When you think of Morzine in the South of France, your first thought may be that of a snow and ski resort. While it is most renowned for being a truly stunning ski destination, Morzine is also a widely popular summer holiday destination.
When my parents invited me along on their holiday to Morzine (well of course, I’m the favourite child ;)) I was more than happy to tag along! After a little bit of research, I couldn’t wait to get to Morzine and explore everything that it had to offer.
Here are all the things to do in the summer in Morzine.
Morzine really is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to; the abundance of lush green mountains that transform into thrilling ski slopes during the winter months, the treacherous hills designed for daring mountain bikers plus so much more to see and do, it’s clear to see why Morzine really is a fantastic destination for a summer holiday.
One of the things that I wanted to do the most in Morzine was to try out paragliding. It’s always something I’ve had my eye on, and with a particularly unusual penchant for heights, I knew Morzine would be the perfect place to try it out for the first time!
Unfortunately, my sister and I had our first two attempts at paragliding sabotaged by terrifying thunderstorms – but that didn’t stop us! We managed to sneak in a session just before I was due to head off to the airport on my last day in Morzine and I can safely say that it was 100% worth it!
Paragliding over the stunning mountains, with the spectacular scenery below us was definitely something I’ll remember forever. It wasn’t scary or frightening; it was truly breathtaking and overwhelming and I would happily recommend this incredible experience to anyone, wherever they are in the world, but it’s definitely something you should try out in the summer in Morzine!
Paddle board, canoe or kayak at Lac de Montriond
Lake Montriond is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. It’s so picturesque, tranquil and beautiful and it’s the perfect place for a dip in the lake, a spot of sunbathing or to partake in more rigorous activities such as paddle boarding or canoeing. My entire family decided to head out on to the lake with various boats and paddles accompanying us and it was one of my favourite moments of the entire trip. The breathtaking lake was remarkably peaceful despite there being a number of people trying their hand at different water sports.
The lake is surrounded by several little restaurants and diners, perfect for indulging in a yummy snack after an afternoon of water activities. There’s also a natural swimming pool located just mere metres away from the lake, which is ideal for those wanting to have a refreshing dip without being in the actual lake itself.
My family and I decided to take a dip in the actual lake and we all thoroughly enjoyed jumping off our respective paddle boats into the refreshing water. It was a perfect way to cool down after an hour of paddling around the lake!
Take a ski lift up the enormous slopes
The towering hills of Morzine aren’t just for the winter months; they also offer an abundance of activities during summer! For a small fee, you can travel up the huge ski lifts, all the way to the top of the mountains and admire the mesmerising views below. I can’t even begin to describe just how beautiful the scenery is and if you’re not afraid of heights, then this is definitely something you should do!
There are also a number of places to eat and drink once you arrive at the top of the mountain and it’s well worth a glass (or two) of wine once you’ve completed the huge ascent!
Take a walk by the little rivers and streams
There are several streams and rivers dotted around Morzine and they offer even more serenity to the already-stunning landscape of the town. Cute little bridges, horses and hideaways can be discovered along the riverside and the walks make for a truly beautiful backdrop for all your Instagram photos!
Go mountain biking… If you dare!
While I’m definitely not into mountain biking at all, my dad and brother loved whizzing down the mountainside on their bulky bikes! It’s certainly not cheap to hire out bikes and all the necessary equipment in Morzine (you’re looking at at least £300 for the bare minimum for a few days’ hire) but it really is a truly thrilling experience if that’s the kind of holiday you’re looking for.
My brother did actually get pretty badly hurt on one of his rides though – cutting all of the back of his leg and bruising all over his back – mountain biking certainly in’t an activity for the faint-hearted!
If you’re wanting to experience a similar thrill to whizzing down the mountain, without the possibility of danger that comes with mountain biking then you need to try out The Pleney Luge!
It’s essentially a huge summer sledge track that descends all the way down The Pleney mountain and can be enjoyed by everyone! Younger riders can sit with parents, and the more daring riders can race each other side by side on the two tracks. You need to take the La Crusaz chairlift up to the top of the mountain and once you’re there, you’ll be provided with a helmet and your sledge.
Now all that’s left to do is race down the mountainside while admiring the breathtaking views!
Of course, there are a plethora of other things to do in the summer in Morzine including golf, hiking, archery, horse-riding, water parks, rock climbing plus much more. I definitely want to head back to Morzine again at some point, both during the summer and the winter to tick more activities off my list!
Which activities would you like to try in Morzine? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.