About Summer Activities in Tignes
Whatever you choose to do on your summer holiday you are sure to find a huge range of activities across the Tignes area. From relaxing to full on adrenaline there is something for everyone, every ability and every age in Tignes. Check out the selection of things to do below for some holiday inspiration!
Achery is one of those sports that people all ages love to try. There are a number of places near Tignes to practice archery and become the Robin Hood of the Alps, mainly at the Lognan athletic centre in Val Claret. They will provide you with bow and arrows, and you can also take lessons.
Tignes sports centre, Tignespace, features a large 1600 m2 multisports court with a basketball court, as well as a handball court, 3 voleyball courts, 2 trampolines and a roller-hockey rink.
The Sports Beach near the lake hosts a wide range of activities, with a trampoline located near the tennis courts, as well as a playing field next to the children’s recreation area.Throughout the summer, you can play beach football, beach volleyball, beach rugby, tennis and table tennis, as well as petanque.
The naturally formed 25-hectare lake in the heart of Tignes offers catamarans, pedalos and dinghy boats to relax on the water in summer.
You can bowl in Tignes in winter or summer. A great place to go if you're in a family, a group or to while away rainy days.
The Bun J Ride combines zip wire, bungee and a huge 30 metres ramp. In the summer you can do it on a bike or in tandem.
Canoeing / Kayaking
Canoe rafts are an unsinkable, stable type of inflatable canoe that allow you, without too much technique to profit fully from the joys and fun of white water river descent. The descents are taken on by groups of 4 to 5 boats, accompanied by a fully qualified guide. You are equipped with neoprene suits and shoes, a safety jacket and a helmet. The course which you take is chosen according to the water levels and experience of the participants.
A not-so-gentle but extremely refreshing summer activity is one way to describe canyoning! Plunge yourself into the mountain streams via a series of abseil descents, jumps and natural water slides – just make sure you choose a warm day!
You will make your way along rivers and rapids, using the river bed as a natural obstacle course. Not suitable for very young children, but anyone over the age of about 8 can take the (very cold) plunge and try canyoning. With the safety of a guide everyone can abseil down cascades, splash into pools and ride the river rapids. You can choose from short beginners’ routes or longer ones for the more adventurous. Different companies will have their own policies on age limits but usually, unless they are booked onto a children's activity course, anyone under the age of about 14 years old will have to be accompanied by an adult. A basic level of swimming ability is required for safety reasons. There are a number of adventure companies that offer guided descents down the local waterways.
Catch the latest films and releases in Tignes on your winter or summer holiday. Some cinemas open their doors early on a bad weather day, otherwise you'll find most screenings in the evenings. Look out for VOST for English speaking films.
Tignes offers challenging mountain roads where to cycle while enjoying the stunning scenery. However, riding in the Alps is much more demanding than your favourite local route back in the UK. The roads around Tignes are the setting for some of the most gruelling sections of the Tour de France but they can be tackled by enthusiasts as well as professionals. To gain the most from your riding in the area it goes without saying you need to have a reasonable level of fitness. You do not need to be a super man or woman but the ability to ride comfortably for up to 3-4 hours in the UK should see you enjoy the mountain routes.
Also see: Cycling in Tignes
The lake in Tignes is a great place for experienced and beginner fishermen to catch all types of trouts. There are six other high high-altitude lakes in the Tignes area. If you want, fly fishing guides can also teach you the art of angling. You must, however, ensure that you have the correct fishing permit and are aware of the local fishing regulations.
The Lognan Athletic Centre boasts the "Eric Cantona" natural grass pitch where you can practice football with your friends.
There are over 2.5 million people doing geocaching around the world and some of them (perhaps surprisingly) are right here in Tignes!. It’s a relatively new craze that started taking the world by storm in May 2000 after a computer geek decided that GPS could be “really exciting”. He hid some treasure at his home in Portland, America, for people to find, broadcast the GPS coordinates and said, “Come and get it”. His only rule: “Take some stuff, leave some stuff”. And that’s exactly what Geocaching is…you go in search of treasure by using the GPS system on your mobile device – once you’ve found it, you write your name in a logbook and replace the treasure you decide to take. It’s pretty simple really and means, as a family, you can be adventurers together. You won’t usually find anything quite as precious as gold, silver and diamonds but nevertheless it’s quite exciting!
For a truly unique experience, clamp on your crampons and go hiking on one of the Espace Killy’s Grand Motte or Pissaillas glaciers. The breathtaking views and spectacular crevasses make this an incredible adventure. There are a number of glacial hikes, of varying difficulty, in this region of the Alps. Most mountain guiding companies will run organised excursions to the most accessible.
