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Why visit the Alps in the autumn season?

The changing colour of the leaves, wrapping up for walks through the woods and drinking hot chocolates- autumn season in the Alps is the hidden gem which has so much to offer! Whether you’re looking for sporting activities, or simply want to experience the charm of the mountains before winter, there’s something for everyone at this time of year. Read on to discover why you should visit the Alps in autumn…


What are the advantages of visiting the French Alps in the autumn season?

With winter and summer being the most popular times to visit the French Alps, the off-peak periods are often overlooked. But there are a number of advantages of taking your holidays as the seasons change:

Fewer crowds

The Alps can become a hot spot for activity at peak times, so those looking for a relaxing, slower paced break will enjoy visiting in the autumn season. Although some activities may not be as readily available, this time of year is great for those who enjoy making the most of their time off the pistes.

Lower costs

Accommodation, flights, activities and excursions tend to cost a little more when there is higher demand. So, visiting the Alps in autumn can be a great option for groups who are on a tighter budget.

Autumn in the French Alps – photograph by Pierre Guilbaud.

Get active

Autumn in the Alps is a great time to get outside and embrace nature. Hiking, biking and paragliding are just some of the unforgettable activities on offer throughout the inter season, and with fewer people around, you can sometimes have a little more flexible when booking slots.

If you’re bringing your four-legged friend with you for your autumn getaway, then take a look at our blog on dog-friendly hikes in the Alps.

Make sure you have your camera to capture those unforgettable autumnal views! Photo by Jonathan Pendleton.

Accommodation with a difference

Staying in a property with outstanding facilities is a great option throughout autumn. Chalets with hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, home cinemas and child-friendly amenities make the perfect hub for large families heading to the Alps in autumn. With log burning fires, cosy reading corners and plenty of room to relax – there’s plenty of excuses to embrace the great indoors too!

Some restaurants may be quieter at this time of year, others may close completely. However groups who fancy a night in with a twist should consider hiring a private chef to cater for them. Sample the delicious local cuisine, without the stress of making a reservation, or rounding up the family to head out!

Other great at-home experiences include wine tasting and spa treatments, so don’t forget to ask your property manager for recommendations!

Hot tubs like this one at Chalet Alti, Le Grand Bornand make it difficult to leave the doorstep of your chalet!

Work from a “home away from home”

Covid-19 has meant many of us have had to work remotely, proving that a lot of people can work from anywhere! Why not take advantage of this flexibility to get a change of scenery? The opportunity to embrace stunning landscape from your doorstep is a great way to recharge on your lunch break or after a day of work. Many OVO Network properties have spacious dining and living areas that are perfect for people who are able to work on the go.


So, what are you waiting for? Whether your a nature-lover or an outdoors-enthusiast, you are bound to fall under the charm of the Alps in autumn! Head to our website to find the right property for you.

There are so many photo opportunities as the seasons change, so don’t forget to share your pictures with @ovonetwork and use #ovonetwork to have them featured on our social media!

About Author

Hi I’m Amy and I work on the Social Media Team at OVO Network. I have spent winters in the Alps since 2016 and I am now based in the beautiful town of Annecy. I love making the most of being surrounded by the lake and mountains with my dog!