The alpine beauty of France isn’t just for skiers. Once Spring has arrived, the whole area becomes a paradise for walkers and cyclists – though discovering this mountainous region by car and taking advantage of the extensive network of cable cars is also a good idea. The green hills and valleys contain numerous pine forests and crystal lakes, together with countless charming towns and villages. And don’t forget that the cities and sights of both Switzerland and Italy are both just a short drive away across the border.
Camping Holidays in The French Alps
Campsite is the Alps should charge for the scenery, they’d make a fortune! Small and quiet these sites tend to be ideal for people who are looking to explore the area so don’t have extensive on site activity programs. This makes them great if you’re looking for a quiet site to holiday with your younger family. You can see what’s on offer by clicking the images below.
A campsite with ‘je ne sais quoi’ set in the beautiful French Alps, the views are incredible as are the onsite facilities. Explore the local area or simply sit back and admire the awe inspiring scenery.
This little campsite makes a great family holiday for young families and for those who want to explore the majestic Alps either by foot or bike. With a variety of onsite activities and nearby lake you’ll never be bored of things to do.
Perfect for families looking for an adventure holiday in the tranquil setting of The French Alps. Mountain walks, lazy days, swimming and clean crisp air, this is what holidays in the French Alps are all about.
A small family orientated campsite nestled in the stunning French Alps. If you want a family holiday where you can get back to nature then La Belledonne will be right up your street.
Getting to The Alps
Because of the year round tourist trade the The French Alps is surprisingly well served with transport links. There are TGV services running direct from Paris to Annecy which puts the UK in easy reach when you add on Eurostar. There are two airports at both Geneva and Chambery which are served by flights from London, Bristol and Liverpool.
If you want to drive then you’ll find it easiest if you cross the Channel via Calais. Once in France head for Chamonix which is a journey of about 560 miles. You’ll need to allow 8 or 9 hours and it might be worth thinking about an overnight break en-route
Family Holidays in The Alps
What part of France isn’t really like France – answer, The Alps. The stunning scenery puts you in the middle of Switzerland or Austria but the food and wine place you firmly in France – best of both worlds then. In this part of France you get some of the best skiing in the world at places like Chamonix and Grenoble.
However, as the snow melts it’s all change. The area becomes a paradise for the outdoor types who are into walking, bike riding and generally convening with nature. Surrounded by the Swiss as well as French Alps and National Parks at every turn the scenery is nothing less than spectacular.
The area has so many pretty towns that you’ll not be able to see them all. Annecy is probably one of the prettiest and with its own chateaux is well worth visiting as it has stunning views over the Lac d’Annecy.
The town is one medieval street after another. At every corner in the old quarter there are medieval arcades, bridges and canals with cafes and restaurants on practically every corner. However, the best thing about the Alps is the mountain countryside. You can choose between green sloping hills or locations where you look out over white glaciers. Food may not be as elegant as other areas of France, they’re used to feeding starving skiers but the food is tasty, well cooked and nothing short of hearty.
Being such an outdoors type of place there are plenty of activities to get involved with. Conventional sports such as tennis, swimming and horse riding tend to be rather outshone by the more white-knuckle activities such as bungee jumping, rafting and paragliding.
If that’s all too much then there are thousands of miles of marked footpaths going up to almost 10,000ft and you could spend your entire holiday just walking these footpaths.
Things to do in The French Alps
L’Aquarium du Lac du Bourget
If you’ve got young kids then this will provide a great break from the mountains and views. On the edge of Lac du Bourget the aquarium houses more than 50 species of fish and contains a touch pool where the kids can get up close and personal with a number of species.
Les Jardins Secrets
This site takes a bit of finding but is really well worth looking up. The gardens here have been laid out under a number of themes and some extraordinary layouts have created a simply stunning place to spend a day. It’s also well worth visiting if you are planning to lay out your own garden.
Fort de la Bastille
The fortress of Fort de La Bastille might not be as important as it was but the city and mountain views are spectacular. You can even see Mont Blanc on a clear day and the fortress details some really great walkingtrains in and around the area. To get to the fort you need to use the Téléphérique Grenoble Bastille which lifts you up and away from quay over the river and it’s worth coming just for this ride alone.
Written by Dave Jonhson of Family Camping Reviews
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