From pro style road biking to a day in a spa, there's so much available to keep you entertained in Megève...
Our suggestions for active days...
Head to the lift office or tourist office to purchase your Megeve pass which offers unlimited access for 7 or 3 days to the leisure centre, the summer luge, the mountain cable cars, a variety of other sports and the buses. Then take the Rochebrune cable car to the top of the mountain and walk along the ridge to Cote 2000, enjoying the fantastic scenery and wild flowers. Have lunch at the charming Radaz restaurant serving the regional specialities of Tartiflette or Diots and then amble down the mountain to catch the bus back to Megeve (or walk back along the valley if you have the energy!).
Stroll down to the town for a morning coffee in the picturesque village square and then continue on to the summer luge. Take the chair lift up, grab your sledge and head off down the fibreglass chute as fast as you dare! In the afternoon, why not head to the leisure centre and have a splash in the glorious open air swimming pool, or a slide down the water slides.
Hire mountain bikes and grab the cable car for a day enjoying the numerous trails both up and down the mountain. Mountain bikers can take a lift up - and enjoy the adrenaline rush down. Or do it the hard way! Trails are available for riders of varying ability levels. Ask at the lift office for a special mountain bike lift pass that gives access to the Mont d’Arbois and Jaillet cable cars, the Rochebrune gondola and the Alpette and Torraz chairlifts. If this isn’t enough, there are linked routes into neighbouring resorts of Combloux and Praz-sur-Arly, and right down into Sallanches in the valley. Don't forget to take your swimming things as many mountain restaurants also have small open air pools for a quick cooling plunge!
Take a break and have a slightly more relaxing day. Head down to the Plein d'Eau at Combloux, the village below Megeve. This is a man made swimming lake that is naturally filtered. It is set on a plateaux that looks out to the Mont Blanc range so you can swim along looking at fantastic views. It's not heated and is open from mid-June to the beginning of September. There is no shade but you can take a parasol or you can hire one there. There is a good restaurant with great ice creams. An alternative which is free, although not as picturesque, is the lake at Passy, a village in the valley. It is a public lake with some sand in which the kids can build sandcastles. There is also mini-golf and a low ropes course here.
Hire a mountain guide from the Maison de la Montagne or join in with a pre-organised group, and head into the mountains to try your hand at canyoning. Jump into plunge pools and slide down cascades. The guides' office also offers paragliding, white water rafting, rock climing, via ferrata, mountain biking and glacier trekking...
There are many activities to choose from including horse riding, golf, high rope adventure course at Cote 2000, ice skating, climbing wall at the sports centre, fishing at the picturesque Lac du Javen, a flight over Mont Blanc, hot air balloon rides, parapenting, tennis, paintball. So much to do - what should you choose? Perhaps a 2 week holiday is really needed to fit it all in!
Our suggestions for relaxing days...
Take a stroll through the town, enjoying the wide variety of shops although watch what takes your fancy as some of the boutiques are on the pricey side! Make sure you have a look inside the beautiful 13th century church in the village's central square. Choose a restaurant for a relaxing lunch from a Megeve restaurant guide. Then head to Le Musee du Haut val d'Arly hidden away behind the Hotel Chalet St. Georges. This charming little museum paints a vivid picture of what life was like in the farming village of Megeve before the tourists arrived. If you have time, perhaps you might also visit Megeve's other small museum, a former charity hospital with its 17th century chapel.
Spend the day relaxing instead of swimming at the Plein d'Eau at Combloux - There is also a health and beauty section where you can book a massage on the deck looking out to Mont Blanc. There is a sauna and steam room and day passes are available.
Take a guided tour from the Tourist Office to Le Calvaire. An important pilgrimage site of the 19th century, "Le Calvaire" is registered as one of the Sacred Mountains of Europe and is additionally noted as a historic monument. Here are 15 chapels and oratories, two of which are dedicated to Mary. They retrace the Stations of the Cross and feature several colourful statues, frescos and trompe l'oeil paintings. The tourist office also offers other tours in English such as the historical centre, the religious heritage, Megeve's natural heritage and a very present past, discovery of the rural, architectural and religious heritage. After all that history, why don't you save your legs with a ride in a horse drawn caleche back to your chalet.
