If donning lycra and hitting the road is how you like to holiday, where better than a location on the route of the Tour de France? Not only is the cycling around Alpe d’Huez exceptional, but there’s plenty to do for the non-cyclists in your party too.
Alpe d’Huez is a climb which has now featured in 30 editions of the Tour de France, and it is instantly recognisable from the air. A steep climb is compounded by the need to navigate 21 hairpin bends along the way.
It’s a fearsome climb for even the most experienced cyclist, and has made or lost many a Tour de France. For the amateur cyclist, it’s a pilgrimage second to none, albeit one you’ll need to be in peak physical condition to take on. The ascent comprises a 13.8km section of the Tour de France, the highest point of which is 1,850 metres - high enough for some spectacular views!
The region has plenty to offer for families and non-cyclists too, however, making it a popular spot as a holiday destination in the summer, as well as a skiing hotspot in the winter months.
On the doorstep of the Ecrins National Park, you’ll find plenty of outdoorsy activities - from walking in beautiful Alpine meadows, to fearsome mountain-biking tracks. A great way to see the area at a more relaxed pace is by taking a canoeing or kayaking excursion.
Paddling gently down Alpine streams and rivers, you’ll have all the time in the world to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding you.
Little ones will find plenty to keep them entertained - but if you’re visiting in August, the Lac de Bergers fishing contest is unmissable. The whole lake is a designated children’s area, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to practise first. Then, children up to the age of 13 can compete in an Angling competition - definitely an activity to write home about!
It’s a beautiful area of the world offering lots to do all year round. If you’re thinking of buying in the Alpe d’Huez area, get in touch - we have a large portfolio of investment properties and holiday homes for sale right across the Alps.