How to spend two summer days in the 3 Valleys
18th August 2017 | French Alps
Summer in the Alps is a rather well-kept secret. With property owners making the most of their winter properties by frequenting in summer, more and more people are discovering just how much there is on offer. Resorts such as Tignes, Les Gets and Morzine have a well-established summer season, but it’s worth looking into spending time in some of the developing summer resorts. We’ve compiled our perfect two summer days in The 3 Valleys.
As is customary, of course the day must begin with a walk to your closest Boulangerie for a fresh Croissant or Pain au Chocolat (I’m sorry, cliché we know, but it is essential!). Once fuelled for the day, pack a picnic lunch (or collect from the Boulangerie) and hop into the car to Lac Rosiere. Situated just below Courchevel 1650, this is truly a summer gem. There is lots on offer here, but we recommend spending the morning doing the Via Ferrata (it’s a beginner route, so suitable for all levels and ages). There are guides and equipment hire in the vicinity. This will take a couple of hours, after which you can sit down by the lake and enjoy your picnic in the sunshine. If you’ve still got energy and your legs aren’t resembling jelly from the morning’s activities, one of our favourite walks of The 3 Valleys is from Lac Rosiere up to the top of the Dent du Villard. This walk is sign-posted to take 2.5 hours. Whilst sections are relatively narrow, the views at the top are absolutely worth any toil you’ve exerted. Make sure you take plenty of water if the weather is hot and a snack to have at the top.
cycling is a huge passion of the people of the 3 valleys.
We’ll let you pick your breakfast options this morning! Cycling is a huge passion of the people of The 3 Valleys, which you can’t miss if you’re driving around in the summertime. Take the opportunity to hire either a road bike, or mountain bike. Most shops can also recommend guides if you’d prefer. Spend the morning pushing yourself to achieve one of the crafty Meribel climbs on a road bike or hop on the lifts and work your way down trails suited to your ability.
Once you’ve had enough, or your legs will turn no more, head to La Tania (a short 15 minute drive). Hop in the La Tania bubble and at the top is the Bouc Blanc restaurant. Favoured by locals as a mountain top wedding site, and known for its outstanding Café Gourmand, the Bouc Blanc offers delicious food at reasonable prices and with unbeatable views during your lunch. Once you’ve finished, walk back down to La Tania (roughly a 2 hour walk), or take the bubble back down if your legs reject this idea!
Spend the evening sitting outside, watching the sunset and enjoying a glass of rose, local to your accommodation. We recommend local cheeses and cured meats if lunch has left you full. If looking for an evening fare, head to one of the local pubs where there is often live music
Spend the evening sitting outside, watching the sunset and enjoying a glass of rose, local to your accommodation. We recommend local cheeses and cured meats if lunch has left you full. If looking for an evening fare, head to one of the local pubs where there is often live music.