The Swiss canton of Valais is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Sitting about 60km south of the nation’s capital of Bern, and just south-east of Lake Geneva, the beautiful mountain landscapes of Valais offer everything from hiking, biking and via ferrata to wellness centres, panoramic overlooks and towns to explore.
One standout and must-visit area of Valais is the scenic Aletsch Arena. Home to the Great Aletsch Glacier, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the striking scenery and unique mountain ridgeline provides the fantastic backdrop for a hike or bike trip. Plus, you won’t want to miss the imposing Villa Cassel. Built between 1900 and 1902 and once the summer home of a British banker, it is now a hotel, where you can still stay as a guest, and home to the Pro Natura Centre Aletsch, which was Switzerland's first Alpine environmental education centre.
Moving further south, the name Saas-Fee is perhaps more familiar to the skiers amongst us, but this resort town and surrounding natural landscapes has loads to offer summer visitors too. From hiking the high-altitude Monte Moro pass, watched over by the Golden Madonna (gold statue of Mary) to via ferrata and even feeding marmots, you can find all you need for a fantastic Alpine summer holiday in Saas-Fee/Saastal.
And for those who like a challenge, the Région Dents du Midi is a prime destination to explore. You can take on any number of adventures here including the famous Tour des Dents du Midi – a 57km hike taking in forests, mountain scrambles, lakeside rambles and amazing opportunities to spot local flora and fauna along the way. Adrenaline seekers should also consider taking advantage of the superb canyoning in the Chavalet River. Or for a more sedate exploration, there are six lovely mountain villages to wander around.
The winner of this fantastic prize will receive a 2-night stay for two including breakfast in the charming Région Dents du Midi plus two daily bike passes for the area. They will also receive a one-night stay in a 3* hotel on a half-board basis in the lovely resort town of Saas-Fee, and cable car tickets for two at the resort. Two 4-day Swiss Rail cards are also included, so getting from place to place is taken care of.
Plus, an extra part of the prize is two round trip Aletsch Glacier trek tickets.
To be in with the chance of winning this fantastic prize, simply fill in the form below. Good luck!