LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 2, 2012) - Whilst many tourists associate a holiday to the mountains with snow, skiing, open fires and gluhvein, an increasing number are heading to high altitudes in the summer months to enjoy an unforgettable activity break.
Many Brits are discovering that the mountain getaway is an affordable alternative to the traditional beach break. With low-cost flights to Grenoble with Monarch leaving from airports across the UK several times a week, it's never been easier to escape the rat race and take in the mountain air. Travellers looking for a change from France this summer might consider flights to Munich with Monarch, also another ideal gateway to the mountains.
The mountains in summer can be an adrenaline junky's heaven. With white-knuckle sports such as white-water rafting or kayaking, downhill mountain biking and bouldering on offer, there's certain to be never a dull moment! The very adventurous can also try their hand at paragliding, with the mixture of hot days and cooler nights making for perfect conditions.
Those who like heights can challenge themselves with the wide variety of rock-climbing and abseiling on offer. Thanks to the lift systems available in many of the resorts, a lot of high-mountain climbing can be enjoyed as part of a day's excursion. The vast network of cross-country ski-trails makes for ideal low-level biking trails in summer.
Visitors looking for a more relaxing break can take in the stunning scenery of the Chartreuse mountains as they take a dip in one of the crystal clear lakes. With temperatures reaching 26°C plus in July and August, this can often provide essential refreshment! Afterwards, there are many gentle scenic hikes on offer for those looking to work up an appetite for dinner.
For those keen to mix a little culture with their summer sports, Grenoble is a destination in itself. With its reputation for social, artistic and technological innovation, this city is much more than simply the gateway to the Alps. Its broad and architecturally attractive boulevards are filled with high-end boutiques and restaurants serving delicious French cuisine.
Foodies should try the typical Alpine dishes - fondue, raclette and the legendary tartiflette. Other specialties include Chartreuse, a herbal liquor traditionally made by the monks of Grande Chartreuse, a monastery high in the mountains about an hour from Grenoble.
So, whether it's an action-packed family break, a peaceful retreat in some of nature's most beautiful surroundings, or a city break with a difference, the Alps truly do have something to offer everyone this summer. With cheap deals still available from Monarch for summer 2012, those looking for a different kind of summer getaway should book without delay.
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