The Alps

5 reasons to visit the Alps in July

Despite the Alps’ reputation as a winter sports playground, there are many reasons to visit in summer too. July is a beautiful month to plan a trip, and with summer in full swing, there is plenty to see and do as the Alps welcome in a new season.

In this post, we share 5 reasons to visit the Alps in July including:

  • Cycling and the Tour de France
  • Hiking holidays
  • Amazing weather
  • Activities and events
  • Wellness trips

So whether you’re travelling with kids, as a couple or with a group of friends, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable summer break in the Alps. Read on to find out more…

Why visit the Alps in July?

1. Cycling and the Tour de France

For cycling enthusiasts, there is no better month to visit the Alps than in July. Fans flock to the various stages to witness the best international riders take part in the world-famous Tour de France and even try out some of the routes for themselves.

The Tour de France takes place for 3 weeks each July and the Alps feature heavily throughout the stages. Many ski resorts have been visited by the Tour de France including Morzine, Megève, La Clusaz, Tignes, to name a few.

For this year’s route and more details about the schedule, visit the Tour de France website.

But you don’t have to be a pro athlete to enjoy cycling in the Alps in the summer! July is a peak time in the cycling season, and many people challenge themselves to some of the stages of the Tour de France just for fun in L’Étape du Tour de France.

And if you’re a beginner, there are plenty of routes you can try out to get a feel for the sport, just ask at your local tourist office for a map and further guidance.

The race leaders as they came through Manigod on the way up to the Col de la Croix Fry - Photo credit: Tim Andrews
The Tour de France leaders as they came through Manigod on the way up to the Col de la Croix Fry

Mountain biking

Whether you’re a novice, an expert or you’re getting your kids into the sport, the Alps are a mountain biking mecca, home to countless tracks for all abilities.

The Portes du Soleil specifically is a hotspot for mountain bikers. Morzine, Les Gets, Avoriaz, Les Linderets, Châtel, Les Crosets, Champery & Morgins are all connected via lifts and there is over 650km of trails to explore.

A man rides down a trail on a mountain bike
Hop on two wheels and explore the mountains in a new way! Photo by Chris Henry on Unsplash

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2. Hiking holidays

In the Alps, there are endless opportunities for avid hikers. From challenging ascents to casual strolls, if your goal is to spend the majority of your holiday outdoors exploring the mountains, then a hiking retreat in July is perfect for you.

Here are some handy guides for your hiking holiday:

If you plan on bringing your dog on holiday with you, there are also a multitude of trails for you to discover together. But just be aware that temperatures can rise to the mid-twenties and above, so always consider the welfare of your dog before taking them on hikes with you. Also, make sure you’re also aware of what to do if you come across a mountain sheepdog on your hike.

A couple hike in the mountains with back packs and the woman points out at the scenery
You’ll never tire of the endless hiking trails in the Alps!

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3. Amazing weather

Many people associate the Alps with cold, snowy weather. And although this is most definitely the case in winter, the summer brings glorious blue skies and hot, sunny climates. So, if you love the mountains but can’t stand the cold – July is definitely the time to visit!

There are plenty of wonderful lakes to cool off at too, such as Lake Annecy, Combloux Biotope Lake, Montriond Lake, Lake Vonnes, Lac de Passy and many more. You can enjoy watersports, fishing, BBQs, picnics, walks or just a swim on your trip to the Alps in July. (Make sure to check restrictions before visiting, some lakes do not allow dogs or swimming in certain areas, for example.)

People ride orange pedalos on Lake Annecy
Enjoy a pedalo ride on Lake Annecy this July – photo by Stephen H on Unsplash

4. Activities and events

Sporting events, festivals, music concerts and guided activities take place all throughout July in all major Alpine resorts. Take a look at our “What’s On” guides below to find out what’s happening near you this summer:

And with schools breaking up in early July in France, there are plenty of family-friendly summer activities and events to keep your kids entertained too. Simply check with your local tourist office to find out what’s on near you.

A man and a woman run a DJ set in the mountains.
Radio Meuh DJ set at Le Champ des Platines © C. Hudry

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5. Wellness trips

July is a brilliant time to plan a wellness retreat in the mountains. Practise yoga with a view or take a mindful walk through the mountain pastures – there are plenty of ways to enjoy a restorative break in the Alps.

If you’re staying in the Aravis, why not take part in the La Clusaz Yoga Festival, which takes place each July? Or visit one of the many wellness centres in the Alps such as QC Terme in Chamonix for a day of pampering and self-care.

A woman stands with her back to the camera facing a mountain lake with arms raise to the sky
Plan a wellness break in the Alps this July

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We hope you found this guide useful and are ready to start planning your July holiday! If you’re still unsure when to visit, then check out our other guides on when to visit the Alps.

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