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Peak Transfer | Megève Summer Guide
22nd May 2016

Megève Summer Guide

Megève, Combloux & Cordon

The beautiful town of Megève, has a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest destinations in the Alps. Located in Haute-Savoie in the Mont Blanc Massif, Megève began life in the 1900’s as a tannery town. It wasn’t until the 1920’s however that the Rothschild family began to take an interest in Megève developing it into a purpose built resort, the first in the Alps. Having become disenchanted with St Moritz, the Rothschilds spotted the potential in the town and set about making it into a fashionable and highly desirable destination drawing film stars, royalty and the well to do to savour the mountain air. To this day Megève has maintained that high class reputation and is a stunning and highly popular resort.

Peak Transfer think Megeve is beautiful and full of character in Summer

The gorgeous medieval town centre is at 850m and the imposing mountains which surround it top 2,500m at their highest points. Megève, along with neighbouring Combloux and Cordon, are charming and lively destinations year round and highly worthy of a visit.

The Hiking & Biking

The Haute-Savoie area is a paradise for the hiker. Not only are there over 7,000 km of marked paths for you to explore, but the terrain is as beautiful as it is varied. Why not wander through the National Vanoise Park, visit the three largest and most enticing lakes in the French Alps while admiring the most charming of mountain villages along the way?

There are lots of lovely shorter walks which start in the town such as the Croix du Bouchet circular walk which lasts for between 1 and 2 hours. Or why not make use of the town’s ski lifts to get you up onto the higher plains and onto some fabulous panoramic walking paths. Taking the Jaillet gondola for example will take you high above the town up to the Combloux resort where you start a 2.5 hour route which meanders back down to Megève.  To reach the start of other walks in the area, the free Meg bus is a good bet to move around. For more walking routes and ideas click here or visit the Megève tourist office.

Find 700 km of beautiful hiking in Megeve

The Megève region is a fantastic base for mountain bikers and has numerous trails leading to other picturesque local towns such as Flumet, Combloux, Sallanches and Praz-sur-Arly. There is terrain of varying difficulty with both technically demanding routes for experts and shorter, flatter routes for those wanting a taster of this exhilarating sport. Through the lift systems (or by your own steam if that way inclined) you can also take advantage of neighbouring St-Gervais’ brand new North Shore downhill tracks.

Get me There Fast!

Geneva Airport is the closest, fastest and most convenient when travelling to Megève. With a large number of flight operators scheduling multiple flights a day to Geneva you have plenty of choice to suit. Flight times from the UK are around 90 minutes and distance from Geneva Airport to Megève is just 85km with a transfer time of 75 to 90 minutes via the Route Blanche. Other airport options include Chambery at 95kms or Grenoble at 170km.

What to Eat & Where to Eat it

The food of the Haute-Savoie is hearty and sustaining. Local products which were easy to source and to store form the basis of a rich cuisine which has endured in popularity for centuries. Cheese and potatoes feature prominently and are the perfect way to refuel after a long day of exertion up in the mountains.

Best Mountain Resturants in Megeve

Tartiflette is a mouthwatering gratin consisting of bacon, local Reblochon cheese, potatoes, onions and cream served piping hot from the oven – ever a crowd pleaser. Savoyarde Fondue is another local specialty, melted cheese mopped up with chunks of delicious white bread, just be careful, tradition says that the one who loses their bread in the cheese has to buy the next round or perform a dare or forfeit of the tables choice! To round off a meal, make sure you try the Tarte aux Myrtilles. Tangy blueberries which thrive in the rugged mountain climate are combined with buttery smooth pastry and make for the most sublime of desserts.

You are spoiled for choice when it comes to restaurants in Megève. The traditional Flocons de Sel is consistently rated as one of the best in town with no less three (yes we said three) Michelin stars to its name. This is a must for fine dining enthusiasts and gastronomic connoisseurs but as you can imagine prices reflect this. However they do have a more modest offering too in Megève centre in the form of the Flocons Villages, both great choices for traditional French fare with a modern twist.

Peak Transfer loves Megeves Flocons de Sel

Up on the mountain do look out for La Ravière, where great food is served in a charming rustic hut. Vital to pre-book here but well worth the effort. For family dining La Taverne du Mont d’Arbois serves delicious food. Housed in a pretty chalet, this is a great spot to eat succulent grilled meats and make sure you save space for their delicious chocolate soufflé.  For more suggestions for eating out in Megève why not take a look at our Megève Mountain Restaurant Guide.

When the Sun Sets

Although Megève doesn’t have the thumping nightlife of some other resorts in the Alps, there are still plenty of lovely spots to kick back in the evening with a rather more sophisticated chic ambience. The bar scene is buzzing and some top venues to locate are the upscale Calèche which is a popular spot to catch some live music and Le Chamois, by the church, which has a cosy vibe.

Palo Alto is the place to be seen in Megeve come nightime

If you plan to stay out late, Cocoon is a good spot for a bit of dancing while Palo Alto has two offerings, a more relaxed piano bar on one floor and a more upbeat dance floor on the second. For a less mainstream vibe try Le Pallas and to find the smart set, Les Caves de Megève, is a well-known favourite. Finally, some of the best DJs can be found at Cargo, the oldest club in town.

Where to Stay?

