop by one of Megeve’s many alfresco restaurants. It is not hard to see why Megeve in the summer makes it onto our list of the best summer mountain resorts in Europe.
Verbier in the summer offers a variety of action/adrenaline packed activities for you to explore. A summer holiday in Verbier might involve soaring the skies by paraglide, or Via Ferrata across rope bridges and ladders, perfect for any adrenaline junkie who dares. For a more sedate experience, there’s alpine hiking, with a choice of over 400km of walking trails enjoying scenic views. Specifically, one worth adding to your hiking list, is the 9.5km hike at Lac des Vaux with a scenic lake and a perfect view of Verbier’s mountain range.
Alternatively, you might consider visiting the Verbier bike park which features 19km worth of trails, jumps and more. In the unlikely event it rains, visit Centre Sportif de Verbier where you can rock climb, play basketball, tennis, badminton and more. If you wish to take a more relaxed approach on your Verbier summer holiday, visit Bel Air Fine Art. Here, you can see the masterpieces from artists such as Patrick Hughes, Mr. Brainwash and the iconic Banksy; not forgetting the post-pop-art of Patrick Rubinstein, David Kracov and Hiro-Ando.
Exciting things are waiting for you on a summer holiday in Morzine. Pick up a pedestrian pass and head up the mountains to discover Morzine’s wildlife and nature on foot. Meander through the tree-lined downhill mountain bike trails. Gallop through the mountainous meadows on horseback. This summer mountain resort leaves nothing to be desired. Adventurers can benefit from tandem paragliding, white water rafting or canyoning, the choice is yours.
For a dialled down day, you can enjoy paddleboarding and kayaking on one of the many lakes Morzine has to offer. If the rain catches you off-guard, you need not worry. You can recline with a film at the Cinema Rex or challenge your problem-solving skills at the escape room. And of course, your chalet wellness facilities will always be there to meet your desires to unwind. Perhaps with a massage or spa treatment too! The opportunities are endless.
We hope you feel inspired to consider one of these summer destinations to explore on your next luxury alpine holiday. If you are still unsure about which of our top summer mountain resorts are best suited to you, or would like to consider alternative summer resorts in the Alps, reach out to our specialists who will be more than happy to guide you based on your criteria. You can give them a call on +44 1202 203659 or send an email.