/ Alps destination ideas - help!
5 days campsite camping in the Alps in mid august with 7yr old child (can walk upto 10km + 900m ascent type walks/scrambles). Will have own transport.
No further east than a line from Zurich to Milan.
Quiet area (yep, I know its mid august, but one can hope).
Not 5 days of rain.
Interesting/quiet walking/scrambling day walks.
Rivers to jump in and picnic alongside on rest days.
I haven't been to the Alps for over 15 yrs and I'm struggling a bit, so any suggestions and ideas would be much appreciated.
Go to the campsite in La Fouly. It is grassy, open and very kid-friendly. And there's super walking in the area.
(I'm biased. I descovered this campsite when my kids were 5 and 7, and haven't looked elsewhere since. For kids, it's head and shoulders above any other alpine campsite I've been to.)
More info here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2009/mar/22/europe-mountains
Thanks for the relpies everyone - a great help. The 5 days is part of a longer holiday, so travel time from uk is not an issue. Any further suggestions would be much appreciated. Ta.
I would suggest the Abondance or Aulps valleys just south of Geneva. Its not too long a journey from Calais, and has a good balance of child friendly mountains and Lake Geneva not far away for a 'beach'. The portes du Soleil offers a summer multipass which gives you access to tennis courts, swimming pools and chairlifts for walking if you want to use them for €6 a day. Theres a fair number of activities on offer around as well if there is a rainy day.
The Abondance side is a bit more French than the Aulps side, both are very friendly. And lots of campsites!
(I live here so give me a shout if you want to know more!)
Last summer, I spent about a week and a half camping at Bourg D'Oisans. Plenty of walking and via ferrata around there (and you can get a free list of routes from the Tourist Info). Would recommend it!
The Maurienne is very family friendly but has lots of mountain activities to do too:
About 1.5 hours from Chambery, 9-10 hours from Calais.
Cheap campsites, great food, loads of diffrent activities - via Ferrata, MTB, walking, easy rock climbing, camping/bivying in the wild, lots of wild life.
Also better weather than northern and higher alps
Oh and a selection of good patisseries in town
Thanks for the above replies - all good food for thought!
Vallouise - in the valley up to Ailefroide in the Ecrin Alps. Excellent walking from there.
Further up the valley in Ailefroide there's excellent climbing although the campsite there get's fairly crowded in Aug.
Or, as has been suggested, Bourg d'Oisans...
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