Summer in the mountains of France, Italy and Switzerland

Fancy spending some time in the fresh air of the Europe’s high peaks? Mountain expert Vanessa Fisher looks at some options for summer holidays.

1. Lake Annecy Ski Resorts, France

Combine a few days by Lake Annecy with one of four charming alpine villages – La Clusaz, Le Grand Bornand, Manigod and St Jean de Sixt that make up this region.

Home to Reblochon cheese with many working farms open for visitors in summer to sample the cheese and of course take some home.

Perfect for a short break, under an hour from Geneva airport.

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2. Arc 1950, France

For a high altitude, good value break, stay in Arc 1950.

Built just 14 years ago, one of the newest villages in the Alps, especially great for families with young children for their weekly programme of free activities, all summer.

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Arc 1950
Fun for all the family in Arc 1950

3. Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt in Switzerland may not be the cheapest of summer breaks but under the iconic Matterhorn it is one to tick off the ‘bucket list’.

Incredible hiking and views and one for foodies as the standard of restaurants is incredible.

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4. St Martin de Belleville, France

In a quiet area of the Tarentaise Valley, France, is the cute village of St Martin de Belleville.

From as young as six years old, children and adults can take a mountain bike on one of the many trails, try the via ferrata course or try fishing in the local lakes. Yoga and hiking options too.

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5. The Dolomites, Italy

The jagged peaks of the Dolomites are a fantastic summer playground.

Fly to Innsbruck, Venice or Treviso and head to one of the many villages where history and fun combine.

Incredible food and no end of mountain activities, e-mountain biking being the latest trend to try.

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