Morzine is at the heart of the Portes du Soleil, a vast lift-linked area with statistics to dwarf other resorts. It’s hugely popular with mountain bikers and there are a wide variety of trails for beginners through to expert riders. Road cycling is another popular pursuit in the region, for amateurs and professionals alike – the Tour de France has passed through Morzine more than 20 times. If cycling is not your thing then there are plenty of beautiful hiking trails, a massive public swimming pool and of course plenty of superb bars and restaurants.
Les Gets is one of the prettiest villages in the Alps — chic and stylish — both in the town and on the mountain. This is a fantastic place to relax with family and friends. Enjoy a holiday away from the crowds, with mountain biking, white water rafting, paragliding or a few rounds on the 18-hole golf course. We like nothing better than packing a rucksack with wine, cheese and saucisson and taking in the sunrise from the top of Mont Chéry.
Situated at the heart of The Three Valleys, Méribel is the perfect base for family holiday in the French Alps. There are plenty of hiking trails and the lift system whisks you up to a number of spectacular viewpoints in no time at all. A range of nurseries and clubs are available for children of all ages, offering sports and activities including mountain biking, kayaking, via ferrata, canyoning, climbing and archery.
The mountain town of Chamonix in the shadow of Mont Blanc is not to be missed. Take the driving route via Flumet and Megève, which is far more scenic than the motorway route. In the summer months Chamonix is a mecca for adventure sports—climbers, hikers and mountain bikers flock to experience the challenges of the mountains. Chamonix is also famous for its spectacular cable car up to the Aiguille du Midi (3842m), built in 1955 when it was the highest cable car in the world. Together with a cable car system going up to the Pointe Helbronner (3462m) from Entrèves in the Aosta Valley (Italy), it is possible to cross the entire Mont Blanc massif by cable car (the latter is only open during the summer).
Also go for a trip on the Montenvers Railway which goes from the centre of town to Montenvers, above the Mer de Glace. The town centre has a number of bars, shops and restaurants and parking is well signed and central, allowing for easy access to the pedestrian streets. Also don’t miss the Musée Alpin which charts the history of the town from the arrival of the first climbing tourists in the 18th century.
This beautiful town on the lake is known as the ‘Venice of the Alps’ due to its picturesque canals and maze of cobbled streets in the Old Town. The lake is the second largest in France and is said to be the cleanest in Europe, making it perfect for a swim on a warm summer’s day. The lake has a number of pretty villages along its banks and in particular Talloires which is well worth a stop for coffee or a drink. Park in the main Hôtel de Ville car park and then you are close to the Old Town where you’ll find a host of bars, restaurants and shops. Wander to your heart’s content, browsing along the cobbled streets and alleyways. Tuesdays and Fridays are market days in the Old Town.