Les Houches has a great reputation as a summer resort. It is an excellent base to enjoy the warm sunny climate and enjoy your days undertaking a host of summer activities:
- Mountain Biking
- Dry sledge run
- Swimming either at the Chamonix pool or at one of the many lakes around the region
- Tennis (local club only 5 minute walk or at the Chamonix Tennis Centre)
For those who enjoy the physical side of a holiday, then Les Houches is ideal. The mountain walking
For wonderful views and a unique experience take the Aiguilles du Midi cable car. From the top, at 3790m (12,431ft.) you can travel by cable car over the glaciers into Italy. A spectacular journey. For those wanting a good days walk, buy a one-way ticket up the Le Brevant Cable car. From there you can walk back down, on well-marked paths, stopping off at a small, uncommercialised mountain zoo.
Les Houches is situated at the ‘mouth’ of the Mont Blanc tunnel, which is the gateway to other parts of Europe. Within 15 minutes you can be in Italy and experience a whole different culture. Visit Turin and Milan in the day and with an eight o’clock start you can be swimming in the Mediterranean well before lunch. For a really international day out you can breakfast in France, drive through the tunnel and have lunch in Italy. A scenic drive via the St. Bernard Pass will bring you to Switzerland for dinner, returning in time for supper in France.
The other way out of the valley will see you crossing the border into Switzerland in under thirty-five minutes. There is the dramatic Emosson Dam just over the border, with travel up to it by miniature train, cable car or road. Further on into Switzerland the town of Martigny is worth a visit. Zermatt and the Matterhorn are certainly worth the journey, and can be reached in the day.
Staying in France you can follow the signs to Megeve and beyond. There you will find a really interesting rural part of France to just drive or walk around.
And of course there is Chamonix itself. Unlike many other ski resorts this is a proper town with some unspoiled Haut Savoyard architecture. There is the alpine Museum to visit and some delightful walks along the River Arve, which, at certain times of the year, you can go white water rafting on. The lively main street is ideal for shopping with numerous bars and restaurants.
For those missing the feeling of being beside the sea there is an even better alternative in the lake at Annecy. Just sixty miles from the apartments, this is a lovely town with the most crystal clear, warm water for swimming in.