The French Alps have long been a summer holiday destination and a place for relaxing from the hustle and bustle of city life. These days with mountain lifts and all sorts of outdoor pursuits there is much more to the alps in summer than relaxing…although that is still an option 🙂
Châtel is just stunning in the summer months – generally the weather is 22-28 degrees with cool mornings and evenings. The bright blue skies and greener than green lush fields topped with wild flowers can be breath taking and a photographers dream. The alpine air is clean and fresh and a pleasure to be out and about in.
Châtel comes to life in the Summer from June, usually with the start of the cycling tours, such as the Criterium du Dauphine, that come through the alps and are great fun to watch. The downhill bike park opens mid June and the fantastic event, the Passport du Soleil is the last weekend of the month. This is a suer two wheel event where you can cycle the circuit through all 12 villages of the Portes du Soleil using lifts that aren’t open for the rest of the summer. E-biking, trail riding, road cycling and mountain biking (VTT) are all popular in Châtel and more information on our Cycling in Châtel page.
A popular reason for visiting Châtel in the summer is the walking and hiking trails. There are so many options for all levels – a few hours or a number of days with refuge stops. Plenty of trails with views, lots of peace and even wildlife if you are lucky enough. We can offer advice and maps during your stay and more information and pictures are on our Walking in the Alps page.
There isn’t much time for boredom for outdoor lovers; activities in Châtel include tennis, swimming, rock climbing, paraclimbing and more, check them out on our summer activities in Châtel page. The area is great for families and children too with the bob luge, devil kart and mini golf.
Châtel makes a great base for a longer stay and to take in the region crossing both France and Switzerland. Châtel is a 10 minute drive from the Swiss village of Morgins and day trips to Montreux, Lausanne, Vevey and Gruyere are possible. Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) is a 40 minute drive away, a stunning drive down the valley alongside the River Dranse to visit the lakeside towns of Thonon-les-Bains, Evian and Yvoire. Check out all the options close to Chalet Cannelle on our website here.
Chalet Cannelle is open for Bed & Breakfast from June until September. You can book your stay on our website.