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Things to Do in Tignes in Summer

Are you looking for an action-packed summer holiday? You should consider a Tignes summer in the French Alps. Here is a list of things to do in Tignes in summer!

Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a ski enthusiast, or a family traveler, there’s something for everyone in this mountain paradise. I’ve had the pleasure of exploring Tignes in summer, and it’s an experience you don’t want to miss.

Located in the Tarentaise Valley, Tignes is part of the Espace Killy ski area, one of the most fabulous ski regions in the world. But there’s much more than Tignes skiing or snowboarding. From paddleboarding on the crystal-clear lake to tackling serious hiking trails, many Tignes summer adventures make your heart sing.

If you’re looking for things to do in Tignes with kids, I’ve also got you covered. Trust me, your little ones will be captivated by the family-friendly activities and the sheer beauty of the surroundings.

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Things To Do in Tignes

Fun Things to Do in Tignes in Sumer

Tignes in summer is hands down one of the most beautiful places to visit. The French Alps in summer are a world away from the ski holidays Tignes is famous for in winter. It is the perfect place to enjoy hiking and overdose on all that fresh mountain air.

Things to do in Tignes

Summer Skiing Tignes

Did you know you can try Tignes skiing and snowboarding throughout the year? Summer skiing Tignes on the Grande Motte Glacier is an unforgettable experience. Yup, you can hit the slopes in your t-shirt and shades! It’s one of the most popular things to do in Tignes in summer and one reason many flock there.

At over 3,000 meters, the Grande Motte Glacier is a force to be reckoned with, offering a snowy playground even when the sun is blazing down in the valleys below. The conditions for summer skiing Tignes are surprisingly good, especially in the mornings when the snow is freshly groomed. You can ski every day from morning to early afternoon. Make sure you go early, though, as once the sun comes out, the snow melts, and it starts becoming too slushy to ski on.

You might be wondering about the logistics of these summer ski holidays Tignes is famous for. The glacier usually opens from late June to early August, so you’ve got a decent window of time to plan your trip. You’ll take the funicular from Tignes Val Claret—in just a few minutes, you’ll find yourself in a winter wonderland.

Beginners, don’t fret! Tignes skiing is for all levels, and plenty of instructors are available to help you get your snow legs, even in the summer.

Mountain Biking

Once the snow melts and the skiers leave, the mountain bikers begin to arrive. Just watching them hurtling down the mountains filled me with anxiety, but they seemed to be having a great time.

A Tignes summer holiday is perfect for novice mountain bikers. I noticed many classes for beginners, so if you like the idea of speeding down mountains on two wheels, go to Tignes mountain bike school.

Things to do in Tignes

Hiking

Hiking is one of the top Tignes summer activities. I’m all for having two feet on the ground and putting one foot in front of the other! There are 25 hiking routes in Tignes, and you can buy a guidebook from the tourist information center.

If you are a little lazy, the best bit is that if you don’t fancy the trek up the mountain, you can use some of the ski lifts for free and hike down. WINNING!

Water Activities on the Lake

Things to do in Tignes

From water balls to SUP yoga, you can do a whole host of fun water activities on the tranquil lake when visiting Tignes in summer. It’s also an excellent (mostly flat) spot for a jog. One lap around Tignes Lake is 1.5 miles, and there are several steep, hilly parts to test how good your running is at high altitudes.

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Golf

Next to the lake is the Tignes Golf Course, which is for golfing pros. Mini-golf is just a short walk down the road for everyone else.

Horseback Riding

What better way to spend an afternoon than galloping through the Alps on a horse?! This is a thrilling Tignes summer activity for the entire family.

Whitewater Rafting

From Bourg-Saint-Maurice to Gothard, there are different grades of whitewater rafting in Tignes, depending on your experience and how crazy you fancy having on the river. I didn’t get a chance to do this personally, but it’s at the top of my list the next time I take a Tignes summer trip.

Rock Climbing

If you fancy going to climbing school, what better place than the mountains of Tignes? You can climb on the rocks or head indoors to Tignespace.

Workouts and Wellness

Mountain biking and summer skiing Tignes can take a toll, so leave some time to relax in the Wellness Centre. In addition to the usual spa treatments, you can also unwind in a Turkish bath. Or, if you haven’t done enough, you could always hit the gym!

More Things to Do in Tignes in Summer

There are too many Tignes summer activities to name all of them! Trust me, if you want a holiday packed with adventure and activities (especially with children), this is the place for you!

