Five areas to discover in the French Alps for a great holiday adventure

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Helen Webster and Paul Webster

Mountains offer great landscapes, hiking and places to stay, as these ideas from a new Wild Guide to the French Alps show

While the pristine turquoise waters of Lac d’Annecy are renowned, the remote massif of Les Bauges, which rises to its west and south, is one of the least-visited areas of the French Alps. Fringed on almost all sides by great forested limestone ridges and escarpments, the interior of the Bauges feels a place apart in time as well as in geography. As it’s a protected parc naturel regional, ski development here is limited mostly to the cross-country variety. In summer this verdant oasis of green, cut by deep gorges and ravines, is a nature lover’s dream.

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