What to do in Megeve in summer

Activities in Megeve for a magical summer trip

It may be best known for its slopes and powder, but outside of ski season, Megeve is a fabulous summer holiday destination. Nestled in the rolling green hills of the Haute-Savoie region, this quaint town promises a quiet and outdoor-oriented getaway for families and individuals.

  1. Head to the mountains
  2. Get adventurous
  3. Take to the skies
  4. Relax around town
  5. Shelter from the rain

While others head to the beach, why not head to the sunny Alps? You'll find glorious walks, climbing and adventure sports to build up an appetite for the hearty Alpine cuisine. We’ve gathered the best activities in Megeve – and some wet-weather options – to fill a summer break itinerary.

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1. Head to the mountains

A holiday in the Haute-Savoie would be incomplete without dedicating some time to the mountains. In winter, you're likely to ski down, but in summer you have a few more options. There are over 150 km of trails accessible from Megeve, with something for everyone from seasoned walkers to total novices in search of fresh mountain air. From the centre of town you can easily walk to the Belle au Bois waterfalls in less than two hours, or you can drive a little way to the longer, more challenging Croisse Baulet. A hike through forest paths and across Alpine meadows, soundtracked by the chiming of cowbells, will reward you with epic views over Mont Blanc. The hike to Mont Joly is steep but rewarding, especially on a bright summer's day with a sweeping vista of the Val Montjoie and Megeve below. You can also gain some elevation by heading up the mountain on a horse or donkey with a pre-booked tour, or taking the leisurely trip in a cable car. Mountain biking is another incredibly popular way up and down the mountainside, and you can even get a little boost up if you opt for an electric bike tour.

For adults: Hill walking or electric bikes

For kids: Take the cable car – halve the effort and double the excitement

2. Get adventurous

The Haute-Savoie region is packed with climbing opportunities, both in the mountains and on Via Ferrata excursions. A Via Ferrata is a walk-meets-climb involving paths, ladders, bridges and harnesses. The Curalla Via Ferrata is very close by, with a great view of the Mont Blanc massif. Alternatively, you could head to the Aravis Via Ferrata, crossing a spectacular footbridge 80 metres above the ground. On the Jalouvre Via Ferrata, you might even see bearded vultures from a whole new angle. Canyoning is another extremely popular choice here. If you haven't done it before, imagine sliding down rocks, splashing into deep blue pools, exploring caves and even abseiling down waterfalls. There are canyoning options just a few steps from the centre of Megeve, with routes for both adults and kids. Also accessible on foot from the town is the summer sledge run (or Luge). This spectacular descent through the beautiful Alpine scenery is open during the day and at night, when it's illuminated for a truly magical experience.

Adventures for adults: Try a Via Ferrata for the first time

For kids: Career down the luge run

3. Take to the skies

If you get the opportunity, scenery like this is best viewed from the skies. The vibrant green hills around Megeve soon become the rugged Aravis and Mont Blanc mountain ranges, still blanketed in glorious snow. You can see the landscape unfurl beneath you from a helicopter – for a VIP-style moment – or in a hot-air balloon for a magical and sedate flight that feels like a dream. For a memory you'll never forget, book a 'tourist flight' in a tiny plane from around €40. Your tour guide and pilot will cruise over some over the most breathtaking Alpine scenery, giving you time to soak it all up. Perhaps the two most dramatic options are paragliding and tandem sky-diving (open seasonally). This is one for the thrill-seekers, and while it may not give you the best chance of really 'taking in' the scenery, it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Tourist flight: From €40–60

Hot-air balloon: from €220

4. Relax around town

In summer, the car-free, cobbled streets of Megeve are lined with stalls selling produce, flowers spill down from wooden balconies, and there are plenty of al fresco eating opportunities in sunny corners where you can really relax and enjoy the moment. The town is a vibrant place to shop, with a patchwork of local and designer stores as well as ski and sportswear outlets. If you're self-catering, it's worth perusing the shops and nearby farm stores for regional cheese, meat, bread and fresh vegetables, as well as handmade chocolates and cakes. Drive out along the valley road behind Megeve – appreciating the stunning surroundings, of course – to visit the Domaine le Coulairon, a local farm open as a tourist attraction. Here you can meet sheep and lambs in the sheepfold, get close to the reindeer herd, and stop for a home-cooked snack. Take note: spring is your best chance of spotting the incredibly adorable baby reindeer. To satisfy your appetite after an active day, there are bakeries and cafes as well as a vast array of restaurants, from haute cuisine and sushi to hearty pasta and creperies.

For kids: The reindeer farm

For adults: Indulge in raclette at L’Alpage, or truffle fondue at La Taverne du Mont d’Arbois

5. Shelter from the rain

Let's be honest: since you're in Europe and in the mountains, there's a chance you might see some rain while you're in Megeve. But no fear – the indoor activities will more than keep you occupied. The best place to head on a grey day is the Le Palais leisure centre. As well as the outdoor pool, there are also several indoor pools and water slides, not to mention a luxurious spa offering various treatments, saunas and Turkish baths. You can keep little ones entertained for an afternoon at the kids' activity club, or head to the climbing centre together. This indoor landscape is a climber's paradise, offering all levels of walls and routes. Why not enjoy a game on the indoor tennis courts, try your hand at curling, or don your ice skates in the indoor rink? Besides the leisure centre, there are multiple spas dotted around town, often attached to hotels. You could also pop inside the Saint-Jean-Baptiste church to marvel at the architecture or explore the main square. And if that's not enough, the local museum, art gallery and cinema are on hand as well.

Best for kids: Leisure centre pool and climbing

Best for adults: Spas, shopping and art gallery

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