There aren't many better feelings than that first day of your summer holiday, being able to get away from the city and the hustle and bustle of daily life. The French Alps are the perfect place to enjoy a holiday during the spring or summer, with 300 days of sun a year and where access to fresh air and outdoor mountain activities are plentiful.
Although the Alps are famous for their winter activities, there is much more to the mountains than skiing, with a variety of interesting activities available in the summer season which will both relax and re-energise holidaymakers. The Alps has some seriously stunning hiking trails, including the Ecrins National Park near Serre Chevalier, where glorious panoramic views are the norm. Once the snow from the winter months has melted, the mountains are left resembling a lush green meadow, with an abundance of wild flowers.
Any concerns about the difficulty of hiking around the region can be dismissed, as fortunately many ski lifts stay open during the summer months, so if you tire yourself too much, you can easily find your way back to your accommodation.
For those who prefer two wheels over two feet, a mountain biking holiday in the French Alps is the ultimate rush for enthusiasts. You can follow the trail of the Tour de France overlooking stunning valleys, lakes and rivers. Check out the biking page of Hotel Alliey here for some of the events that are on this summer 2014: cycling french alps.
There is plenty to do for adrenaline seekers as well, with mountain biking, paragliding and white water rafting among the most popular activities in the area. As the snow from the winter season melts, in Briancon, companies such as Rafting Expérience offer an extensive range of extreme water sports in the summer months, including; white water rafting and air boats. Others with an even greater need for speed may appreciate the paragliding and bungee jumping on offer, both of which can be found in the proximity of Le Monetiers Les Bains village.
It is not just adrenaline enducing activities on offer during a summer holiday in the French Alps, relaxation is also on the menu...and who could resist a spot of pampering at a luxury spa which specialises in natural remedies? The alpine village of Serre Chevalier boasts several natural hot springs, which make it a great place to recuperate and take advantage of the stunning location to truly relax.
Hotel Alliey is a boutique spa hotel in Serre Chevalier, offering charming 2 star and 3 hotel rooms. Their Alliey Mountain Spa offers Décleor spa treatments, sports and relaxation massages, a Turkish hammam, an amazing outdoor pool with Ecrins water heated to 28°C and an indoor massage pool with air jets. Ultimate relaxation! Residence Le Pre des Ors next door offers a great range of self-catering Serre Chevalier apartments most of which have terraces with spectacular views of the mountains. All hotel and apartment guests get complimentary access to the Allliey Mountain Spa, so you can balance an outdoor adventure holiday with amazing tranquil Alpine relaxation.