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Fun-Filled Family Active Holidays in The Alps to Try This Summer

The Alps, with their snow-capped mountains, extravagant beauty, and picturesque scenery are one of the most sought-after destinations that families plan to explore. However, it is true that when you think of the Alps, you primarily think of winter activities like snowboarding.

However, planning your summer activity holidays in the Alps with your family is one of the best decisions you will potentially make in your life. From hiking to mountain biking, the Alps is a treasure trove for a variety of activities that you can enjoy during the summer months with your family. To make your trip convenient, prepare everything before departure and book a vacation rental with cozycozy.

This article will delve into all the top fun-filled family activity holidays that you can plan in the Alps during the summer months.

1. Hiking

There’s no point visiting somewhere like the Alps and not engaging in a scenic hike through the lush greenery, fresh air, and beautiful trails.

Scheduling and going on a hike through the Alps trails are potentially one of the most therapeutic experiences you can indulge in during your trip. You get to enjoy the beauty of nature while getting some exercise.

The Alps has over 200 hiking trails, ranging from beginner-friendly to advanced trails that you can plan your hike through. One of the most popular hikes is through the Eiger trail, which looks over the stunning views of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains.

However, if you are looking for a more family-friendly and beginner-friendly hiking trail, the Hohsaas family trail is an easier option that covers the views of the Saas Valley.

2. Mountain Biking

Another popular summer activity in the Alps you can engage in with family is Mountain Biking. With its rugged terrain and stunning landscapes, the region is a paradise for mountain bikers of all levels.

The Alps offer an extensive network of mountain biking trails that is suited for every level of expertise. For example, if you are a novice and don’t want to get yourself in trouble, there are beginner-friendly mountain biking spots.

Among all the top mountain biking spots, one that stands out is Verbier Bike Park. If that isn’t accessible, another popular spot is the Portes du Soleil. This network lets you bike through Morzine, Avoriaz, Chatel, Morgins, and Champery.

3. Paragliding

If you aren’t afraid of heights and want to tick off paragliding off your bucket list, that’s another family-friendly activity you can check out when in the Alps. This is the kind of summer activity that’s ideal for adventurous families who are ready to take on every opportunity that’s thrown their way.

The Alps host some of the best paragliding spots in the world. Not only do you get to soak in the breathtaking views of the surroundings, but you also get to fly free as a bird.

Amidst all the available spots, Chamonix is undoubtedly the most popular paragliding spot in the Alps. With a view of Mont Blanc and the adjoining mountains, paragliding through those spots are a once in a lifetime kind of experience.

What’s great is that most of these paragliding spots offer paragliding lessons for beginners. So, if you have family members who have little to no knowledge about paragliding, these centers have got your back.

4. Whitewater rafting

Another adrenaline-pumping summer activity for families that’s worth trying out is Whitewater rafting. This is perfect for both families and children alike, so you won’t have to worry about safety while you are traipsing through the river.

Italy has some of the most popular rafting spots, followed by Austria, France, and Switzerland. One thing about Whitewater rafting that we’d recommend is to avoid doing it if your children are too small. Most of these spots come with age restrictions but be safe with the decisions you make.

Thanks to the fast-flowing rivers and the stunning scenery, the Lütschine River in Interlaken is one of the best spots to try out Whitewater rafting. Combining the challenging rapids with the breathtaking view of the surroundings makes this adventure worthwhile.

5. Canyoning

Now, this might sound a lot similar to canoeing but these are completely different activities. Canyoning is a recreational activity that combines a few different activities, including hiking, climbing, abseiling, swimming, and cliff jumping (in some cases).

So, with your family by your side, availing of a canyoning activity package seems like the perfect package deal. This kind of activity is perfect if you want to explore the hidden canyons in the Alps. Now, do you understand where this activity gets its name from?

If you are looking for a good place to start, Gorges du Fier in Annecy is a pretty great spot to get started. Featuring narrow gorges, waterfalls, and unique rock formations, this entire activity with your family isn’t going to disappoint.

Since canyoning involves extensive exploration and adventures, you will have trained canyoning guides who will enable you to explore the hidden spots with optimal safety and efficiency.

6. Via Ferrata

Now, if you aren’t an adventure bug, hearing the term Via Ferrata might not strike a chord. However, when it comes to a nerve-wracking yet one-of-a-kind thrilling activity to indulge in, this is it.

The activity involves scaling the mountain ranges in the Alps leveraging ropes, ladders, and steel cables. We have to reiterate that this activity is not for the faint of heart. It is also not ideal if your family has small children.

That said, The Dolomites in Italy are one of the most popular Via Ferrata spots that you can explore. However, the climb is quite challenging, so families with younger children might not find it feasible. An easier option, in that case, is Via Ferrata in the Ötztal Alps.

7. Horse Riding

If climbing, walking and too much adventure are not only your cards for your next vacation to the Alps, Horse Riding is a pretty laidback summer activity you can try with your friends.

There are a variety of equestrian centers available across Chamonix, Morzine, La Plagne, Méribel, Tignes, and Val d’Isère that you can check out, depending on which part of the Alps you are vacationing to.

A horse-riding experience in the Alps is the added benefits. Not only you get to ride a horse on a guided (or unguided) trip, but you get to explore the Alpine scenery and explore the surroundings. Also, it is safe for every age group, so no one in your family gets left out.

Planning your next vacation to the Alps during the summer months? Ensure that you don’t miss out on engaging in any of these above-mentioned activities. They are fun, adrenaline-pumping, and exhilarating experiences you won’t get to experience elsewhere.