The town of Morzine is located to the east of Geneva, close to the French-Swiss border in the Haute Savoie region of the Rhone-Alpes. Geneva airport is just one hour and 15 minutes of driving from the town on the E25 motorway. The town is 1000m above sea level and surrounding ski resorts benefit from the micro-climate of Mont Blanc.
A vast array of restaurants are available in Morzine to suit all tastes and budgets. For special evenings enjoy up to eight courses of exquisite cuisine, or try one of the tasty and varied menus of fine French food, with hearty meats and fresh fish. There are several restaurants offering the traditional Savoie fare of fondue, raclette and tartiflette, or after a day in the mountains a plate of fish and chips might be the comfort food you're after. It's a toss up for the best coffee and baked treat in town with so many cafe's to choose from you are spoilt for choice.
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There are many beautiful views to see if you can get into the mountains on foot or even by the lifts. Take the road along the Vallee de la Manche for ten minutes and find yourself at the Lac des Mines d'Or, set between rocky crags and grassy meadows. The thundering Cascade de Nyon is worth a look if rainfall has been high, or take a walk in the Dereche forest in the heart of Morzine itself.
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Avoriaz is located in the middle of the epic Portes du Soleil and boasts the highest skiable point throughout the entire network of the 12 resorts, meaning great conditions for skiing and snowboarding. The town of Avoriaz is an equally exciting place to be, with winter activities taking place including night sledding, ski joering, sleigh rides and many more. In summer time, there are limitless biking adventures to be had on downhill, cross country and enduro trails, via ferrata to climb and paraglidnig to fly, not to mention the numerous surrounding peaks to summit on foot. Further activities include tennis, archery, Aquariaz waterpark and even caving in the Gouffre d'Avoriaz sinkhole.
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Head up to Avoriaz if you fancy a spot of golf whilst you're staying Morzine. The Avoriaz golf course spreads out across the plateau with magnificent panoramic views towards Morzine and the surrounding peaks. There are nine holes, sheltered from the elements by tall fir trees and bordered with wild flowers. Lessons are available from the golf academy and clubs are available for hire.
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Morzine offers many ski options with access to Avoriaz or into Morzine resort. The modern Pleney lift is located centrally and takes just seven minutes to whisk you away to the Narnia of Morzine and Les Gets. Alternatively you can take the Nyon telecabine, which is a five minute drive from Morzine centre. The Super Morzine gondola takes skiers and snowboarders up the opposite side of the valley and gives you access to Avoriaz, Chatel and beyond with links into Switzerland.
Also see: Ski Areas in Avoriaz, France
At the height of the season in summer and winter you can expect the bars and clubs to be full of party seeking seasonaires and holiday makers. Between three clubs in town, nights out can last into the early hours of the morning. For a more civilised affair, check out the microbrewery, bars and sunny pub terraces. Most of the bars and clubs are located within walking distance of the town centre.
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