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Water Activities in the French Alps

The Alps are home to some beautiful areas for watersports. Take advantage of the scenic natural lakes, family-friendly swimming spots and man-made watersports areas, and enjoy the mountains from a whole other angle. Enjoy a wide variety of sports, find inspiration and ideas below. 



Natural swimming spots

There’s nothing like the feeling of swimming in a natural lake in the French Alps. Combloux has a beautiful ecological lake perfect for family swimming, or try Lac Flumet near Notre Dame de Bellecombe or the Lac aux Dames in Samoëns, which forms part of an outdoor swimming complex. Get more ideas on our blog




There are several natural lakes in the Alps that offer sailing for your summer holidays. For example, on Lake Annecy (the purest lake in Europe) there are several sailing clubs offering lessons - or for you can rent a boat with a driver! The Maurienne Valley also has various lakes.

Or head to Lac aux dames in Samoens which form part of the large swimming complex. In the summer they offer various sailing courses.



Canoeing and kayaking is available on many of the Alpine rivers. Some of our summer resorts offer lessons and tour experiences led by guides.

Try kayaking in Tignes or any of the resorts in the Mont Blanc area make a great base for the Arve river - a great spot for canoeing.



The Giffre river is a popular mountain watersports destination for rafting. Waterfalls, narrow gorges and the wide Vallon plane create the perfect currents for white water rafting holidays. Samoens, Morillon or Sixt Fer-a-Cheval make great bases to make the most of this rafting hot spot.



A unique guide-led experience exploring canyons and gorges along the Alpine rivers. There are plenty of opportunities to try canyoning in Chamonix and its surrounding areas (Les HouchesArgentiere, Vallorcine). There are also many locations in the Grand Massif.


Some of the other watersports you can try include hydrospeeding, airboating, paddleboarding, jet skiing and windsurfing. Discover the best places for watersports, or if you have any questions please call our friendly team to learn more about summer mountain holidays in France.



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