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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

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 (pictured above), 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.

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Les Fermes du Mont Blanc, Combloux offers everything needed for a great value, comfortable summer holiday. Located in an ideal position to visit the charming authentic village and the ecological lake.

Le Village

Le Village, Notre-Dame de Bellecombe is ideally located right in the heart of the village by the church: very close to the shops, mini-market, bakery, restaurants and bars. Facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool.

Les Chalets de Layssia

Les Chalets de Layssia, Samoëns offers an unrivalled village centre location. It's wonderfully convenient for all the shops, restaurants and amenities. Private indoor heated swimming pool with a separate pool for children. 

 Sailing in the lakes of the french alps


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 Samoëns which form part of the large swimming complex. Many lakes offer sailing lessons in the summer months.

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Les Chataigniers

Les Chataigniers, Annecy is set in a quiet location surrounded by open spaces. Facilities include both an outdoor and indoor swimming pool, children’s play area and daily pony rides (in July and August during school holidays)!

Les Chalets de Flambeau

Les Chalets de Flambeau, Val Cenis are luxurious apartments. Facilities include a private indoor heated swimming-pool and paddling-pool with Jacuzzis, saunas, steam room and fitness room. You may also find time to be pampered in the luxurious Ô des Cîmes Spa!

Alexane, samoens

Residence Alexane, Samoëns is perfectly located just 150m from the resort centre and enjoys one of the most convenient positions in the resort. Facilities include an indoor heated pool and separate children’s pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, Nordic bath, sensory shower and fitness room!

Things to do in France in the summer

Canoe, Kayaking & Rafting

Canoeing and kayaking are available on many  Alpine rivers and 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 and Samoens, Morillon or Sixt Fer-a-Cheval make great bases to make the most of this rafting hot spot.

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Le Telemark

Le Telemark, Tignes Le Lac is a prestige residence located at the entrance of the resort. 300m from the centre of Le Lac, its shops, restaurant and activities. You can relax and enjoy the indoor swimming pool with Jacuzzis, saunas, steam room and fitness room and be pampered in the luxurious spa.

Les Marmottes

Chalet Les Marmottes, Morillon is set amongst similar stylish chalets, a short walk from the village centre, restaurants and the swimming lake. It has a sunny south-facing balcony, a spacious terrace and a covered BBQ area. This chalet sleeps up to 14 people so ideal for mountain adventures!

Chalet Le Penoutlay, Sixt Fer-a-Cheval sits in a commanding position towards the top of a steep hillside leading to the tiny hamlet of Passy, less than a mile from the centre of Sixt. South-facing, it enjoys some breathtaking views and there's nowhere better to relax than the sunny terrace.

Canyoning in France


A unique guide-led experience exploring canyons and gorges along the Alpine rivers. Think all the adventures rolled into one - you can slide down natural water-slides, jump into pools, abseil down waterfalls and even zipline across ravines! Usually, participants have to be 8+, be able to swim and not be scared to jump 3-4 meters. There are plenty of opportunities to try canyoning in Chamonix and its surrounding areas such as Les HouchesArgentiere, Vallorcine. There are also many locations in the Grand Massif

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Le Cristal de Jade

Le Cristal de Jade, Chamonix is just 200m from the centre of Chamonix, These luxurious apartments combine traditional alpine architecture with high standard and modern facilities. Facilities include a pool as well as a Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and fitness room.


Elena, Les Houches is perfectly located in one of the most convenient positions, right in the village centre. It is the perfect base for a relaxing stay in this beautiful resort, as well as for exploring beyond in the Chamonix valley. Facilities include a pool, children’s pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room, Nordic bath and fitness room.

Les ports du mont blanc

Les Portes du Mont Blanc, Vallorcine is in a beautiful location with fab facilities including a leisure area with an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and steam room. There's also a spa to unwind in. During the holidays for the younger guests, there is a professional, multi-language supervised kids-club available.

This is just a taster of what the French Alps can offer! Other watersports you can try include hydrospeeding, air-boating, paddleboarding, jet skiing and windsurfing. Discover the best places for watersports, or if you have any questions call 023 9283 9310 or send an email to learn more about summer mountain holidays in France.


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