Looking for an action packed summer holiday? You should really think about taking a trip to Tignes in the summer. Here are my top ten things to do in Tignes during the Summer for adventure lovers.
It finally happened, my little sister got my up to her mountain home! Her thirst for a new adventure and love for Skiing saw her leave blighty over a year ago to start a new life up in the French Alps. Despite many invitations to come and stay with her, I have always declined. As I’m sure Sarah would agree as much as we love each other we are very different.
Things my sister and I have in common:
- We both love to travel
- We both like cheese
Yea that’s pretty much it…
- You can normally find me at the beach. I love Sun, Sea and Sand – She loves skiing and hates going in the sea
- No heights for me thanks. I hate flying – she used to fix helicopters
- I’m a vegetarian – the sight of a salad makes her break out in a cold sweat
I have a theory; I’m a Pisces (water sign) and she’s a Gemini (Air Sign). Whereas I feel most at home surrounded by water she much prefers to be up in the clouds or hurtling down a mountain. I also hate being cold. Give me sand over snow any day of the week. Anyway, for my Dad’s 60th he wanted to go and visit my Sister. Knowing his Birthday was in July and being confident that the temperatures would be mild and snow pretty much melted I finally decided it was time to visit Tignes.
The Beauty of the Alps
It is hands down one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. The pictures I took just don’t do it justice. There were so many times on the trip that I just stood in awe of what I was seeing. For me personally, I don’t think I would have been so blown away at the same view covered in snow. The Alps in the summer are the world away from the mountains in the winter months.
So why visit Tignes in the summer?
What is there to do once the snow melts I hear you cry! Well there is a lot to do and along with the expert help of my sister here is our top 10 things to do during the summer season:
During the Summer there are very few places in Europe that are still open for skiing. In Tignes, you can still ski up on the glacier. I spoke to a lot of people while I was there who all raved about how great the Skiing was which they were pleasantly surprised about. You can Ski every day from 7 am until 1 pm. After 1 pm. Do go early though as once the sun comes out it starts becoming to slushy.
Once the snow melts and the skiers leave the mountain bikers to arrive. Just watching them filled me full of anxiety but they seemed to be having a great time speeding down the mountains in gear to rival American Football players. I noticed lots of beginners lessons and children’s biking schools advertised so whatever your level if you like the idea of speeding down mountains on two wheels then get yourself to Tignes.
Now, this was one activity that I could get on board with. Two feet on the ground putting one foot in front of another! There are 25 routes and you can buy a guidebook from the tourist information centre. And the best bit (if you aren’t scared of heights like me) is that if you don’t fancy the trek up the mountain you can use some of the Ski lifts for free and then just hike down.
From Water balls to SUP Yoga there is a whole host of fun activities you can do on the tranquil lake. It’s also a great (mostly flat) spot for a jog. One lap is 1.5 miles and there are just a few steep hilly parts to test how good your running is at high altitude.
Next to the lake is a gold course for golfing pros, for everyone else they have mini golf just a short walk down the road.
6 Other Activities
There are too many to name all of them. Trust me if you want a holiday packed with activities (especially if you have children) then this is the place for you! To name a few of my top ones: Beach Volleyball (that’s right they have built a beach up in the mountains), Archery, Shooting, Trampolining and Skating in the skate park. For a full list visit the Tignes website.
What better way to spend an afternoon than galloping through the Alps on a horse?!
From Bourg-Saint-Maurice to Gothard there are different grades depending on your experience and how crazy a time you fancy having on the river. I didn’t get a chance to do this personally but next time it’s top of my list.
Another activity not on my list but if you fancy going to climb school what better place than Tignes? You can choose to climb on the rocks or head indoors to Tignespace.
10 Indoor Gym and Wellness Centre
All of those sports and activities can take their toll, so make sure you leave some time to relax in the Wellness Centre as well as the usual spa treatments you can unwind in a Turkish bath. Or if you haven’t done enough you could always hit the gym!
The thing that stuck me the most about visiting Tignes in the summer (apart from how beautiful it is) was how much fun it was! It’s impossible to get bored as there is so much to do. If I had children this would be the perfect holiday to keep them entertained. The whole place was just full of happy, active and adventurous people, so if that’s your vibe then what are you waiting for? Get you flight booked now!