French Alps & Switzerland
World-famous and beautiful, the Alps are a classical winter destination. Many countries share these mountains and each one offer an assortment of winter and summer sports, National Parks, and scenic tours . Sample the region’s cheeses, rosti, and the beloved dishes of fondue or raclette. Sip festive drinks like schnapps, glühwein, and punsch to name a few. The Alps boast castles and gardens, spas and many ski areas. Across distinct cultures and attractions, the Alps remains extraordinary even when you’re not wearing skis.
Basque-speaking, wet and green in the west; craggy, snowy, Gascon-influenced in the middle; dry, Mediterranean and Catalan-speaking in the east – the Pyrenees are physically beautiful, culturally varied and less developed than the Alps. The whole range is marvellous walkers’ country, especially the central region around the Parc National des Pyrénées, with its 3000-metre-high peaks, streams, forests and wildlife. If you’re a committed hiker, it’s possible to traverse these mountains, usually from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, along the GR10.