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5 reasons to visit the Alps in October

Despite the Alps’ reputation as a winter sports playground, there are also many reasons to visit in the interseason. The month of October is a great time to travel – resorts are usually quieter, holidays are cheaper, and the changing trees enrich the natural beauty of the mountains.

In this post, we highlight the top 5 reasons to visit the Alps in October, including:

  • Cheaper holidays
  • Romantic getaways
  • Remote working
  • Pet-friendly stays
  • Wellness retreats

Read on to find out more about each one!


Why visit the Alps in October?

1. Cheaper holidays

October is generally considered a ‘low-season’ month in the Alps. This means that holidays in general tend to be more budget-friendly and resorts are less crowded.

Accommodation and flights will be much cheaper than in the peak months of December, February, July and August and you won’t need to factor in the cost of a ski pass.

Another benefit of cheaper holidays is that you can take advantage of shorter stays. Throughout peak times, these are far more costly, therefore many people will opt for a quick mountain getaway in the interseason instead.

Do bear in mind that because October is an off-peak time, some businesses in the Alps may also take a holiday during this time. Make sure to check ahead of time before visiting certain restaurants, for example, or be aware that some services may be restricted.

Lake in Chamonix with autumnal trees reflecting in the water
Chamonix in autumn

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2. Romantic stays

With the changing colour of the leaves, wrapping up for walks through the woods and drinking hot chocolates, October is the ideal time for a cosy romantic break with your loved one. Resorts are quieter and accommodation is cheaper, so it’s easier to find a great value chalet for two.

At OVO Network, our “Cool for Couples” partner properties are perfect for romantic getaways. Whether you’re looking for stunning mountain views, luxury features such as hot tubs and saunas or a secluded hideout for two, you’re sure to find your dream chalet.

What’s more, you’ll be able to enjoy endless activities together straight from your doorstep. Fitness enthusiasts can enjoy mountain biking, hiking or climbing, for example. And for foodies, there are plenty of Michelin-star restaurants for special occasions – or if you simply want to relax, why not visit a spa for a couples massage?

A woman and man's legs are photographed walking through fallen autumn leaves
Enjoy a romantic getaway with your loved one this October – photo by Takahiro Sakamoto on Unsplash

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3. Remote working holidays

With remote work more common than ever, many of us can enjoy greater flexibility. So why not trade in your home office for a luxury chalet in the Alps?

The autumn months are perfect for a remote working holiday in the mountains. So, if you fancy a change of scenery, but can’t get the time off work, then this is perfect for you.

When you book a remote working chalet with OVO Network, you’ll have all you need with fast Wifi and private desk space, whilst being immersed in the beautiful surroundings of the Alps. Spend your time off hiking, cycling, sightseeing, sampling the local cuisine and much more!

A home working space with a velux window, desk, cow printed chair and desk lamp
Enjoy this cosy home office at Chalet Aravista in Le Grand Bornand

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4. Pet-friendly stays

October is the ultimate time to take your four-legged friend on a pet-friendly holiday in the Alps. Fewer crowds and cooler temperatures make it ideal for exploring the many dog-friendly hikes on offer! Owners and their dogs can enjoy exploring the forests dusted with fallen leaves or take an autumnal stroll around an Alpine lake.

At OVO Network, we work with a wide range of pet-friendly properties which will welcome you and your dog with open arms.

Plus, the Alps on the whole is a very dog-friendly destination, so you’ll find plenty of cafés, bars, restaurants and even shops which will allow you to visit with your pet.

A brown dog lies in brown fallen leaves in a forest
Dogs will love the cooler temperatures and fallen leaves in October – photo by Jamie Street on Unsplash

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5. Wellness retreats

October is a brilliant time to plan a wellness retreat in the Alps. With the crowds dispersed, you can embrace the peace and tranquillity of the mountains and recharge your batteries.

Practise yoga with a view, take a mindful walk through the mountain pastures or unwind in a wellness centre such as QC Terme in Chamonix – there are plenty of ways to enjoy a restorative break in the Alps.

At OVO Network, many of our partner chalets are perfectly equipped for wellness retreats. Take a look below at Chalet Le Mousqueton in La Clusaz:

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We hope you found this guide useful and are ready to start planning your October 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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About Author

Hi, I’m Amy. I am a Copywriter and Editor for OVO Network. I have lived between the French Alps and UK and love to share my knowledge of the area with readers!

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