Outside of the snowy winter season this is a world of lush alpine meadows, dramatic mountain peaks, indigo blue lakes, deep forests, crashing waterfalls, and raging rivers. If you love the outdoors the Giffre Valley has 900km of footpaths and hiking trails and 350km of mountain bike trails for you to explore. The Giffre Valley has a large river running through the centre of it and mountains all around, culminating in the spectacular national park of Cirque-Fer-a-Cheval.
Also in the valley are the medieval villages of Samoens and Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval with a delightful selection of interesting shops and beautiful architecture. This is the perfect mountain and lake destination for those looking for a sophisticated culture alongside some of the best hiking, biking or walking holidays in the world.
If you can tear yourself away from this stunning valley and it’s dramatic mountain range, you may be interested in day trips to Yvoire – a very pretty, flower-filled small medieval village next to lake Geneva; Annecy – known as the French Venice this lakeside medieval town with mountain backdrops has a network of canals and lively streets; Chamonix – spiritual home of extreme mountain sports and home to northern Europe’s highest mountain peak Mont Blanc; and Geneva – packed with swish shops, and chocolate shops, and host to an stunning firework display in August every year.