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Must-Try Tignes Summer Activities

  • Paddleboarding: Glide over the clear waters of Tignes Lake. If you’re into yoga like me, try paddleboard yoga—it’s a unique experience!
  • Paragliding: Soar like an eagle and take in the panoramic Alpine views. It’s an adrenaline rush you won’t forget.
  • Archery: Tap into your inner Robin Hood with a session at the local archery range.
  • Fishing: Spend a peaceful day fishing in the mountain lakes and streams. Carlos would love this, as he’s quite a fishing enthusiast!
  • Adventure Parks: Perfect for families or the young at heart, these parks offer obstacle courses in the treetops.
  • Yoga: Join one of the many outdoor yoga sessions offered around Tignes. Imagine doing your asanas surrounded by the serenity of the Alps!

For a complete list, visit the official Tignes website.

Best Places to Eat in Tignes

If there’s one thing I can’t resist, it’s good food, especially when traveling. Tignes is not just an adventurer’s playground; it’s also a food lover’s haven. Here are some of my top picks for the best places to eat in Tignes, whether you’re looking for local French cuisine, international dishes, or a quick bite between activities.

NIUROU Steakhouse

Things to do in Tignes

Niurou Steakhouse is a must-visit if you’re a meat lover. However, if you are vegetarian or vegan, don’t be discouraged—they have also gained a strong reputation for their meat-free dishes!

Tucked away in the heart of Tignes, this place is a carnivore’s paradise. The ambiance is cozy with a rustic, mountain-lodge feel that instantly makes you feel at home. But let’s get to the real star of the show—the steak!

They offer a variety of cuts and cooking styles, satisfying even the pickiest of steak lovers. The wine list is pretty impressive, too, perfectly curated to complement your meal. I’ve got to say, if you’re looking for a hearty, indulgent dinner, Niurou Steakhouse is the place to be.

La Table en Montagne

You can’t visit Tignes without indulging in classic Savoyard cuisine: cheese fondue, raclette, and tartiflette! La Table en Montagne is where you’ll find some of the most authentic local dishes.

Le Panoramic

Look no further if you’re after a dining experience with a view. Situated 3,032 meters above sea level, Le Panoramic offers an unparalleled mountain backdrop. The food is as impressive as the view, with a range of gourmet dishes that left me smitten.

Le Clin d’Oeil

The atmosphere is cozy, and the menu blends French and international dishes. Their homemade pasta is incredibly delicious.

Tignes Cuisine

If you’re in the mood for something more global, Tignes Cuisine offers a range of Asian dishes to die for. Sushi, noodles, curries—you name it. It’s a must-visit if you’re craving some international flavors.

Aspen Coffee Shop

Don’t let the name fool you; this place offers more than just coffee. It’s the perfect spot for a quick lunch or an afternoon snack. The paninis and wraps are just divine, and, of course, their coffee game is strong!

La Pignatta

Things to do in Tignes

Pizza anyone? La Pignatta serves up some mouth-watering Italian dishes, and their pizzas are to die for. If you’re traveling with kids, this place is a hit!

Queue de Cochon

For something a little different, try Queue de Cochon. They specialize in rotisserie meats and let me tell you, their roast chicken had me coming back for seconds.

Where to Stay in Tignes

Things to do in Tignes

Whether you’re visiting for a solo adventure, a romantic escape, or a family holiday, there are options galore to suit every budget and style. Here’s my roundup of where to stay in Tignes based on my experiences and some insider knowledge.

For the Luxury Seekers: Les Suites – Maison Bouvier

Things to do in Tignes

Les Suites is the epitome of luxury if you want to splurge a little (or a lot!). Think plush rooms, a top-notch spa, and personalized service. It’s a bit pricier, but the experience is worth every penny.

For Mid-Range Budgets: Hotel Village Montana

Things to do in Tignes

Great for families and couples alike, Hotel Village Montana offers comfortable rooms and convenient access to activities. I particularly loved their indoor pool and sauna, perfect for unwinding after a day of adventures.

For the Budget Conscious: Lavachet Lodge

This is the place if you want something wallet-friendly but still cozy. It’s a no-frills spot with basic amenities, but what it lacks in luxury, it makes up for in charm and accessibility.

For the Adventurers: Chalet Chardons

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This is more of a communal experience, ideal for solo travelers or groups of friends. The rooms are simple, but the shared lounge area is perfect for swapping adventure stories with fellow travelers.

For the Homely Feel: Airbnb Options

There are plenty of Airbnb listings around Tignes, ranging from cozy studios to full-fledged chalets. It was a fantastic option for us, especially traveling with a toddler. The homey vibe and kitchen facilities were perfect for family meals.

For Extended Stays: CGH Résidences & Spas Le Nevada

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If you plan to stay for a while, consider a serviced apartment like CGH Le Nevada. It has a kitchen so you can prepare meals, and the amenities include a swimming pool and spa facilities.

