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Destination guide

You'll find mountain charm when you stay in a Morzine holiday let

Morzine lies in the French Alps, just a short distance from the border with Switzerland, and is best known as a ski resort. During the winter, the classic, wooden mountain chalets that dot the high-altitude town are carpeted in a glittering layer of powdery snow, while the summer reveals the forested peaks and rolling mountain meadows. It doesn't matter which season you're coming in, you'll always find plenty of adrenaline-inducing activities to fill your break. Its size means you'll find plenty of amenities, like restaurants and stores, but it's still managed to retain its French mountain charm.

History

Built on the back of the Winter Olympics

Morzine's history starts in the Middle Ages, when an abbey was established here, and the land was cultivated and used to rear livestock. Many centuries later, the area began to grow in population when slate quarries were established. The 1920s saw the first hotel in Morzine, but it wasn't until the 1930s, after the construction of the Pleney cable car, that winter tourism started to take off. Three decades later, Jean Vuarnet won the Winter Olympics nearby and was put in charge of transforming the area into the elegant ski resort it is today.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Morzine

Do you want to find attractions to visit while you're in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to experience everything that Morzine has to offer. Here are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Evian Thermal Spa (16.2 mi / 26.1 km)
  • Espace Aquatique (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Avoriaz Ski Resort (1.8 mi / 2.9 km)
  • Les Gets Ski Resort (1.9 mi / 3 km)
  • Les Prodains Gondola (2.2 mi / 3.6 km)
  • Morzine-Avoriaz Golf Club (3 mi / 4.8 km)
Outdoor activities

There are outdoor activities all year round in Morzine

It's true that most people come to stay in Morzine holiday lets between December and April, when the surrounding runs are blanketed in snow and the cable cars and gondolas are packed with ski-wielding adventure-seekers. Don't worry if you're a newbie to the sport, there are plenty of schools to help you build your skiing or snowboarding confidence. Don't hesitate to visit in the other months, either, when the area is just as picturesque and a whole host of new outdoor activities are on offer, like hiking and downhill mountain biking. Morzine has even hosted some of the final stages of the challenging Tour de France in recent years.

Weather

Seasonal weather averages in Morzine

Morzine is well known for its skiing. If you're interested in winter sports, you might consider visiting in February, July, October or January, when snowfall averages 0 inches and temperatures average -4°F.

Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Morzine

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to take in the scenery, Morzine is a great place to get outside. These are a few of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Lac de Montriond (2.2 mi / 3.5 km)
  • Lac de Joux Plane (3.4 mi / 5.5 km)
  • Jaysinia Alpine Botanical Gardens (6.6 mi / 10.7 km)
  • Base de Loisir des Lacs Aux Dames (6.9 mi / 11.1 km)
  • Galeries Defago Trail (8.1 mi / 13.1 km)
  • Lac de Gers (10.6 mi / 17.1 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Morzine

The nearest airport is in Geneva (GVA-Cointrin Intl.), located 28.9 mi (46.6 km) from the city centre.

How to get around

Getting around Morzine couldn't be easier

Getting to your Morzine holiday let from any of the nearby airports is a breeze, on one of the shuttle buses, coaches or taxis. If you're feeling flush and you're time-poor, why not opt for a helicopter transfer? That will whisk you away to the town in no time. Once you've arrived, you'll find Morzine to be an easily walkable town, though if you want to get further along the valley, you could always make use of the faultless bus network which, at just under a couple of euros per trip, won't break the bank, either. Don't miss a ride on the Petit Train, which runs between several lifts and the town centre.

Food & drink 

You'll always eat well when you stay in a Morzine holiday rental

The number of visitors to Morzine holiday rentals has fuelled growth in the mountain foodie scene. It doesn't matter whether you're looking for a warming plate of tartiflette and a hot cocoa in one of the wooden chalets along the run or you're looking for French classics at one of the fine-dining restaurants, there's no doubt that you'll eat well when you visit Morzine. It's not all French food, though – you can find wood-fired pizzas, homemade burgers and sizzling steaks, not to mention a good choice of vegetarian cuisine, if you're looking for something a little lighter. And the wine, well, that's always French.

How many holiday rentals are available around Morzine?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,551 holiday lettings around Morzine. From 802 chalets to 2,393 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a mountainside property in Morzine?

Mysterious and often harsh, mountains are some of the most ruggedly scenic natural wonders on the planet. If you're eager to try mountain living, we've got you covered. HomeAway has 2,404 alpine getaway rentals available. Want to try something else? See if any of our other properties catch your eye. Our selection here includes:

  • 1,030 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 811 ski-out holiday accommodation options.
  • 440 ski-in / ski-out holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Morzine?

If you want to discover how the locals live, throw back the curtains and soak up this destination from the comfort of your very own apartment. You'll be able to choose from 2,515 different options via HomeAway. If you make your reservation quick, you could spend as little as £21 a night. Or perhaps you'd rather choose one of the area's other popular self-catering accommodation options, such as:

  • Chalet: 831 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £31 per night.
  • House: 164 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £31 per night.
  • Studio: 102 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £23 per night.

Can I stay in Morzine in a large group?

Holidays with your friends and family can be tons of fun, particularly when you're sleeping under the same roof in an awesome new place! If you're visiting with a big group, HomeAway can help you. Apartment holiday rentals are the most popular choice for large groups of visitors, with 764 featured here. Properties around the area that can house large groups include:

  • Are you looking for places that can fit 6 people? We have 895 that will be suitable. Prices start from £25 per night.
  • Keen to find a holiday property for 8 people? We have 493 that will serve you well. The starting price is £33 a night.
  • Organising a trip away with 5 guests? We offer 365 accommodation for rent that fit the bill. Prices start from £30 a night.

So don't worry! When you travel with us you can take your aunt, your sister and all your friends to Morzine.

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