Summer Days Away From Morzine

Morzine is an excellent base for visiting some stunning and iconic places. If you’ve visited the area before, you may want to explore next time by checking out some of the following summer days away from Morzine.

1. Annecy

Summer Days Away From Morzine - Annecy

Annecy is a beautiful town about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Morzine. It’s known as the “Venice of the Alps” thanks to its picturesque canals and charming old town. Lake Annecy is often referred to as Europe’s cleanest lake. This means whether you’re swimming, kayaking, or paddleboarding, the turquoise waters offer the perfect escape from the summer heat.

This stunning town has a lot to offer people visiting from Morzine. You can enjoy the characterful restaurants, going on a shopping spree, or visiting historical buildings. Annecy also provides a wide range of sports and activities. It is one of the world’s best places to paraglide. You can also rent a paddleboard or kayak to glide on the lake. Alternatively, a smooth cycle path around the lake gives you a flat but picturesque cycle route.

You can visit its museums and landmarks to discover Annecy’s rich history and cultural heritage. For example, the Palais de l’Isle, a 12th-century castle-turned-prison-turned-museum, illustrates the town’s past. Or explore the Château d’Annecy for stunning views of the city and lake.

During a visit to Annecy, you can experience the vibrant atmosphere of its bustling markets. Here, you’ll see local artisans showcasing their products and farmers selling fresh produce straight from the region. Browse through stalls selling local cheese and charcuterie to take in the flavors and aromas of Savoyard cuisine.

Annecy also has a lively calendar of events and festivals. From the world-renowned Annecy International Animated Film Festival to the Venetian Carnival-inspired Fête du Lac, there’s always something exciting happening.

2. Chamonix

Chamonix is about an hour and 15 minutes by car, making it one of the best summer days away from Morzine. Chamonix is impressive at any time of the year, but there’s nothing like seeing Mont Blanc and local glaciers up close on a sunny day.

The best way to see the dramatic landscape in Chamonix is to ride the Aiguille du Midi cable car. From here, you can experience the peaks and valleys with Mont Blanc seemingly at just a stone’s throw away. If you want a more active visit to Chamonix, why not hike through its alpine meadows or challenge yourself with world-class climbing routes?

Chamonix is full of excellent bars, restaurants, and big-name shops. Therefore, there’s plenty to do, even on a bad weather day.

3. Yvoire

Yvoire offers something very different for summer days away from Morzine. It is a medieval village about an hour away on the banks of Lac Leman. Its cobblestone streets, 4th-century castle, and a collection of unique artisan craft shops provide lots of charm. 

You can experience Yvoire’s vibrant cultural scene with a calendar of events and festivals celebrating music, art, and local traditions. One of the highlights is the annual Fête Médiévale. This is when the town comes alive with costumed parades, jousting tournaments, and medieval banquets.

Visitors to Yvoire enjoy scenic boat cruises on the lake. These offer panoramic views of Yvoire’s medieval skyline and the Alps looming in the distance. Choose from guided tours or private charters for an unforgettable experience on the tranquil waters. You can also try your hand at waterskiing or wakeboarding with the GetUp Wake Club.

4. Geneva

Summer Days Away From Morzine - Geneva

Many people arrive in Morzine via Geneva Airport but rarely see much of the city apart from through the window of their plane or transfer bus. The more relaxed atmosphere of the summer means you may have the time and energy to experience Geneva.

Even though Geneva is a cosmopolitan city, its Old Town shows its historical side. Here, you’ll find medieval architecture, quaint cafes, and hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

You will undoubtedly have seen the iconic Jet d’Eau fountain from the air while taking off or landing at Geneva Airport. But when you spend time in the city, you can see it from one of the many lakeside bars and restaurants or on a leisurely boat cruise on Lake Geneva. Choose from public ferry rides or private excursions for a memorable experience.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Geneva offers many activities, from scenic lakeside walks and cycling along the promenade to adventurous water sports like sailing, windsurfing, and paddleboarding.

5. Évian-les-Bains

Located on the southern shores of Lake Geneva, Évian-les-Bains is less than an hour from Morzine. This historic town is a great day out if you want a change from the mountains.

Évian’s renowned thermal spas are excellent for rejuvenation while on holiday. The Thermes d’Évian is where you can relax in the thermal baths and enjoy hydrotherapy and wellness treatments to properly unwind. Alternatively, take a leisurely stroll along Évian’s scenic lakeside promenade, enjoying panoramic views of Lac Leman and the Swiss Alps before lunch. Évian has a variety of places to eat, from gourmet restaurants serving haute cuisine to cozy cafes offering freshly baked pastries and coffee. It’s also an excellent opportunity to sample local specialties like freshwater fish and Savoyard cheese fondue.

Évian also has a lot to offer more active people. For example, you can hike through lush forests, cycle along scenic trails, or tee off at the prestigious Évian Resort Golf Club, where panoramic views of Lake Geneva add a unique backdrop for your game.

Final Thoughts On Summer Days Away From Morzine

As you can see, there’s plenty to do just a short drive from Morzine. Whether you want to experience history and culture, take part in alternative activities, or see another part of the world, there are some excellent Summer Days Away From Morzine.

If any of these destinations appeal, check out our service for days away. We run scheduled day trips from Tuesdays to Fridays throughout the summer, making it easy for you to experience something new during your next visit.