Since the first recorded alpinists reached the summit of Mont Blanc in 1786, mountaineers relish the challenge of this iconic and masterful peak. The attraction of these mountains has also drawn other adventure activities such as ice climbing, rock climbing, canyoning, paragliding, mountain biking and white water rafting; Chamonix has fast become the international capital of outdoor sports.
However, it's not just the super fit that aspire and fall in love with the region, there is something for everyone. Keen to encourage a healthy lifestyle, families have a multitude of activities which they can share, such as visiting the Merlet Animal Park, daring the Tyrolean Adventure Parks or simply relaxing at the outdoor swimming pool and enjoying the waterslides. There are walking routes to suit all abilities with easy tracks along the river L'Arve up to Argentiere and increasing the levels as you ascend the mountains with the Tour du Mont Blanc for the more seasoned hikers.
Many chose to tread the fairways of Chamonix's 18 hole golf course in Le Praz and finish in the club house for a celebratory drink. Those wishing to experience the mountains without too much physical assertion, can ride the train up to the Mer de Glace or take Europe's highest cable car up to the Aiguille de Midi to view the 'roof top' of these French alpes, the panoramic view is spectacular and breath taking at 3842m.
The allure of this charming town, steeped with character and bustling with energy, draws its visitors time and time again. As does the alpine town of Megeve just 45 minutes away. Like Chamonix, the historic buildings, quaint streets and charming atmosphere within Megeve are without doubt a key attraction; it's not just about the sports here. That's why these two luxury alpine resorts standout from other areas. These long established communities have the whole package and all year round appeal. Megeve too offers abundant choice of outdoor activities in summer and has excellent facilites to keep the family entertained. Follow Megeve's watertrails and get a sense of the town's history and culture. There are 80km of mountain bike tracks easily approachable by gondolas. Take a bird's eye view of the mountain ranges with light aircraft discovery tours from the local Altiport. Or simply meander through the town and sample some of the local produce in one of the many authentic french cuisine and gastronic restaurants. Experience a different style of summer vacation in Chamonix and Megeve relaxing in one of our luxury chalets whilst surrounded by stunning mountain scenery.