10 mountain destinations to spend the summer in the great outdoors

In summer, the mountains offer an ideal setting for living in perfect harmony with nature. The medium and high peaks, the wide green meadows, the lakes and rivers that make up this exceptional environment are a call for long walks with family and friends.
This is an opportunity to slow down time, around a picnic near a stream or by exploring the architectural heritage, but also the ideal time to exercise and surpass yourself during activities. outdoors that are good for body and soul. In the heart of the Alps, in Auvergne, in the Vosges or even in the Pyrenees, here are 10 mountain destinations in France for holidays in communion with the great outdoors.

Les Angles, Pyrenees-Orientales  


The resort of Les Angles, located at an altitude of 1,600 m in the heart of the Capcir valley, has been able to modernize while retaining an authentic charm. You can start your stay with a stroll in the old village, before indulging in the many possible activities in the area. Fans of mountain biking, on foot or on horseback, hike in the regions dominated by the peaks of Péric and Madres. With the children, we go to the animal park of Les Angles to see bears, bison, fallow deer and other deer evolving in the heart of 37 hectares of forest. A joyful moment to better understand the local fauna and flora. The other interest of the resort of Les Angles is to dominate the charming lake of Matemale, a place of relaxation and tranquility. In summer, you can enjoy the joys of swimming in the mountains in water that can reach 23°C, 

Samoens, Haute-Savoie  


Samoëns is one of those mountain villages that make families happy. In the town, everything has been thought out so that parents and children can stroll peacefully through the pedestrian streets with strollers and stop in the shops that showcase local gastronomy. Leisure center, paintball, swimming pool, Samoëns has various infrastructures to have a good time. Beautiful and peaceful walks or bike rides are also available around the Joux Plane pass and the Cirque du Fer à Cheval, so many places to marvel at the sublime mountain panoramas. In summer, the ski lifts offer the opportunity to gain height, with the reward of breathtaking views of the mythical Mont-Blanc. And for the bravest and thrill seekers, 

Le Mont-Dore, Puy-de-Dome 


At the foot of Puy de Sancy, Mont-Dore offers a prestigious playground for hiking, a key activity for lovers of summer mountain holidays. Several trails allow you to enjoy superb walks where you can soak up the magic of volcanoes and the specificities of the territory. On foot, by mountain bike or on horseback, it is difficult to get tired of the beauty of the reliefs and many guides are available to communicate on the richness of the fauna, flora and history of dormant volcanoes. Thrill seekers enjoy trail running or even climbing, as at the Pic du Capucin. With children, summer tobogganing and acrobatic courses from tree to tree with a zipline session are the promise of fun and 100% complicit moments. 

Saint-Lary-Soulan, Hautes-Pyrenees 


Located in the heart of the Air Valley in the Pyrenees, Saint-Lary-Soulan has the authentic and warm atmosphere of a high mountain Pyrenean village. In summer, one appreciates once comfortably installed in the commune the practice of the excursion, with for point of view the valleys of Rioumajou, Aulon, Moudang and the impossible to circumvent National park of the Pyrenees. In a place where the Tour de France has stopped many times throughout its history, it’s hard not to want to get on the bike to explore the Plat d’Adet area and its superb panoramas. On another day, after a session of canyoning, archery or paragliding, a moment at the spa in the 

Le Grand Bornand, Haute-Savoie 


Direction the Massif des Aravis for a stop in an authentic mountain village. The 400 century-old chalets and the softness of the wood give it a certain charm and an exotic atmosphere. Heritage lovers have the opportunity to discover charming little chapels and go back in history by going to the Heritage House to discover the daily life of yesteryear. In summer, long walks lead to prestigious sites, near Lake Peyre or at the foot of the Pont des Romains, located on the old Roman road to the Col de la Colombière. Along the way, take the time to contemplate the fauna and flora: ibexes, marmots, chamois and bearded vultures inhabit the territory and the wild blackberries and blueberries are a call for gourmet breaks. In Grand Bornand, 

Gerardmer, Vosges 


The town of Gérardmer attracts many visitors every year who come to enjoy the various activities possible around this “pearl of the Vosges”. It is a real corner of paradise with a wide variety of landscapes, between coniferous forests, peaceful lakes and refreshing waterfalls. It owes its reputation in particular to the presence of Lake Gérardmer, a stone’s throw from the town centre. All holidaymakers who wish to escape the frenzy of the coasts then take advantage of the largest lake in the Vosges to fish, swim and indulge in multiple nautical activities such as rowing, canoeing, electric boating or even diving. . The hikes lead to superb waterfalls such as those of Pissoire and Saut du Bouchot. Finally, 

Val d’Allos, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence 


Val d’Allos is a resort in the Southern Alps and when you arrive you immediately feel the meeting of the mountains and a climate that smells of the Mediterranean. It is located in the heart of the Mercantour National Park and the hikes lead to landscapes that oscillate between mountains, trees, green lands, carpets of flowers and waterfalls. Impossible during a stay not to go to Lake Allos, quite simply the largest natural high-altitude lake in Europe. The bluish reflections of the water, the surrounding mountains and the conifers invite wonder and silent contemplation. To do also absolutely during the holidays, the walks on the paths of the Haut Verdon accompanied by donkeys, 

The White Lake, Haut-Rhin


Welcome to the Vosges massif to enjoy a place full of tranquility and where nature fascinates as much as the beauty of the villages. Because the resort of Lac Blanc is indeed on the Alsatian side of the massif, and a stay inevitably leads to some of the most beautiful towns of Kaysersberg and Orbey, which always seduce with the beauty of their architectural heritage. On the nature side, the Lac Blanc site has become a paradise for hikers who, after the effort, discover the magnificent hilly panoramas that punctuate the surroundings of the lake. Fishing, mountain biking, climbing, there is something to satisfy all sporting desires, and the Lac Blanc barefoot trail is an incredible experience to be enjoyed by many, combining adventure and a moment of symbiosis with nature. 

Vaujany, Isère 


The resort of Vaujany is a splendid place to spend your holidays in the mountains. Facing the Grandes Rousses massif, on the slopes of the Rissiou, it has been able to develop in a reasoned way, to offer modern infrastructures and at the same time retain its charm of yesteryear. Around the village, the high mountains await those who take the cable car to reach exceptional landscapes at an altitude of more than 2,800 m. A little further down is the area of ​​the large lakes which amaze walkers, with its emerald-coloured bodies of water. The most courageous often have at heart to travel by mountain bike the tracks of Oz-Vaujany and the Alpes d’Huez, when around the village, the fir forests offer the necessary shade for a picnic on hot summer days. ‘summer. Swimming pool, miniature golf,  

Saint-Sorlin-d’Arves, Savoie 


The village of Saint-Sorlin-d’Arves takes you on vacation time to the heart of the atmosphere of an authentic mountain village. A simple and authentic place, typically Savoyard, where fans of architecture enjoy visiting its Baroque church and chapels. A religious heritage that is also part of the Way of Assisi. In summer, you can take advantage of the unmissable outdoor walks, such as the Three Lakes circuit, starting from the Col de Croix de Fer. You can observe all the beauties of the environment, between large lakes dominated by the Saint-Sorlin glacier, steep rocks and vegetation. Athletes can practice via ferrata, trail and canyoning to thrill a little, when families like to spend time on mountain bike outings, 

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