There is an incredible beauty in the mountains around the southwesternmost arc of the French Alps. Crystal clear lakes beneath the cliffs, green meadows, rugged peaks, and glaciers are hard to beat. Board a train in Nice and start hiking from La Brigue, a medieval town set below the mountain ridges and continue to Côte d'Azur at Menton.
Find thermal swimming lakes with impressive facilities for summer holidays in the Alps. The spring-fed lakes are refreshed every day from Hohe Tauern Mountains. The resorts also provide wave slides for kids and toddler pools. Horseback riding, yoga, and snowboarding are year-round activities in Gastein.
The remote Valle Maira near the French border is widely known as the forgotten valley. Its lavender clad hillsides are inhabited by people who speak the Occitan language. The villages are filled with World War II artifacts. The Langhe wine region is amongst the loveliest of places to stay. Taste the cuisine of Turin, which offers delightful combinations of both Italian and French dishes. Or check one of the biggest nature reserves in Italy at The Gran Paradiso, an ideal retreat for families who want to evade the bustle of city life. Here, you can hike and horse ride to enjoy the serenity.
Fly over Chamonix Valley by tandem paragliding, best known by French people as parapenting, or glide down from a height on a parachute that is controlled by your instructor. The valley offers a vast network of slopes and brilliant off-pistes. The Argentière valley provides advanced and stiff terrain where you can learn new skiing tricks and skills. Summer holidays in the Alps are intensified with a high-altitude snowboarding adventure at Chamonix.
Vacationers come here for winter sports like snowboarding, skiing, and mountaineering. Among the most exciting activities at Orcières resort is indoor skydiving. Enjoy a vertical uplift by wind tunnel technology, and experience free-falling without the risk!