Away Days | Where to Visit During a Morzine Summer Holiday

Morzine Summer Away Days

Summer Morzine

We are always talking about how Morzine is the perfect destination for catered and self catered holidays. But it is a great base to explore other fantastic places from too. Here are a few ideas for days away you might want to consider during your Morzine summer holiday.

Yvoire

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Yvoire is a medieval village on the banks of Lac Leman and is billed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. It is made up of historical buildings, including an old castle. You can enjoy stunning views over the lake from the maraina. Many of the restaurants serve fresh fish from the lake as well as traditional Savoyarde food. There are lots of little shops selling locally made jewellery, art and ornaments.

How far from Morzine – 1hr drive

 

What to do

 

There are various boat trips you can go on, ranging from old fashioned steam boats to a solar powered electric boat tour from the marina. You can roam around the ornate gardens with an ice cream followed by a crepe. One of the highlights is the Eagles of Lake Geneva. This is where you can see lots of different birds in different displays, including shows with medieval knights and horses.

Excenevex Beach

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A day on a proper sandy beach….an hour from Morzine! The Exenevex beach is like a taste of the mediterranean, but with a view of the alps. This clean sandy beach is on the shore of Lac Leman and is well worth a visit, if you want a change from the mountains.

How far from Morzine – 1 hr

 

What to do

You can do the traditional beach activities, such as sand castle building, swimming, fishing, petanque and sunbathing. But the beach also has volley ball courts, mini golf, motor boats, sailing, tennis courts and flyboarding. So this is not a place you will get bored at, just don’t forget the sun cream.

Chamonix

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Chamonix is a spectacular destination for an away day from Morzine. It is home to stunning glaciers and towering peaks, including Mont Blanc (the highest mountain in the alps at 4809m). It is steeped in alpine history, and was the first venue of the winter olympics in 1924. Its unique mountain views, excellent restaurants and superb shopping make Chamonix a very popular tourist destination. So you don’t have to be a pioneering mountaineer to enjoy it.

How far from Morzine – 1hr 15 mins

 

What to do

A trip to to the top of the Aguille du Midi is a must. This is the iconic peak that gives you a 360 degree view of the mountains at 3842m. Take some warm clothes, because even in the summer, temperatures rarely get above -10oC.

The Mer de Glace is well worth a visit too, it is France’s largest glacier at 200m deep and 7km long. You can access it via the Trains du Monentvers, (the old cog railway that opened in 1909) before getting on the cable car that descends to the glacier itself. Here you can go under the ice in to the ice caves.

Chamonix is famous for its mountain sports, even during the summer. So hiking, climbing and mountain biking are all fantastic things to do here. You can plan a route yourself or book a guide to take you to some of the more special places in Chamonix. I recommend booking a guide well in advance to make sure you don’t miss out.

If you want to exercise your credit card, you can walk around the huge amount of outdoorsy and designer shops, Chamonix has to offer. However, in true french style, all the shops close for lunch, so find a nice place to eat for a couple of hours in the afternoon.

Thonon Les Bains and Evian

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Thonon Les Bains and Evian are spa towns on the banks of Lac Leman. You can experience a mediterranean feel in both of these towns, especially on a sunny day sitting with a glass of wine over looking the lake.

How far from Morzine – 40 mins to Thonon and 50 mins to Evian

 

What to do

In Evian, you can visit the source of the spring water, there is a casino to lose all your money in and lots of health spas for a relaxing day away. You can also choose one of the many boat trips around the lake.

In Thonon, you can experience a bit of history in the Chateau de Ripaille, while walking around its gardens and vineyards. Portes du Rives is a great place for lunch as you overlook the marina and lake. If you want to go a bit further afield, you can take the passenger ferry over to Lausanne in Switzerland.

Annecy

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Annecy and its surrounding areas is simply stunning. This historical city sits on the banks of the famous lake nestled in to the Alps. It is known as the Venice of the Alps, due to its picturesque restaurant lined canals.

How far from Morzine – 1hr 30mins

 

What to do

Annecy is one of those places where you can chill out with a great meal with stunning views. But it is also a place where you could keep yourself very busy. There are lots of different types of boating activities you can go do. From hiring a dinghy, going on a catamaran trip or a having a posh meal in a restaurant on a big boat. There is also a good selection of other water sports including:

– Wake boarding and water skiing
– Peddalos
– Scuba diving
– Stand up paddle boarding
– White water rafting
– Kayaking
– Wind surfing

There are some great hikes to do taking in views of the lake and waterfalls. But the best views are from the air. You can take to the skies in a small plane from the local airstrip, that will take you over the lake and the mont blanc mountain range. You can even book a flight in a Gyro-copter for that James Bond feel. But I would book a tandem paragliding flight for the best experience. Have a look at the video below from Airmax Parapente below.

Montreux


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Montreux is city on the banks of Lake Geneva. It sits between the mountains and the lake and is famous for the Jazz festival. The picturesque promenade is lined with flowers, art installations and Epoque buildings.

How far from Morzine – 1hr 30mins

What to do

Montreux offers a a very different experience to staying in Morzine. There is a lot of history and culture to experience on a visit to this city. The main attraction of course, is the Montreux Jazz festival that takes place in June. Don’t worry if Jazz isn’t your thing, as many other acts have played there over the years. Acts such as Massive Attack, Slash, Deep Purple and Elton John have all played at the festival. You can also visit the famous casino, that burned down and inspired Deep Purple’s Smoke on the water. The fully functioning casino is also home to the Queen studio experience. This is where Queen recorded many of their albums, and you can go in to the studio itself and have a go at mixing one of their songs on a replica mixing desk. The Queen exhibit is free, making it a great addition to your visit to Montreux.

If history is your thing, you can visit Chillon Castle. This huge medieval building is very “Game of Thrones”, where you can explore the dungeons and towers. The castle has lots of stories about marauding armies taking it over and how these battles shaped the local history.

If you bring your car to Morzine, it is very easy to get to all of these fabulous places, but if not, you can book your trip with Mountain Days Away. These guys organise hassle free scheduled trips from Morzine and Les Gets. You can visit their website for full details and book your day trip in advance.

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by Tom Fortune