To read more about glaciers and the environment please go to our Glacier Meltdown article.
Excellent course and beautiful scenery, you can play golf in the summer in Tignes surrounded by the fantastic mountain views. Tignes has the highest golf course in Europe at 2100 metres above sea level, the perfect spot to try you swing with its 18 holes and a wide range of obstacles.
Gym / Fitness centres
Tignespace, the sports centre in the resort, has a 115m² weights room equipped for physical preparation and free weights training.
Sit back and admire the mountains from even higher up! Daily panoramic helicopter flights are available (weather permitting) with a number of local flight companies. Relax and enjoy the stunning views as you fly over the snow-capped mountain tops, glaciers and alpine forests of the Alps.
The Espace Killy area offers a wide expanse of spectacular terrain on which you can saddle up and go exploring. There are a wide range of trails and routes waiting to be explored in Tignes and what better way to explore them than on horse back. A 2-hour ride costs around €55.
Hydro speeding is one of the newer 'extreme' water sports to hit the market, it's a fun and exhilarating way to get yourselves down a river!. Using a large float, which bears resemblance to a bodyboard, be ready to cling on for dear life as you send yourself hurtling down the rapids! This activity is a little more demanding physically than rafting or canoe rafting, but allows you to discover the unique sensation of surfing down white water rivers. It is also accessible to all, no need to be a professional diver or swimmer, you just have to be smart at using the water movements, obstacles and waves.
There's plenty of protection from the icy water elements as you'll be given a wetsuit, safety helmet and flippers. You will need to bring a towel, swim wear and if you wear glasses, a cord to keep them on. Guides will brief you with a safety demonstration at the beginning and there’s a vehicle to meet you at the end of the rapids that will shuttle you back to your starting destination.
If you don't fancy climbing outdoors, or you're new to climbing and want to give it a go in an indoor centre, then Tignes has somewhere for you to go. Climbing equipment is normally provided, or you can bring your own and insurance is normally needed before you hit the climbing wall.
Light Aircraft / Microlight Flights
This is a must do for any adventure-seeker’s bucket list. If you are visiting Tignes for the week and you want to try something a bit different, take a trip in a microlight over the mountains. The flight will leave you with an awesome and unforgettable ‘aerial’ memory of Tignes that not many people are lucky enough to experience. Located right beside the bottom of the Gratalu chair at the Altisurface, it is really easy to go and book in a flight.
The golf course at Tignes also features a mini-golf course perfect for children and adults who will enjoy going through the path with information about local flora and fauna.
Tignes is a Mecca for mountain biking, with varying terrain and fantastic views it is perfect for mountain biking enthusiasts. With the whole of the mountain area to explore, Tignes is definitely a great place for biking as the different and varied terrains suit bikers of all levels. Whether you enjoy a leisurely cycle around some of the lower level trails, or a day's hardcore downhill mountain is more your ‘thang’, Tignes definitely has something to suit all tastes.
Tignes has an extensive MTB park with lots of of trails to try, from beginner to more advanced levels. You can even try the MTB airbag to do your best tricks on a bike in complete safety.
Also see: Mountain Biking in Tignes
There are a number of companies who can take you mountaineering in both summer and winter, from local guides to ski schools and activity companies.
Nature Reserves & Parks
The Vanoise National Park is located in the heart of the Savoie region. Created in 1963, it was the first French national park and it covers a large territory where you can find a stunning mountain landscape with lakes, and beautiful vegetation. It is also well-known for its population of Alpine ibex, as well as many other animals like chamois, marmots and more than 100 species of birds.
You can practice paddleboarding on the naturally formed 25-hectare lake in the heart of Tignes.
If you are looking for a fun filled group activity, Tignes can provide just that with its paintballing course. Paintballing is a game where two teams play against each other to try and get the scarf located in the middle of the course without getting hit by a paintball from the opposing team.
Paragliding / Parapenting
If you’ve never tried paragliding before then Tignes is a great place to learn how to fly. Known as “parapenting” in France & Switzerland, there are a great number of clubs and organisations in the area whose sole purpose is give you the experience of flying. From the heights of the mountain tops you can glide down to the bottom of the valley on a tandem paraglider controlled by the instructor. He manoeuvres the parachute while the passenger enjoys the ride and fantastic views. Top tip: go on a sunny, warm day when the thermals will keep your airborne for longer.
