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8 good reasons to head to the mountains in summer

Forget about skiing, think nature at its purest! Relieved of its winter coat, the mountains take on a very different aspect as the summer returns: turquoise lakes, lush green valleys, exhilarating rivers... So many fabulous landscapes, each purpose-made for outdoor leisure and escaping the world. So, ready to hit the heights at a Sandaya campsite? Discover our 8 top reasons to spend your summer holiday in the mountains!

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For a setting that’s naturally revitalising

The mountains in summer, vast valleys crossed by burbling streams, lush green massifs studded with forests, sparkling high altitude lakes that reflect the sky... Nature at its purest, immaculate and unblemished by urbanisation, which couldn’t be better: it’s so good to finally be able to switch off from the everyday! As you gaze out over each amazing panorama, you’ll feel you could fly. You’ll have only one desire: to conquer the summits.

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For a mountain of leisure activities to try

On land, on water or in the air, up in the mountains you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to conquering the wide open spaces and, at the same time, trying a host of sports in the heart of nature. A good head for heights? Then head for the mountain peaks and take to the skies by paraglider. All the thrills of a white knuckle ride with an exceptional view over the scenery thrown in! Travelling with the family? Younger children will love learning to paddle their own freshwater canoe, whilst those a little older have a go at canyoning or rafting!

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For a perfect blend of summer cool and summer colour

If the mountains are above all appreciated for their cooler summer temperatures, the days can still be just as sunny as at the seaside! A fact demonstrated by the wide choice of watersports offered by the mountain lakes, where a refreshing dip is always welcome. And their equipped beaches are ideal to add the finishing touch to your summer suntan! So, to sum up, with days that are deliciously warm, and evenings that are pleasantly cool, the mountains have found the perfect balance!

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For a host of magical encounters along the way

If there is one activity that’s a must-do in the mountains it’s getting out for a good hike! An opportunity to contemplate the beauty of the scenery, take a deep breath of pure fresh air... and meet some of those who call the mountains their home. Here you’re in the natural habitat of ibex, eagles and marmots! Our advice to have the best possible chance of coming across the latter is to plan a walking route at between 1,000 and 3,000m above sea-level, the altitude at which they generally dig their summer burrows.

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For a chance to wake up your taste buds

If the mountains are renowned for their winter fondues and raclettes, you can rest assured that the eating is just as good for the rest of the year as well. Their very distinctive terroir has resulted in flavours you won’t find anywhere else: wild vegetables, artisan ice creams, liqueurs and infusions made from aromatic plants, PDO cheeses and cold meats... It’s a whole new platter of delights, and one that ensures your new horizons will stretch all the way to your plate!

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For a sensational photo album

It goes without saying; a stay at high altitude means grandiose panoramas! From the summits of the French mountains, you couldn’t be better placed to capture the stunning beauty of the landscape. A dizzying waterfall here, a flower-filled valley there, and, far down below, the church steeple that seems to tower over a tiny hamlet... In the mountains, the scenery speaks for itself and there’s no need to be a professional photographer to take breathtaking pictures!

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For a budget that’s never out of control

One of the advantages of heading to the mountains in summer is no doubt the perspective of a holiday that won’t cost the earth! In addition to a healthy dose of peace and quiet, the mountains, with far fewer holidaymakers than at the seaside in summer, guarantee lower prices than for an equivalent beach holiday. Which makes them the ideal destination to keep your holiday budget firmly under control, whilst still enjoying an exceptional setting!

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For the chance to live a fabulous Sandaya holiday!

Holiday pleasure also depends on the quality of your welcome. To satisfy young and old, nature-lovers and lovers of cosy comfort, our mountain campsites have left nothing to chance. Located in a gorgeous green setting, so that you can really appreciate all the beauty of the spot, you can stay in a fully-equipped cottage, on an authentic outdoor pitch or even add a little touch of fantasy to your stay with our quirky accommodation. Open all summer, each of our campsites has its own water park with swimming pools and games for the kids, sports grounds and free entertainment. In fact all you need to guarantee a truly wonderful holiday!

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