Unforgettable holidays, whether you just love to relax in magnificent alpine scenery and fresh air, seek adrenalin rushes throughout the day, or sit somewhere in-between the two, Chamonix summer holidays has something for everyone! And with temperatures averaging well into the twenties in June, and above the mid twenties throughout July and August, don't forget to bring the sun protection, you'll need it!
Famous for its proximity to the Mont Blanc Massif that towers majestically above the resort (4,810m - Western Europe's highest peak), Chamonix attracts visitors from all corners of the world and is a bustling, cosmopolitan town that boasts a vast array of shops, bars and restaurants to match all tastes and pockets.
Summer holidays in Chamonix for those that prefer, can just be about relaxing and enjoying the magnificent views. Or perhaps a trip into town for a spot of shopping or to browse the fine array of chic boutiques, Savoie specialities, and mountaineering shops. Then to lunch with a drink or three in the beautiful, historic town, whilst admiring Mont Blanc from the valley floor.
Alternatively take a ride in a horse drawn cart, or the tourist train or buses that guide you around the historic landmarks? For those that like to really take it easy and enjoy the Chamonix summer sunshine, an afternoon at the luxury spa or outdoor swimming pool with Chamonix's majestic surrounding scenery! The pace is of course yours to choose.
This is one summer holiday that the children should never be bored on, neither should the parents as Chamonix family activities are nearly always for all ages. Whether it is racing down the luge (1,300m long), challenging ones head for heights in the tree adventure, or out on a mountain bike trail.
And if you love your Tennis, Les Houches has six courts (hard-courts and artificial), and Chamonix Tennis Club twelve (clay, hard-courts, artificial and indoor), both open to the public (charges apply). And with so many sunny summer days, why not head up to the top of l'Aiguille du Midi (3,842m) for great views of the Alps and Mont Blanc within touching distance. Not forgetting to step out onto the void while your there (if you dare)!
I guess it is a question of where do we start with so much choice on offer! But with Chamonix being the mountain capital of the world, I guess climbing must get the first mention for summer-time fun. Quite simply climbing is limitless here, from family friendly sports crags, through to high altitude mountaineering, Chamonix really has something for all levels and everyone.
Mountain bikers will love the summer mountain bike trails for a variety of levels (blue, red and black) with one of the main routes passing Chalet No.5. But how about paragliding in one of the most outstanding places to fly in Europe? Or perhaps a spot of glacier walking*, high altitude scrambling / climbing*, or for the ultimate test, climb Mont Blanc with friends* (6 days - call for more information) this summer?
*Appropriately Qualified Mountain Guide Recommended
Nothing in our opinion comes close to cycling in the Alps in the summer! The virtually deserted alpine roads, the fresh mountain air, outstanding scenery, the thigh and lung busting ascents, finally sealed with adrenalin filled, smiles as big as mountains descents!! Yes we love it and we are sure you will too.
After leaving Chalet No.5, at the bottom of the hill, turn right to head towards the Col des Montets, followed by the descent into Switzerland and the Col des Forclaz and further on to Martigny. Real roadies will head for the Grand St Bernard pass or maybe save it for another day! Alternatively turn left, a winding descent through Vaudagne, Passy and then Sallanches before starting the HC Tour du France Classic at Scionzier, the Col de la Colombiere and then the Col des Aravis. Returning via Megeve, for a well deserved coffee and cake indulgence.
In terms of Summer restaurants, Chamonix boasts virtually limitless choice for all tastes and pockets. Top of the list has to go to L'Albert Premiere with two Michelin Stars. Fabulous dining but at a price! Our favourite is La Cabane in Plan Praz, particularly lunchtime on the summer terrace next to the golf course with great views of the Dru too. Evenings, l'Impossible located on the edge of town, has a beautiful ambience, caters for lactose and gluten intolerance too, and either the Caleche or Case Valero in the town centre, the latter a particularly favourite with families as it caters well for all fine dining but also serve up great pizzas. And for a quick snack, but one you'll remember, Poco Loco's is a must at least once!
But for the best summer dining experience, a short walk up Le Petit Balcon to Chalet de la Floria for fabulous views of Chamonix below, and great mountain dishes, or a fabulous walk alongside L'Averyon river up to La Buvette du Chapeau. Once again, amazing views and a great mountain lunch.