Tignes is a great place rock climbing for both beginners and experienced climbers. Experienced climbers can tackle the mountain side rock and enjoy the fantastic views (just make sure you have all the right gear and safety equipment). For beginners there are a number of adventure companies or mountain guides who can take you out on your first climb and show you the 'ropes'! Learn all the technique and skills in the safe hands of a well-trained mountain guide. Climbing is also a great activity for all the family, just check with the guide beforehand what their minimum age is.
Hiring a scooter is a great way to discover new places in Tignes and soak up the stunning scenery while driving through winding Alpine roads.
Many people would not automatically think of Tignes as a place to shop, however, the town boasts some great stores. As you would expect from an outdoor sports resort, there are plenty sports stores where you can get your hands on some of the top mountaineering, ski and snowboard brands but there are also some fashionable clothing stores, and plenty of shops selling traditional mountain goods.
Skiing & snowboarding
If you thought skiing was reserved only for winter, think again! In Tignes you can head out skiing on the glacier throughout the summer months. Located on the Grande Motte glacier, you can enjoy a morning of skiing and then an afternoon of hiking. Check out all the information about skiing in the summer in Tignes
Also see: Ski Areas in Tignes
Spas & massages
If it is calm and relaxation you are after then head to a luxury day spa or book in for massage therapies and beauty treatments. A day spa is also the perfect activity when the weather turns. You can keep warm and revive aching muscles in saunas, steam rooms and jacuzzis or take a refreshing dip in a swimming pool. Unwind, relax and indulge.
Tignespace, the main sports centre, has 3 squash courts, and you can hire rackets and special indoor shoes with white soles there. Alternatively some of the hotels or spas have their own squash courts too.
Whether you like to take a dip indoors or outdoors, you'll be able to find somewhere to go for a swim in Tignes. Most hotels, lots of chalets and apartments have their own swimming facilities, however there are also municipal swimming baths that you can visit, which often come free with your lift pass purchase. In summer and winter you should be able to find somewhere to take a dip, so don't forget your towel and your swimming costume or shorts.
Tennis is a great way to get the legs moving and to enjoy the sunny summertime weather. You can play a friendly game or have a lesson, whatever you choose to do it is a great way to have fun with friends and family. Tignes offers 20 outdoor courts between the Sports Beach, the Lavachet activity area, the Val Claret athletic centre and the Brévières area.
If climbing up sheer rock on the end of a piece of rope sounds a bit scary then Via Ferrata climbing offers an element of security that still allows beginners to enjoy the achievement of having scaled a mountain! This form of climbing was invented by Italian soldiers in the Dolomites who used it to enable them to scale vertiginous faces easily and quickly. These days it is a popular sport that makes the thrill of mountain climbing more accessible to children, beginners and those who want a bit more security when they climb.
Following marked routes through the mountains you are helped along by steps, bridges and ladders whilst being roped up for extra safety. Suitable for adults and children over the age of 8; guides can be arranged on request and there are a number of adventure companies who can organise your Via Ferrata experience
Walking & Hiking
In the summer months Tignes is a mecca for walking and hiking in the beautiful alpine mountains. As the snow melts and the sun begins to shine the mountains make an excellent place to head out on a hike or walk. Walking is the perfect activity for groups, families and friends. Pick from a number of routes ranging in difficulty, from easy child friendly walks to challenging day long hikes. Along the way enjoy the fantastic mountain views, beautiful scenery and wildlife that is normally hidden in the winter months. Check out our walking and hiking guide for more details on hiking in the Alps.
Also see: Walking Routes in Tignes
In the summer in Tignes you can come and discover the Blob Jump into the famous Tignes Lake! It's a not-so-easy-to-describe activity with a simple purpose: to catapult you several meters above Tignes Lake! You basically sit on a giant cushion and get hurled into the air and then into the lake... Why not give it a try! The activitiy is at Acroland water park in the Tignes Lake where you can also enjoy the slide ramp and ski or BMX ramp right into the mountain waters.
If you haven't experienced white water rafting before then this is a definite 'must try' on your list of activities to do! There are a number of trained guides in resort who will let you experience some of the best white water rafting available in the Alps. From the middle of May until September, the mountain rivers flow furiously as they are fed from the melt waters running off the glaciers high above the town. There are various options available from a three hour adrenaline rush to a full days excursion - this activity is guaranteed not to disappoint.
For an easier and more relaxing water activity, you can also try the Water Balls that allow you to walk over Tignes Lake in total safety.