Summer in Meribel

hill walking holidays in meribel As the sun shines out across the mountains, and the winter gently recedes, summer in Meribel is truly stunning. Snow capped peaks atop lush green valleys, tranquil mountain lakes and trickling streams with temperatures rarely falling below 30 degrees, this really is a beautiful place to visit.

Imagine yourself being woken from a peaceful slumber by the gentle kiss of a summer’s breeze – its pine-infused freshness wafting its way up through the mountainside and in through the windows of your chalet. Year-on-year, the French Alps are growing in stature and are becoming the must-visit location for people from all walks of life.

With a concerted drive to make itself attractive all year round as a holiday destination, Meribel has been investing heavily in its facilities and is proud to boast world class mountain biking trails but to name just one highlight. Jaw-droppingly beautiful, it is hard not to be inspired by the majesty of the summer landscape in Meribel. Rivalled in beauty perhaps only by its neighbour Courchevel with a mixture of rugged outcrops of rocks, sweeping ravines, and tranquil lakes it is the perfect location for nature and adventure to unify and impress you.

The health benefits of spending an alpine summer holiday in Meribel are not to be underestimated either. With a real peace and space about the mountains, a summer holiday here can be the perfect tonic for unwinding from the busyness and demands of work and life in general – clearing the head, refocusing and allowing the change of scenery to softly push the ‘reset button’ and reinvigorate you for the next season of life.

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Activities in Meribel

There’s so much to do in Meribel in the summer, and all of it against the back-drop of the breathtaking mountain landscape. For a healthy alternative to the now obligatory beach holiday, Meribel is quickly gaining the reputation as one of the must-visit Alpine hotspots.

You can put your mountain bike on the bubble cars to get up to the top of the mountain, and then take green, blue or red trails back down, but hang onto your helmets, some of the descents are steep and challenging. There are some fantastic climbs as well through the back-country valleys.

If you like a slower pace, there are stunning mountain walks to be had. And the list goes on – white water rafting, rock climbing, via Ferrata, paragliding, archery, golf, swimming, horse riding and tennis are available across the Trois Vallées. For the really intrepid adventurer, try canyoning, where you can traverse cliff faces by climbing across the mountain face, wading in ice-cold rock pools…

There are plenty of trouble-free, interconnecting marked trails to explore, and the beautiful Meribel golf course, high up on the Altiport plateau has breathtaking views from the 1st tee to the 18th green.

You will find many welcome pit-stops with bars and restaurants woven into the mountainside. These include comfortable refuges, providing wholesome meals and accommodation. Beds for the night cost from 5 Euros per person, and with each hut about a day’s trek apart, it’s possible to walk for miles in peaceful solitude.

Maybe you have come by car and want to explore some more of the local area? Within an hour’s drive, one can reach the stunning Lake Annecy. With a short hop, skip and a jump you can then make the journey into the picturesque, medieval quarter of the Town. Or perhaps you’re a bit of a foodie and fancy visiting the famous Beaufort cheese making factory just a 45-minute drive away? For those who can’t wait until next winter to clip on their whips, the world famous Grand Motte glacier in Tignes is also only an hour’s drive away.

In Meribel, a good range of shops beckons, selling locally produced foodstuffs such as cheeses, cured meats, wines and alpine liqueurs. In addition to this, there are numerous bars and a number of wonderful Savoyard style restaurants. For sheer indulgence, pamper yourselves with one of the many bespoke spa treatments that are widely available throughout the region; hay-baths, saunas, steam rooms, spa pools, body peels, mud and thermal water treatments, as well as a wide range of face, body and massage treatments.

Meribel itself also lays on several themed weeks during the summer months – Mountain biking, Gastronomy week, Magic week, to name but three. You’ll get more details from the tourist office.

Self-catering

We pride ourselves on the service and flexibility we offer. Our chalets are available on an exclusive self-catered basis during the summer, with the chalet kitchens being like home from home. There are several supermarkets in Meribel centre to keep you well stocked, and only a short drive down the mountain in Moutiers, one has access to both the bigger, Carrefour or Super-U stores.

The beauty of summer in Meribel as we see it is immeasurable. Not only is it more bank-balance friendly, the views are stunning, the air is pure, and there is something awe-inspiring about sleeping at the feet of some of the most beautiful alpine ‘giants.’ There really is something for everyone.

With such a range of activities for kids and adults alike, there is never a dull moment in Meribel. One thing we can almost certainly guarantee is that after a day of activities here in the mountains, combined with our super-comfy beds, you should sleep well!

When you consider the number of low-budget airlines flying into Geneva and Lyon airports, this makes for a very affordable, accessible and highly enjoyable summer holiday destination for all ages. Alternatively, loading up the car, staying in some fantastic guest houses off the beaten track, before arriving in Meribel is an ever-increasing pastime amongst our guests.

For an overview of availability, dates and prices of our chalets please check availability online under the respective chalets. Alternatively you can call or email us.

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