Summer in the Mountains

Far-reaching landscapes, clean air, natural heritage, local gastronomy… France’s Mountain regions offer a huge number of opportunities for summer activities when it comes to resting and relaxing.

The diversity of the countryside and leisure activities on offer add to the appeal, encouraging international tourists to stay longer.


  • Clear differentiation between different mountain regions, attracting a great diversity of clients;
  • Highly developed infrastructure and excellent accommodation capacity;
  • A rich cultural and festive offering, in perpetual development.


  • Each year, France’s mountain regions attract €5bn in tourist investments.
  • These regions welcome more than 30 million hotel nights annually, including more than 8 million nights for foreign visitors.
  • To this, one can add 9.7 million nights in open-air accommodation and 3.7 million international clients in mountain B&Bs.


Rafting, trout fishing, paragliding, via ferrata, mountain biking and little tourist trains – the Pyrenees has something for everyone in the summer.

One can go rafting, canyoning, or try “hydrospeed” in one of the numerous wild rivers: Neste d’Aure, the Gave de Pau, the Défilé de la Pierre-Lys in the Aude area, oSMGAF_Summer_in_the_mountains_rafting_The_Pyreneesr the Nive in the Basque country. For lovers of land-based activities, there are sporty adventures with a mountain bike on mountain trails, petrifying descents on reconverted ski slopes or climbing trails to some of France’s most beautiful locations.

Via ferrata proposes thrilling sensations, with vertiginous overhangs. And one mustn’t forget the little trains, such as La Rhune which celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2014, the Artouste in the Ossau valley, or the incomparable Train Jaune – the famous “Canary”: 63 kilometres and a 1,200-metre ascent, passing through the Bolquère station at an altitude of 1,592 metres.



In the heart of the Massif of Aravis, Haute- Savoie, located in le Grand-Bornand, we find an authentic mountain village of 400 century-old chalets located on the great Alpine road. In summer, this station hosts the traditional “Au Bonheur des Mômes” (happiness of the kids) festival, the first such cultural event in Europe dedicated to young audiences.

From one edition to another, the festival continues its exploration of the fabulous creative possibilities on offer for young audiences and opens its horizons to other artistic disciplines. If this festival is like no other, it’s because it ignores prejudices, celebrating cultural diversity in all its forms while keeping a festive spirit.

In addition, workshops, exhibitions, entertainment, games and children’s books are all part of the fun… 6 days of amusement for all the family!