Escape the Heat with a coolcation in Morzine and Avoriaz

Looking for an escape from the scorching summer heat? Look no further than Morzine and Avoriaz, nestled in the heart of the French Alps. This picturesque mountain destination offers a refreshing coolcation experience, complete with cooler temperatures, fresh alpine air, and a plethora of outdoor adventures.

Rising temperatures in the Mediterranean are significantly impacting holiday destination choices, as tourists seek to avoid extreme heat and its associated discomforts. In recent years, average summer temperatures in popular Mediterranean destinations such as Spain, Italy, and Greece have increased with some areas experiencing peaks above 40°C. This trend has led to a shift in tourist preferences toward cooler, northern European destinations and alternative Mediterranean spots with milder climates.

This trend has led tourists to seek alternatives like Morzine and Avoriaz. These alpine gems offer an oasis of coolness during the summer months. With average temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C, visitors will find relief from the sweltering heat. Breathe in the crisp mountain air and explore the stunning landscapes, surrounded by lush forests, rivers, and majestic peaks. The area transforms into an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise during the summer months, offering a diverse range of activities that cater to all interests and ages. Here are just a few highlights.

Hiking and Biking: Explore over 200 km of marked trails that wind through breathtaking alpine scenery. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a casual walker, there’s a trail for you. Mountain biking enthusiasts can take advantage of the expansive Portes du Soleil bike park, which features over 600 km of trails, ranging from beginner to expert levels.

Water Sports: Enjoy the crystal-clear waters of Lake Montriond, where you can swim, paddleboard, or kayak against the stunning backdrop of the surrounding peaks. For a more exhilarating experience, white-water rafting on the nearby Dranse River offers thrills and chills.

Paragliding: Soar above the picturesque landscape with a paragliding adventure. Experienced pilots are available to guide you, offering an unforgettable bird’s-eye view of the region.

Golf and Tennis: Practice your swing at the 9-hole Avoriaz golf course, one of the highest courses in Europe, or engage in a friendly match at the well-maintained tennis courts in Morzine.

Culinary Delights

Morzine and Avoriaz are not just about outdoor fun; both areas are also a haven for food lovers. Several restaurants remain open throughout the summer, offering a variety of culinary experiences:

La Chamade: Renowned for its inventive take on traditional Savoyard cuisine, La Chamade offers a menu that highlights local produce and flavours in an elegant setting.

La Grange: This charming restaurant provides a cosy atmosphere and serves hearty, home-cooked meals that are perfect after a day of outdoor activities. Don’t miss their famous fondue!

L’Atelier: For a fine dining experience, L’Atelier presents a gourmet menu that fuses contemporary techniques with classic French cuisine. The panoramic views from the terrace are simply breathtaking.

Mil8 Restaurant: The restaurant and its terrace, located at the foot of the slopes, welcome skiers and hikers for a friendly lunch. On the menu, sharing platters, beautifully presented street food, and elevated mountain dishes, all cooked with high-quality local ingredients. As a final touch, indulge in nostalgic desserts served in jars.

Comfortable and Stylish Accommodation

Morzine and Avoriaz offer a range of accommodation options to suit every budget and preference:

Hotel le Dahu: This family-run hotel combines rustic charm with modern comforts, featuring a spa, indoor and outdoor pools, and rooms with stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Chalet Eira: Ideal for families or groups, Chalet Eira offers spacious rooms, a lively bar, and a sun terrace that’s perfect for relaxing after a day of exploring.

Résidence Pierre & Vacances Atria-Crozats: Located in Avoriaz, these self-catering apartments are perfect for those seeking flexibility and convenience. The residence includes wellness facilities and is close to all major attractions.

Go There:

Morzine and Avoriaz is only one hour from Geneva Airport, which benefits from direct, low-cost flight access from London, Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester. Return flights from London Gatwick to Geneva with easyJet are priced from just £49 pp during the 2024 summer season.

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