Monday, 24 June 2013

Living the Alpine Dream

Written by Olivia Kane

Have you always secretly fancied a trip to the Alps, but dismissed the idea because you're not into skiing or snow sports?

Have you ever wished you could witness a spectacular sunset without having to climb a mountain?

What about that old cliche' about log cabins in the snow ~ ever wanted to take a trip to one, but dismissed the idea because well, it's just not for you?

Alpine Cottage
You're wrong!

A holiday in the Alps can be so many different things, to so many different people.

It's not all snow sports or mountain climbing - there's staggering range of things to see and do in this region of the world. The Alps stretch proudly across no less than 8 different countries.

That's potential holiday destinations - 8 invigorating and potentially life changing visits.


There's so much that British tourists don't know about the Alps. Few people know that parts of the region get just as much sunshine, if not more, than the Mediterranean. These parts are protected from bad weather by the mountain walls that surround them. The beautiful town of Valais in Switzerland is one of these areas, as is the little known Italian city of Aosta.

Alpine Scenario
If you're looking for a holiday destination that can provide unforgettable scenery - there is no better place to visit than the Alps. "The contrast between green valleys and towering mountain peaks is utterly spellbinding", says Telegraph journalist Edward Bishop.

In June, millions of brightly coloured wildflowers bloom on the Alpine hills, adding even more charm to an already impressive region.  If it's hiking that you're after - say no more.

The Swiss Alps is one of the most well supported hiking destinations in the entire world. You can pull your boots on and stride towards a mountain with relative ease in this part of Europe. "Due to its chain of reliably stocked and specially linked mountain huts - getting lost will never be an issue", says About.com journalist Gregg Witt.

If being on your feet doesn't appeal, don't worry. The Alps also have some of Europe's most stunning freshwater lakes and fjords. There are no mosquitoes, no other holiday makers to disturb you and nothing to say that you can't indulge in a spot of mountain skinny dipping. Temperatures stay high in many regions of the Alps, but rarely get high enough to cause discomfort.

When it comes to accommodation when staying in the Alps, there's a lot to choose from and it's very, very easy to grab a summer bargain.

Whilst the ski chalets and mountain resorts do tend to be extremely busy during the winter months - particularly in parts of France, the same cannot be said during summertime. According to travel website Chilly Powder, many resorts close for the summer or simply scale down.

Alpine Bedroom


The ones that stay open have been known to offer summertime tourists some amazing off-peak deals. So, before you book accommodation for a holiday in the Alps, it's a good idea to collect some quotes for your stay -either on the internet or on the phone.

Take a chance on an Alps holiday - the only regret you'll leave with is the that you haven't ever done it before.

There's a chocolate box cottage way out in the mountains with your name on it. Summer holidays in the Alps must be one of Europe's best kept secrets - so take advantage of it.


Author Bio:
Olivia is a professional Alps tour guide. She recommends staying in the Alps for affordable holidays in the French Alps. She can be found blogging about her experiences in many different locations around the world.