Book a tour of the various farms in and around Megeve to buy local cheese, milk, fruits, vegetables, jams and honey. Try La Ferme de la Cote 2000 for tomme and reblochon cheeses, L'Alpage les Tetes, Route du Leutax is very good for goat's cheese and the possibility to attend milking plus Les Jardins de la Mottaz, 150 Route du Villaret, for fruit, veg and jams. Round off the morning at the Restaurant Les Drets for lunch. This restaurant is on the side of the road up to Cote 2000, just before the Altiport (on the opposite side). It is family-run and popular with the locals. There is an outside seating area if the weather is nice.
Try your hand at painting. The Atelier du Chat Noir offers classes in academic, design and creative painting. In all mediums, oils, acrylics, charcoal, pastels and water colours. Instruction is in small groups. Or perhaps your taste runs more to pottery. Why not try your hand on the potters wheel or learning different glazing techniques?
The market is well worth a visit. Every Friday morning the town is taken over by the hustle and bustle of people on their way to the market. It spreads from below the outdoor ice skating rink (in the summer it often has a merry go round on it or is a petanque court) to the sports centre. You can pick up Savoyard pottery, linen, ski wear and fleeces, jewellery and don't forget to head down to the food section. Here you can find local jams and honey, fruit and vegetables, fresh fish stalls, local cheeses and salami not to mention the delicious Savoyard smoked ham. Yum!
What to do in the Evening - Megeve has many great restaurants and bars. Have a drink in the Caleche bar followed by a delicious meal in the restaurant of your choice. Then head to the Casino for an evening of roulette and black jack. Or, how about an evening of jazz? The 5 Rues jazz club is renowned and draws in musicians from all over the world. Book a table and dance the night away! Don't forget the jazz festival filling the streets of Megeve from 12th-14th July.
Lift opening times and prices:
Open 4 July -30 August
Single adult - 6.60 euros. Return - 9 euros. Full day 15.00 euros
Children (aged 5-14 years old) - 5.60 euros Return - 6.70 euros. Fully day 12.50 euros
Open 4 July - 30 August
Single adult - 6.50 euros. Full day 15.00 euros
Children - 5.50 euros. Full Day 12.50 euros
Open 13/14 June and from 20 June - 30 August
Single adult - 6.80 euros. Return -12.50 euros
Children - 5.70 euros. Return - 10.20 euros
Open 4 July-23 August
Adult single - 5.10 euros
Child Single - 5.10 euros
Open 27 June-30 August
Single Adult - 6.80 euros. Return - 12.50 euros
Children - 5.70 euros. Return - 10.60 euros
This company offer a fantastic range of exciting actvities for both the Winter and Summer months in Megeve.
Take a look at their website to find out more but as a taster, they offer paragliding, helicopter flights, ballooning, rafting, hydrospeed, airboat, canoeing, canyoning, mountaineering, and rock climbing! You'll need another holiday after this lot!
If you're looking for somewhere special for a relaxing treat, look no further than The Spa at Les Fermes De Marie, rating number one on Trip Advisor for wellness options in Megeve. With an awe inspiring range of treatments for the entire body and a beautiful setting to truly put you at peace, this spa offers you a perfect way to ease weary legs after a day's activities.
Looking for accommodation? Let us help...
Why not consider our B&B Hotel Rond Point? Ideally located close to all that Megeve town centre has to offer, including bars, cafe's and fantastic restaurants, the Rond Point is pefect for getting on your bike and exploring this stunning Alpine resort.
Take a look at our Chalet Hotel Sylvana that we run as a B&B during the Summer months.
Welcoming, cosy and friendly, this chalet is a great choice for families - close to town, but also 2 minutes from the Rochebrune cable car that takes you up into the mountains.