Megève is at the smarter end of the scale for Alpine resorts and there’s some luxury accommodation to match. Megève has a well rounded blend of high end accommodation here from gargantuan luxury chalets to 5-star boutique hotels. For the finest of stays, the Rothschild owned Chalet du Mont d’Arbois is sumptuous and affords guests every luxury. Oozing with charm and hospitality is the Chalet St Georges and for the best of locations slap bang in the heart of town is Hôtel Mont-Blanc which comes highly recommended.

Peak Transfer recommend Chalet du Mont d'Arbois in Megeve for 5 star luxury

For those really looking for luxury and relaxation Les Fermes de Marie should be the top of the list with its unparalleled spa facilities and beauty treatments. The boutique hotel come chalet which features not only the aforementioned spa and pool but also three delicious restaurants. Perfect for those wishing to push the boat out.

Les Fermes de Marie / L. Di Orio, MPM, T. Shu & DR

There are other options which are easier on the wallet including the family run Au Coeur de Megève, the comfortable Le Gai Soleil and the centrally located Hotel La Prairie.

Things to Do

Climbing & Via Ferrata

Megève is a paradise for lovers of the outdoors. Aside from the extensive hiking and cycling options, there is ready made access to lots of climbing routes suitable for beginners through to experts.

Climbing and Hiking the Passy Via Ferrata

Another really popular activity is tackling the Via Ferrata routes. These are carefully constructed climbing routes equipped with ladders, cable bridges and chains to help you across the trickier stretches. A great way to see slightly more inaccessible areas and a solid introduction to mountaineering.

Take to the Waters and Skies

For adrenaline seekers, why not have a go at the exhilarating rafting and kayaking on offer, or if you prefer just to relax why not have a picnic and a paddle by one of the many beautiful crystal clear alpine lakes on offer? More gentle times can also be had in the Megève area with some lovely spas and swimming pools to tempt you.

Paragliding in Megeve is a must this summer

For those who would rather take to the skies than get wet you are also catered for. Like most alpine resorts you have an abundance of paragliding opportunities available but if you are after something rather novel and unique you can jump into your very own private plane and have a personalised pleasure flight tour of Megeve and its surrounding terrain from a bird’s eye prospective.

Places to See

The Calvary Trail

Of historical interest in Megève is the Calvary trail which takes you past 15 chapels which mark the Stations of the Cross. The chapels were all built in the late 1800’s and have some stunning ecclesiastical features for you to admire.

Museum of Megève

To learn more about the history of Megève head to the town’s museum which is open every afternoon except Sunday. It’s a small place but well worth a visit to learn more about this fascinating town.

Take a dip in Lac du Javen Megeve

Lac de Javen

A lovely local beauty spot to seek out is the Lac de Javen. The perfect place for a picnic on a Summer’s day, the Lac is renowned for having crystal clear water. You can fish for trout here too and there’s also a playground to keep the little ones entertained.

What’s on?

3 Valleys Addict Tour

July is a particularly exciting month to visit Megève when several high profile events hit town. The 3 Valleys Addict Tour is a cycling carnival with many races from a hair raising 2,200m descent for those with nerves of steel, to a gentler 1km urban course and there’s also a 2 hour cross country event for children.

L’Étape du Tour

For road bikers, you can fulfil all of your cycling fantasies by joining in the Megève-Morzine Tour de France stage on the L’Étape du Tour. A truly blue riband event, you can have your taste of the most classic of French sporting challenges.

Appreciate sublime music and talented artists at the Megeve Jazz Contest

Megève International Show Jumping

Another one not to miss is the Megève-Edmond the de Rothschild International Show Jumping which is one of the must-see events of the year. Taking place over 6 days in mid-July, the event draws crowds of 25,000 who enjoy a fine spectacle watching a mix of amateur and professionals ride their 500 horses across a number of exciting events.

Megève Jazz Contest

For music lovers, the annual Megève Jazz Contest comes to town in mid July where you can enjoy bands from across Europe playing out on the streets in a New Orleans style Jazz competition.

For Families

The Luge

Thrillseekers of all ages will love the town’s downhill luge which shoots down two twisting, turning tracks at eye watering speeds, a fantastic morning or afternoon’s entertainment.

Megeve Summer Resort Guide by Peak Transfer


With different rates available for children and adults, Adventure passes are a great way to keep the family entertained in Megève. These passes give you a taster over 3, 4 or 5 days of the many outdoor pursuits the town has to offer including rafting, MTB, climbing, canyoning and hiking.


Want to Find Out More?

These websites are a great resource for all and everything about Megève and the surrounding area:

Megève Tourist Board

Combloux Tourist Board

Cordon Tourist Board

Savoie region Tourist Board

Transfers to Megève

Peak Transfer are a fully insured and licensed transfer service providing a reliable airport and resort transfers across the French, Italian and Swiss Alps (view our licence here). The cost of a private transfer to Megève from Geneva Airport is €200 one way for up to 8 passengers in a modern well equipped vehicle.

Peak Transfer provide Private Airport Transfers to Megeve

Your very own English speaking driver will pick you up personally from the airport arrivals hall and transport you directly to your accommodation without having to wait for other passengers. All customers will receive an SMS message 24 hrs before arrival and departure, with no extra costs for luggage (including skis, snowboards and bikes) or baby and child seats. Why not check out some of our independent reviews online here.


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