Cycling in the French Alps
Road cycling is extremely popular in the French Alps, and the Savoie region very much so
because of its many ‘Cols’ which are mountain pass points.
You have to be fit to do them or have a certain mindset, but popular cols in the Savoie
region are: the Col de l’Iseran, the Col du Galibier and the Col de la Madeleine.
The town of Bourg-Saint-Maurice is a very good spot to access all these beautiful cycle
rides, and you can rent road cycles here if you haven’t brought your own.
From Annecy, you can access the famous mountain town of Chamonix in 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Many of Chamonix’s ski lifts are open during the summer to give access to the high mountains.
Enjoy the views on a mountain bike or on one of the many well-indicated hikes and walks.
Take the cable car from Chamonix to The Aiguille du Midi, a mountain from which you can see
and feel very close to the famous Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps.
A Camping Holiday in the French Alps
These are only a few of the very many things you can do in the French Alps in summer time.
There is so much to choose from, and the added bonus of a lovely weather system.
During June and July it is mostly sunshine, however as the summer turns to autumn we tend to
get a lot of flash thunderstorms at the end of the day. Always keep an eye on the weather
when you are in the mountains.
Camping in the French Alps is just wonderful - it is legal to wild camp, or free camp, if you
are brave enough and there are plenty of spaces that you are sure to discover on your
You can drive over the mountains and down into Italy within a few hours, which is a fabulous
drive during which you can see across the beautiful Alps.