Our pick #7
Set at the base of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps, Chamonix is truly a year-round destination. Renowned for its skiing and snowboarding during winter, Chamonix’s beautiful walking trails are revealed for the summer hiking season. The town itself features a pedestrianised centre full of lively bars, shops, restaurants and spas making it the perfect spot for an après-ski cocktail. Brave the 3,842-metre ascent by cable car to the Aiguille du Midi and be rewarded with 360-degree, panoramic views of the Swiss, French and Italian Alps. Take the Montenvers train up through the pine forests to visit France’s largest glacier, the Mer de Glace, and the impressive sculptures of the Ice Cave. There really is no end to Chamonix’s adventurous activities, with paragliding, ice climbing, dog sledding, horse trekking, mountain biking and more on offer.