Summer Events Across the Alps26 May, 2023 by Investors In Property
As the busy winter season comes to a close, the mountains prepare for their summer unveiling. The snowy slopes are transformed into colourful, lush meadows and the inviting lakes warm up and glisten in the sun. Summer in the Alps is just as lively as the winter and offers a whole new type of beauty and countless seasonal activities. From thrilling sports competitions to vibrant festivals, the Alpine resorts promise endless fun and a calendar bursting with engaging events. Here are some of the highlights in the months ahead.
The Tour de France, surely the world's most prestigious cycling race, will wind its majestic way through the French Alps, passing the likes of Morzine (8th July), Les Gets (9th July), Combloux (11th July) and Courchevel (12th July). If you’re fortunate enough to be in this region this summer, be sure to watch the impressive riders from one of the many viewing points.
If you’re inspired and want to take part in a race yourself, head over to Megeve for the Megeve- Mont Blanc cycle! Welcoming people of all ages and abilities, the race has three different circuits: 60 km, 100 km and 150 km. There is also a gravel biking circuit of 75 km.
Also, in the Portes du Soleil region between France and Switzerland from the 23rd to the 25th June, the annual Pass’Portes du Soleil will be taking place. This famous mountain biking event will cover 80 km of terrain and a mighty descent of 6,500m! In previous years the race has seen almost 10,000 riders take part, with Les Gets and Morzine being the most popular starting places, so if you’re thinking of attending – get in quick!
If four wheels rather than two are your preference, Morzine will be holding the Mont Blanc Rally from the 31st August to the 2nd of September. This iconic sports car race brings spectators from all around the globe to watch an array of remarkable cars, both vintage and new as they race around the dramatic mountain scenery.
Moving over into Switzerland in the stunning golf hub of Crans Montana, on the 31st of August the Omega European Masters begin. Witnessing world-class golfers compete in one of the most respected and traditional sporting events around is something not to be missed.
Other enticing events in the Swiss Alps include the EFG Swiss Tennis Open in Gstaad between the 15 – 23rd July and the Gornergrat Zermatt marathon from the 1st July. The IFSC World Cup will also make its way through the Alps, so whether you’re spending your summer in Austria, Switzerland or France, the chance to watch this globally renowned climbing championship is on offer. The boulder and lead competition will be in Innsbruck (14-18th June), the lead and speed race will be in Chamonix (30th June – 2nd July) and also in Villars (7-9th July).
If competitions aren’t really your thing, then fear not because the Alps can provide you with hundreds of other sports that are far less pressured but just as enjoyable. For adventure seekers there is a plethora of exhilarating sports such as white-water rafting, rock climbing and paragliding! The terrain for biking and hiking routes is almost endless and there is always a new journey to discover for those wanting a summer of exploration and serenity.
With the days longer and the weather warmer, there’s nothing like music to bring people together in the summer months and thankfully, the Alps deliver! Over in Austria, Lech is hosting the Lech Classic Festival from the 31st July to the 6th August. Starting the festival off with excellence, the event will see the incredible Camilla Nylund perform at the opening concert.
The eagerly awaited Cosmo Jazz Festival in Chamonix takes place between the 22nd and 29th of July. Amongst the phenomenal artists listed are Dhafer Youssef, Gabi Hartmann, and João Selva, just to name a few! What’s more, the festival is completely free.
Another wonderful event is the Montreux Jazz festival from the 30th June to the 15th July. Every year it attracts world-class musicians who are delighted to perform in the sublime surroundings of Lake Geneva and its captivating mountain scenery. The festival creates a joyous atmosphere and for those lucky enough to attend this year there will be over 400 performances.
In addition, from the 14th to the 30th July Verbier will hold its yearly Festival. The classical event brings together music enthusiasts, a selection of the world’s most renowned musicians and an exciting array of new talent waiting to be discovered.
Of course, all this culture creates a hearty appetite. Fortunately, the ski resorts are as proud about their food as we are excited and are blessing us with some delicious culinary events this summer.
The extravagant Kitchen Party in Zermatt will be held on the 25th August and should be at the top of everyone’s lists. The most exquisite delicacies will be served by an international line-up of the most highly regarded chefs. Even your highest expectations will be exceeded by the delectable dishes served. Indulge yourself with a perfect Valais wine whilst you savour both local and seasonal dishes.
The Nostalgic Culinary Mile in Saas Fee on the 10th September is one of our favourite events across the Alps in the summer season. Let the path transport you back in time as people dress up in local costume and tempt you with traditional foods and delights. The aroma of flavours and display of dishes will leave your eyes pleased and your stomachs full!
If you’re vising the Alps this summer, don’t hesitate to get in touch and one of our team will be more than pleased to advise you.