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The top rainy-day activities in the Aravis

The Aravis is a brilliant destination to visit, no matter what the weather is like. Even on rainy days, there are plenty of activities to do to keep you entertained.

From exploring museums to getting active with indoor sports and fitness classes, there’s something for everyone. Plus, the cosy atmosphere of cafés and restaurants in the area provides a perfect setting to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery while staying dry.

Here are the top things to do in the Aravis when it’s raining…


Rainy days in the Aravis

A chart showing the average number of rainy days in the Aravis
The average number of rainy/snowy days per month in the Aravis © Besttimetovisit.co.uk

When planning your trip, it’s good to have an idea of the weather in the Aravis throughout the year. And as you can see from the graph above, rainfall varies significantly from one month to the next.

During the winter season, it’s highly likely for precipitation to be in the form of snow, creating excellent skiing conditions. On the other hand, if you plan on visiting Aravis in the summer, you can expect to experience warm and sunny days that gradually become cooler as autumn approaches.

However, weather can be extreme in the Alps, and conditions can change in an instant, with rain storms occurring at any time of year. Therefore, it’s a good idea to have a bank of rainy-day activities to turn to if the weather isn’t so good…

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The top 8 things to do in the Aravis when it’s raining

1. Treat yourself to a spa day

When the weather isn’t great, there’s nothing quite like a spa day to lift your spirits and help you relax. Luckily, the Aravis region is home to a number of spas to choose from, each offering its own unique atmosphere and range of treatments.

Whether you prefer hot stone massages, facials, swimming or simply soaking in a hot tub, there’s a spa that will cater to your needs. So why not treat yourself to a day of pampering and self-care the next time the rain starts pouring down?

Here are the top spas in the Aravis:

Three women wearing robes relax on deck chairs at the spa
Relax and unwind at the spa © Tilby Vittard/Aravis

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2. Visit Lo Garâjo

Located in a building that was once the garage of Manigod, Lo Garâjo is named after this piece of local history. Offering a range of hot drinks, beer, wine and delicious snacks, this café is a great place to take shelter from the rain for a couple of hours.

Warm up around the cosy fire or browse the shop’s eclectic range of unique items including handmade gifts, inspiring homeware and local artisan produce – the choice is yours!

Don’t forget to keep an eye on their Instagram to see their upcoming events and workshops too!

Homeware and gifts displayed in a shop
Don’t forget to pick up your holiday souvenirs from Lo Garâjo! © Lo Garâjo

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3. Take a day trip to Annecy

If you’ve got your car with you, we’d highly recommend taking a day trip to Annecy. With its stunning architecture, iconic landmarks, breathtaking lake and endless culinary offerings, there’ll be plenty of activities to fill your rainy-day agenda.

Take a look at our blog post on what to do in Annecy when it’s raining for more ideas.

Le Palais de I'Île, historic old prison in Annecy
Why not visit Le Palais de I’Île, one of the most photographed spots in Annecy? Photo by Mathias Reding on Unsplash

4. Sample the local cuisine

Eating and drinking are most certainly all-weather activities! And luckily, there are plenty of great places to dine out in the Aravis. Whether you’re looking to try local dishes such as tartiflette, raclette or fondue, or something more refined in a fine-dining atmosphere, you won’t need to look far.

Our La Clusaz restaurant guide provides some varied recommendations for places to eat out. Alternatively, for upscale dining options, our guide to Michelin-starred restaurants in Haute Savoie will steer you towards the finest spots in the region if you’re willing to travel a little further.

You can’t visit the Aravis without sampling the local dishes! © Tilby Vittard/Aravis

5. Visit Le Hameau des Alpes

Rainy days are the perfect opportunity to visit a museum and learn about local culture and traditions. Le Hameau des Alpes offers just that.

This small chalet has been converted into a museum dedicated to skiing and Reblochon, where you can discover the world of alpine farming and the origin of La Clusaz ski resort.

For more details including directions and opening times, visit the website.

A quaint wooden chalet in the snow
Soak up the local culture with a visit to Le Hameau des Alpes © OT La Clusaz / Julie Mugniery

6. Go ice skating

Ice skating is another great choice of activity when the weather turns bad, especially during the colder months.

There are two ice skating rinks you can head to throughout your holiday in the Aravis: one in Le Grand Bornand and the other in La Clusaz. Make sure to check the websites for more details on opening times, as these may differ depending on the time of year you visit.

Four friends link arms and ice skate in an indoor rink
Get your skates on and give ice skating a go! © Aravis/David Machet

7. Go bowling

Looking for a fun indoor activity on a rainy day? Head over to Le Bowling in La Clusaz, which is located right in the centre on Route des Grandes Alpes.

Not only can you stay warm and dry, but you can also enjoy some friendly competition and grab a drink from the bar while you play. If bowling isn’t your thing, there are plenty of arcade games to try if you prefer.

A man throws a bowling ball down a bowling lane
Bowling is a great go-to activity if the weather isn’t great – photo by Jorik Kleen on Unsplash

8. Explore the region’s events and entertainment

The collective resorts across the Aravis also plan a great deal of events and entertainment for all ages and interests, throughout the whole year. In rainy weather, you may find workshops or fitness events that you can take part in, so make sure to take a look at the following guides for inspiration:


With so much to see and do, the Aravis is a destination that can be enjoyed in all weather. Come rain or shine, you’ll never get bored of the stunning scenery, delicious food and fun-filled activities.

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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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