However, if the mountain is the ideal place for winter sports, it should not be underestimated in the summer season. In fact, when the mountain enriches its beautiful green mantle with its thousands of flowers, it announces a great time.
Between incredible landscapes and sports activities, land and water, the mountain has enough to offer great holidays in the open air for the whole family.
Discover our selection of the best summer destinations in the mountains and enjoy precious family moments to recharge your batteries and share beautiful hikes.
First mountain region ideal for family holidays: the Alps! Yes, the mountain range that stretches for more than 1000 kilometers and crosses 8 different countries is one of the best mountain spots. Focus on two destinations: one north, the other south of the Alps.
The Ecrins National Park offers you a number of advantages in the summer season. Among them we find the sun at will, many sports activities but also landscapes of great beauty.
In the Jewel Boxes, the main activity is hiking. In addition, there are many hiking trails in the region where young and old can have fun.
A tip: if you want to hike with the family, head towards Vallouise, an excellent starting point for a family hike. For sports enthusiasts, we recommend the Palluel and Faravel lakes starting from the Freissinières valley.
The Mercantour National Park in the Southern Alps
The Mercantour National Park is one of the most visited parks in France. In fact, almost 800,000 visitors hike the 1,700 kilometers of marked hiking trails every year. Just an hour from the Côte d’Azur, it is perfectly situated for a holiday in the mountains with a sunbath on the beach.
What can you do in Mercantour in summer?
Like many of the destinations mentioned in this article, the Parc du Mercantour is ideal for hiking. The most popular hiking trails include the Lac d’Allos and the Circuit des Lacs de Prals.
If you prefer to ride a mountain bike, some routes are also accessible by bike. Perfect for a sports holiday with the family!
Where to sleep?
budget : from 190€ the weekend
Number of travelers : from 2 to 7 if you rent all the gîtes
Outdoor sports near the accommodation : mountain biking, hiking,
Hôte Stay-Share-Play : Benoît not only welcomes you, but also gives you the best tips for a successful sports stay. And if the opportunity arises, he will be happy to accompany you to a sports unit.
Summer holidays in the Pyrenees
After exploring the Alps, head to the Pyrenees for a family summer holiday! Ideally situated between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, the mountain range is the perfect compromise for heading south without being overwhelmed by the heat.
Thanks to its many places, all family members will find something to fill their vacation to their liking.
Where to go in the Pyrenees
The Eastern Pyrenees
The Pyrénées-Orientales department is the last that separates France from Spain while bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Combining both beautiful beaches and mountain resorts, the Pyrénées-Orientales are rich in landscapes that will give you an unforgettable holiday.
What to do in the Pyrénées-Orientales in summer?
There are many activities not to be missed in the Pyrénées-Orientales. First of all we find the famous Yellow Train, a real Catalan symbol. On 63 km from Villefranche-de-Conflent to Latour-de-Carol you will discover landscapes worthy of the most beautiful postcards, in the midst of an exceptional mountain world.
For lovers of water activities we recommend canyoning. Between climbing, jumping, swimming, walking and abseiling, a real excursion into nature awaits you. If young children are with you, opt for the Saint Paul de Fenouillet course in the heart of the Galamus Gorges instead. On the other hand, if you prefer a sporty route, the Llech Gorges in Prades is for you!
Where to sleep?
budget : from 75€ per night
Number of travelers : 2 to 4
Outdoor sports near the accommodation : cycling, mountain biking, hiking,
Hôte Stay-Share-Play : Jean-François not only welcomes you, but also gives you the best tips for a successful sports stay. And if the opportunity arises, he will be happy to accompany you to a sports unit.
The Pyrenees Atlantiques
Between sea and mountains, the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department is ideally located for summer holidays with the family. You can go hiking or mountain biking, not to mention laze about (because that’s a holiday too!).
What to do in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques in summer?
Of course, among the places not to be missed in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques we find the Vallée d’Ossau. A real playground for all hiking enthusiasts, you can set out for a nice sporty walk to the majestic Pic du Midi d’Ossau. In the same area you can discover the lakes of the Béarnaise valley, such as those of Ayous, Bious-Artigues, Anglas and Artouste.
What better way to cool down after a nice hike than a canoe trip? You will find many starting points for a guaranteed change of scenery!
Where to sleep?
budget : from 90€ per night
Number of travelers : 2
Outdoor sports near the accommodation : cycling, trail running, hiking,
Hôte Stay-Share-Play : Tobias not only gives you a warm welcome, but also gives you the best tips for a successful sports stay. And if the opportunity arises, he will be happy to accompany you to a sports unit.
Summer holidays in the Massif Central
Direction Puy-de-Dôme in the Massif Central
The Puy de Dôme department takes its name from the famous volcanic peak classified as Grand Site de France.
Rest assured, lovers of nature and the great outdoors, the Puy de Dôme is made for you.
What to do in summer
In fact, the Puy de Dôme is an ideal area for practicing outdoor sports. Just 15 kilometers from Clermont-Ferrand, the Puy de Dôme volcano offers excellent hiking opportunities. At 1,465 meters above sea level, it is the highest volcano in the Puys chain. From its summit you can observe the department in its entirety. Breathtaking landscapes guaranteed.
The more adventurous should know that it is also possible to go paragliding to see the Chaîne des Puys from a whole new perspective.
Where to sleep?
budget : from 432€ per week
Number of travelers : 4
Outdoor sports near the accommodation : cycling, trail running, mountain biking, hiking, climbing
Hôte Stay-Share-Play : Nicolas not only welcomes you, but also gives you the best tips for a successful sports stay. And if the opportunity arises, he will be happy to accompany you to a sports unit.
Summer vacation in the Jura
Yes, the Jura is also a great destination for summer holidays. A veritable playground for outdoor enthusiasts, the region’s mountains and lakes have nothing in common with the beaches of the south.
Whether you are looking for sublime landscapes or sporting activities, the Jura is for you!
Towards La Chaux-du-Dombief in the Jura?
Head to La Chaux-du-Dombief in the Jura for incredible landscapes. Despite being a small village, rather classic at first glance, it hides a real wonder just a few kilometers from the city center.
This wonder is the Lac d’Ilay. Its gradation of greens and blues gives you the impression of having traveled to Canada for just a few hours. To admire it, we recommend you go to the Pic de l’Aigle and the Belvédère des 4 Lacs. A beautiful 2h30 hike will allow you to circumnavigate the 9 km loop and reach the most beautiful viewpoints of Lake Ilay but also of the 3 other surrounding lakes.
What to do in summer
As you have probably understood, hiking is not allowed here either. In addition to the one just mentioned, we recommend the hike to the Cascades du Hérisson. The sporty ride lasts an average of 2h30 and allows you to enjoy the shady path and the sound of the water, more than pleasant, especially with family.
Be careful though, the parking lot in the park is paid in the summer season: count on €15 per car per day.
Where to sleep?
budget : from 470€ the weekend
Number of travelers : 15
Outdoor sports near the accommodation : hiking, skiing, fishing
Hôte Stay-Share : Jacques not only welcomes you, but also gives you the best tips for a successful sports holiday.
With our good mountain and accommodation offers, you are spoiled for choice for a successful mountain holiday and recharge your batteries.. Heightcontact with Naturethe restful framework and the sporting practices are super good for your health, so don’t hesitate to abuse them!