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Posted on Sunday 20th August 2023 | Lesley Thomas

Four unmissable wild-swimming spots in the Alps

Wild swimming is the hottest way to get out into nature and enjoy some exercise - and where better to indulge than in the Alps? Surrounded by the soaring peaks and plunging valleys of this outstandingly beautiful area, it’s sure to be a swim to remember.

Of course, if you’re an outdoorsy type you’re sure to stumble across plenty of secret swimming spots on your Alpine adventures, but we’ve picked out five of the best.

Remember to always keep safety at the forefront of your mind when you’re wild swimming; advice from the Outdoor Swimming Society offers some basic rules to stay safe when swimming outdoors, and suggests that lakes often offer a safer option than the moving water of rivers or the sea.

Roc de Chère, Annecy

Close to one of the Alps’ most picturesque lakeside towns, Roc de Chere near Annecy is a rocky outcrop at the end of a woodland walk. It’s a secluded spot that’s deep enough to jump into in parts.

Chute de la Druise

 If spectacular is what you’re after, the Chute de la Druise is a great spot - and very instagrammable! You’ll find a natural plunge-pool at the bottom of one of the Parc du Vercors’ most impressive waterfalls.

Lac de Serre-Ponçon

Avoid the crowds at Lac de Serre-Poncon, an enormous lake with miles of undeveloped shoreline. You’ll find it’s particularly natural at the south-west end of the lake and it’s also a great place for wild camping.

La Roche-de-Rame

 Choose La Roche-de-Rame for wild swimming with amenities - perfect if you’re taking children out for a dip. A cafe and campsite mean it won’t be as quiet as some of the other options, but you will be able to buy a coffee after your swim!

If you’re a keen wild swimmer a property in the Alps could be the perfect investment, offering access to a wealth of wild swimming as well as the opportunity to rent out your chalet or apartment when it’s not in use. Get in touch to find out how we can help to match you up with a property that meets your needs perfectly.




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