The picturesque resort of Alpe d’Huez is located 1860m above sea level on a south facing plateau known as the Grandes Rousses Massif, with exquisite views across the surrounding moutainscape. Less than an hour’s drive from Grenoble, and only 5 hours from Paris, Alpe d’Huez is the perfect location for those who wish to explore the surrounding resorts and countryside. This unrivalled ski resort is easily accessible from both Lyon airport and Grenoble airport, just perfect for those of you who want to invest in a property with rental opportunities. Bathed in an average of 300 days of sunshine annually, and featuring extensive snow-sure slopes at a high altitude, all serviced by state of the art lift systems, you could not ask for a more wonderful location to purchase a property.
The centre of the Alpe d’Huez resort has been carefully planned to ensure there is something for everyone to enjoy. With superb shopping options, and some of the most wonderful restaurants, bar and clubs at your doorstep, you can choose to party the night away or soak in the ambience in a cosy, quiet setting. Enjoy live music or settle back and enjoy an open mic night with the local community.
Known as the Island of Sunshine, Alpe d’Huez has been growing and modernising since its establishment in 1936. With visitors arriving throughout the year, this resort has become something of a magnet for those who wish to enjoy a truly indulgent lifestyle in the heart of the Alps. Alpe d’Huez received the Regional Reception Trophy in 2003 and has been awarded the Quality Charter due to its consistent expansion and ever-growing options for rental accommodation, as well as its commitment to providing a large range of skiing and non-skiing activities across all 12 months of the year.
Alpe d’Huez itself, offers visitors and residents the quaintness of a traditional Alpine village, whilst being situated just a few short kilometres from an international mountain resort. This beautiful, picturesque village will leave you feeling relaxed, at home and part of a real Alpine community. Explore the traditional village by leisurely strolling through the many quaint alleyways and side streets, discover the Roman church of St. Anne and the many shops, cafés and bars on offer. The village boasts one hotel and two gîtes that welcome guests from all over the world with true Alpine hospitality. For those of you who enjoy sitting in the sunshine with a book and a coffee, the village also offers a wonderful book store for you to enjoy and a cybercafé that allows you to check in whilst on the move. All just 5 minutes from the resort via the Tele-Village cable car.
With an extensive season, spanning from December to late April, Alpe d’Huez is the top choice for those who wish to make the most of the slopes. Currently, the resort boasts 250km of downhill skiing, over a whopping 135 individual pistes, with 80 modern ski lifts to take you from one to the other in comfort. It is also important to note that this ski area is set to double in size over the coming years, with the Les Deux Alpes development tipped to become one of the most sought after skiing resort addresses in Europe.
Alpe d’Huez is a firm favourite with experienced skiers, with the longest black piste in the alps and numerous off-piste routes for you to enjoy. The Sarenne route is a fabulous 16km long, a real treat for those of you who wish to enjoy a challenging run. This world-renowned route runs from the Pic Blanc, right across the glacier and really has to be experienced to understand the magnificence of its beauty.
One of the attractions to buying a property in Alpe d’Huez is the popularity of the resort at all times of the year. The resort is busy across 12 months of the calendar and offers visitors and residents the opportunity to enjoy glacier skiing in the summer months, as well as enjoy the 18th stage of the Tour de France, the world’s most popular professional cycling race. Settle down for the day, in the ideal location to watch all 21 hairpin bends in the race; a true spectacle that draws visitors from all over the world. For those of you who wish to cycle this stage, be prepared for an enjoyable challenge! However, if you would prefer a less strenuous cycle route, there are a total of 36 routes for you to enjoy, stretched across an impressive 205km of dedicated cycling trails; a trail for every level of cyclist and amazing views in every direction.
For those of you who enjoy a challenging hike or a relaxing stroll, there are a total of 203km of hiking trails surrounding the resort. Walk the perimeter of the stunning lakes or indulge in a one-day or three-day-long hiking adventure that will stay with you forever. All hiking trails feature lifts, most of which are also in operation in the summer months. A full range of outdoor activities are available throughout the summer, from fishing and walking to mountain climbing and glacial skiing.
An incredible location for visitors with a range of interests, Alpe d’Huez is the perfect investment opportunity for those of you who may wish to explore a rental income during the summer and winter months.
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