With boundless sunlight and fresh air, the sparsely populated mountain villages around Praz sur Arly make for a safe and nearby getaway.
Give yourself a break with the closest you can get to normality at the current time. Our apartment with views of the mountains is housed in the beautiful Chalet Le Chanteret, in the hamlet of Praz-sur-Arly on the outskirts of France’s stylish Megève
It features 3 double bedrooms (all can be singles too) – one en-suite. It can comfortably sleep 6, or up to 8 with the addition of the living-room sofa bed.
So much to do, safely
Discover, as we have, there’s even more to do in the Alps in the Summer than in the Winter! The weather is typically sunny but fresh and never oppressive, with temperature typically in the mid-twenties C. Explore the stunning scenery and clear air on foot, bike or car. Take part in one of a multitude of sports. Relax in the Sun by one of the many village lakes. Make the weekly market an excuse to visit one of many local towns.
Pretty much everything is still open this Summer, although masks are essential in shops. The closest you’ll get to a crowd is by one of the lakes but even then we found it was easy to set up 3+m away from the nearest group and stay 2m+ away from anyone while swimming.
A safe getaway you can drive to in half a day
While it’s a world away it’s within easy reach of the UK. Praz sur Arly is set in France’s Mont Blanc valley, famed for being home to the town of Chamonix and many other Alpine resorts. By air, from the UK for example, it can be reached by a short flight of under 1h30m – to Geneva, plus a drive of less than 1h30m.
But last Summer, given the situation, we tried driving all the way for the first time and, at about 12 hours travelling time it’s perfectly doable – and SAFE! It’s really not much longer door-to-door than fly-drive plus there’s a lot less waiting, switching modes of transport and lugging bags. With Le Shuttle Eurotunnel, you never leave your own car, come close to another person or even need to put on a mask.
Bustling with Summer Activities
The area is famed for walking, hiking, climbing and increasingly mountain biking (VTT as the French call it) as well as paragliding and even wing-suits – for the very brave. The area’s Number One hot air ballooning operation is also situated in the centre of Praz sur Arly. Lifts are open in most towns and villages to take you up to explore the mountains.
You can visit some of the beautiful towns and villages within easy reach, such as Saint Gervais and Chamonix. Many, like Flumet, Combloux and Les Contamines feature man-made swimming lakes with beaches and watersports. The largest of them is in the nearby Sallanches valley. Stunning Lake Annecy, with its ancient town and extensive activities, is also only 30-40 minutes away.
Shopping, Eating etc.
The centre of Praz town is just 10 mins walk from the apartment and boasts some charming restaurants, bars and shops. Even closer is the sports area, featuring tennis, basketball, beach volleyball and petanque courts. There’s also mini golf, a climbing wall, a running track and an extensive kids playground. Plus you can take a break with a coffee or a glass of rosé in the charming café.
And, if you long for the high-life, it is also right on your doorstep. The upmarket shopping and restaurant-lined cobbled streets of the centre of Megève are just 5-10 drive. The mountain roads above are also peppered with award winning restaurants in striking setting. The town’s sports centre features an indoor and outdoor pool, plus a skating rink, a luge ride that’s amazing fun and many other activities.
Availability is running out this Summer
The Summer season runs from to June until early September, so please check out the Bookings Calendar for availability and fill in the form to make an enquiry.