At a Glance
Return during the summer and discover a totally different side to Meribel
Many of Alpine Infusion’s guests return to our chalets during the summer months of July and August to be greeted by a totally different kind of playground. Laden with flowers, trees and dramatic landscapes the valley provides the perfect environment for hiking, mountain-biking, golf, climbing, parapenting, whitewater rafting, canyoning, horseriding, tennis and much more.
The Vanoise National Park, France’s first National Park, is a boundary-less paradise of 140,000 acres, founded in 1963 to protect animal life and wild flora. Hiking levels reach up to 3,855m and include 500km of maintained and marked trails which are not difficult and are accessible to any good hiker with suitable mountain gear. They lead through an extraordinary, natural protected open space for day walks or several day treks (lodging at one of the 50 Park refuges) and some, especially the forest trails, are very easily reached, even by young children. The ridges of Tougnete, Saulire and Mont-Vallon offer fantastic views over the Alps, from Mont-Blanc to the Les Ecrins mountain ranges. To reach the mountain summits, visitors can also use the gondola lifts which are open several days a week throughout July and August.
The Tuéda Nature Reserve, located below the Vanoise National Park, was created in 1990 and stretches from Lake Tuéda to the Gebroulaz glacier along the Doron stream. The Reserve encompasses 2,700 acres of natural preserved beauty including a marked botanical trail allowing visitors to discover more than 100 species of Alpine flora including Twinflower, a protected relic from the ice age, now only found in the Savoie area.
Méribel has many lovely restaurants, from relaxed cręperies to more gastronomic finds that cater for families and groups of friends. Many have flower-covered sun terraces where one can relax and enjoy the sunshine at lunchtime, or watch the sunset and indulge in some aperitifs in the evening.