For a Unique Experience: Arctic Lodge

Have you ever dreamt of staying in a modern, Scandi-inspired lodge? Arctic Lodge offers a unique experience with its minimalistic yet luxurious design. Plus, they provide various adventure packages that got my adrenaline junkie side all excited!

Did You Get Travel Insurance Yet?

The Insurance companies I recommend are Hey Mondo and Safety Wing

Hey Mondo is great if you are looking for a great value flexible policy. They offer single-trip cover, annual multi-trip cover, and long-term travel cover. Safety Wing is great value, with monthly coverage starting at $45.08. It’s super easy to use, and it just renews each month. I currently use them as they offer me free cover for my son as part of my policy.

Read my full travel insurance post here, where I go into detail about all companies. 

Best Tignes Summer Day Trips

Of course, Tignes in summer is a destination all on its own, but sometimes you want to spread your wings a bit. You can take some fantastic day trips from this charming alpine town. Here are my top picks!

1. Annecy – The Venice of the Alps

Things to do in Tignes

Ever wanted to visit Venice but with a French twist? Annecy is your place! About a two-hour drive from Tignes, this town is about canals, pastel-colored buildings, and a stunning lake. Hire a paddleboat or take a refreshing swim. It’s also a fab spot for shopping and trying out local cuisine.

2. Chamonix – For the Adventure Junkies

Chamonix is only about 90 minutes away and an adrenaline paradise. Think paragliding, mountain biking, and rock climbing. This place is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. And for those less inclined to thrill-seeking, the views of Mont Blanc are Instagram-worthy!

3. Aix-les-Bains – Relax and Recharge

Aix-les-Bains is perfect for a spa day, just under two hours from Tignes. Known for its thermal spas, this town offers the ultimate relaxation experience. While there, you can also take a stroll along Lake Bourget.

4. Val d’Isère – A Neighbor Worth Visiting

If you don’t fancy a long drive, hop over to Val d’Isère, just about 30 minutes away. It’s close but offers a slightly different vibe. Check out the local shops, take a scenic hike, or relax at a café and enjoy the alpine views.

5. Ecrins National Park – Go Wild

For those of you who love nature as much as I do, you have to check out Ecrins National Park. It’s about a three-hour drive, but oh-so worth it. Hiking trails galore, and don’t even get me started on the wildlife spotting opportunities—think marmots, eagles, and more.

Tignes Travel Guide Planning

🧳 Any recommendations on what I should pack for Tignes?

Yes! I have created a whole packing guide to Tignes which you can read here and you can also check out my packing list for Tignes on Amazon here.

👩‍⚕️ What is the best insurance to have while traveling?

I recommend using Heymondo for a great value policy. The app also offers you 24/7 Dr Chat. For Digital Nomads check out SafetyWing digital nomad insurance. I have also written a blog post covering all my recommended travel insurance here

✈️ Any flight recommendations?

WayAWay offers you cheap flights with cashback. You can use this code CLAIRE22 to get 10% off. Otherwise, Skyscanner or Expedia are my go-to flight searching platforms.

🎫 Where can I buy tickets for museums, attractions, and tours in Europe?

I recommend either Viator or GetYour Guide. They have a lot of options available!

🚗 Where can I book rental cars or private transportation?

I strongly recommend using RentalCars. They are available in more than 60.000 locations and customer service support in more than 40 languages.

📱What do you use for internet connection while traveling?

I’m a big fan of personal WiFi devices and they have saved my ass so many times when traveling. I wrote a full review of the top travel WiFi devices you can read here. I personally use GlocalMe as I can either pop in a physical sim card or use their local carrier.

With regards to my phone connection, I use e-sims while traveling, so rather than having to swap out my regular sim card I can download the app and buy a virtual sim card. I recommend using either Airhub or Alosim. Both have great coverage of multiple countries and are very easy to use.

🛏️ What is the best platform to use for booking accommodation?

The 3 best platforms that I normally use are Booking.com, Hotels.com, and Expedia. They offer great deals and multiple options. I always check all three to be sure of the best deals.

🛅 Do you have any luggage recommendations for traveling?

I do have a complete list of the best packing and luggage products that I recommend, you can check the list here. I’m currently traveling with this suitcase and this backpack.

Things to Do in Tignes in Summer: Final Thoughts

What struck me the most about visiting Tignes in summer (apart from how beautiful it is) was how much fun it was! With so many things to do in Tignes, you’ll never run out of sights to discover. One moment, I was summer skiing Tignes, amazed by the mountains around me, and the next, I was paddleboarding on a crystal-clear lake as if I were miles away from civilization. The food scene was a delightful surprise, too—so much variety and flavor packed into a tiny mountain town!

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