Summer in the French Alps: a year-round investment

16 September

Up until around 20 years ago, the French Alps would only attract local families and those with a property here during the summer months. However, that is not the case any more. With more and more people seeking an alternative summer holiday to a traditional beach escape, the popularity of the French Alps has been steadily increasing over the past five years. A massive 22.4m overnight stays were registered 2017 - this is a million more stays than 2014.

Representing 59% of summer accommodation, apartments and chalets are in hot demand. This means that owning a property in the French Alps can bring in revenue year-round.

Where to invest in the French Alps

Our research has shown that it is possible to earn rental annual yields of 3-4%. With estimated summer occupancy rates of 50 - 60%, Megève, Les Gets and Châtel are three of the best summer resorts for investment. There is still demand for higher altitude resorts too such as Méribel, Val d’Isère and Courchevel.

Summer activities in the French Alps

As the snow and ice melt away, lush green valleys and azure alpine lakes are revealed. The Alps are just as beautiful in summer as they are in winter. With miles of trails beckoning to be explored, it is easy to see why mountain biking and trekking are two of the most popular activities to do in the French Alps during the summer. However, it is not only for bikers and hikers.

From high-adrenaline activities like paragliding and bungee jumping through to disconnecting and recharging at a yoga retreat, there is something for everyone to enjoy in the alps.

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