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Brides les Bains


Brides les Bains is at least as vibrant in the summer as it is in the winter season. There is so much to do both in village itself and in the surrounding area. The village has a friendly French atmosphere.  The architecture is traditional and the mountains provide a fantastic backdrop whichever way you look.  It is authentically French with artisan bakers and traditional shops selling regional cheeses and meats. Every Wednesday in the summer there is a large market, selling just about everything from local food and crafts to fashion, accessories and state of the art cookware. The central river and garden area is incredibly pretty and is an abundance of flowers in the summer. At night this is all lit up and is a wonderful place for a romantic walk.

There is a large open-air swimming pool and tennis courts in the centre of the village. For younger children, the village has two play parks.


One of the real star qualities of staying in Brides le Bains is the world famous town’s spa. This is a haven for people that want to lose a bit of weight or relax and unwind. There’s a wide choice of relaxing treatments on offer and the prices are very reasonable, for example a two day package of treatments and use of the spa facilities is €155, or of course you can just chose a single treatment.


There is also nightlife if you want it; there are good restaurants (Le Petit Auberge is one of our favourites), bars and a great Pizza restaurant (just 100 from the apartments on the left). There is a nightclub and the Three Valleys only casino.



The surrounding area.


The opportunities really are endless and we can mention just a few.  The tourist office in the town square is always helpful and will give you brochures and maps.


Walking:

There are gentle strolls for those who want to take it easy or have children and longer hikes for those who are serious about walking, all with the most beautiful views. Some of the main lifts in Meribel are open on certain days of the week; Tougnete 1, Tougnete 2 and Pas du Lac. Check with the lift office. The lift office can give you a ‘summer piste map’ showing walking and mountain biking routes, coded for difficulty.


Cycling:


Road cycling or mountain biking are very popular in the area and there are plenty of places to hire bikes for all the family. In the summertime, you can ride the three valleys area on your bike just as you ski in the winter. A mountain-bike network now links the resorts of La Tania, Courchevel, Les Menuires and Val Thorens. This course, over 100 km (63 miles) long, can be ridden all the way every day, and with the help of lifts on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The lift office can give you a ‘summer piste map’ showing walking and mountain biking routes, coded for difficulty.


Golf:


There is an 18-hole golf course at Meribel Altiport. It is open from early June until October, and is often described as one of the most beautiful mountain courses in France; imagine playing golf with wonderful views of the Saulire peaks and over Méribel valley. The course is hilly, ranging from 1565m to 1850m. As well as providing marvellous views, the altitude gives golfers a major advantage: the ball flies further than at sea level! Golf lessons are available (in English). Contact Didier Audin Organisation in Méribel on 0479085233 (tel/fax), or on 0139692292.


There is also a 9-hole golf course at Courcheval 1850.


White water rafting:


There is a white water rafting centre 5 minutes away on the road to Moutiers, on the R hand side as you drive from Brides les Bains to Moutieres.


Lakes:


In addition to the swimming pool in the residence and the outdoor pool in Brides, there is the lake in Bozel, which is patrolled by lifeguards during July and August.


Large lakes provide beach-like swimming at Annecy and Aix-Les-Bains. A good day out is to take your bikes and drive to the beach at Doussard. From here you can swim, have a picnic and then take the dedicated cycleway into Annecy for a visit. The distance is 15 km and nearly all away from the main road but the views are well worth it. Being a valley the cycleway is relatively flat and fully tarmacked. For the less energetic there are numerous other points to join the route.

There are also numerous lakes in the surrounding area for fishing enthusiasts. See tourist board for current licenses and costs.


Summer Skiing:

You need to be up early to take full advantage of the lifts. It is quite costly but it is a fantastic experience.

The biggest and best skiing in the area is at Tignes on the glacier, lifts open at 6.45am. The usual ski hire shops are available at the bottom of the funicular and there is a restaurant open all summer whilst the lifts are open at the top of the lift.


Mountain Climbing - Via Ferrata:

This form of climbing was invented by Italian soldiers in the Dolomites who used it to enable them to scale vertiginous faces easily and quickly. These days it is a popular sport that makes the thrill of mountain climbing more accessible to children, beginners and those who want a bit more security when they climb.

There are 2 climbs available in Courchevel, a shorter easier one overhanging Lake Rosiere which takes about 2 hours to complete and is 600m in length with a vertical drop of 80m. Also Croix du Verdun which is 800m in length with a vertical drop of 225m and takes 3.5 hours to complete.

The footholds and handholds are already in the rock face and you are roped together in groups of about 8 persons with your own carabiners. There are also 2 monkey bridges to cross, which consist of nothing more than a couple of cables!

The cost is from around 30 Euros per person; which includes the guide and all safety equipment. You will need to wear warm clothing, long trousers and trainers or soft boots.

There are a further climbs in Champagny le Vanoise; an easier 1.3 hour climb and a 3 hour route for more experienced climbers.  Prices are from 55 Euros per person. 


Family activities:


In Meribel (20 minute drive) there are numerous children’s activities daily, ranging from a crèche starting at 18 months up to teenage activities (18 years). Activities include swimming, quad biking, paint-ball, canyoning, archery, bowling, beach volleyball, introduction to scuba diving, and lots more.


Nearby Courcheval also has similar activities. The Squirrel Trail is a permanent fixture in Les Grandes Coombes for children of all ages. This is a tree top trail supervised and run by the Bureau des Guides. It ends with a Tarzan run from the top of the trees to the ground crossing a small brook. This is open daily but has to be booked.



There are lots of other activities available; kayaking, paragliding, pony trekking and more.  The tourist office can help you find what you want or please ask us.