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The true appeal of Morzine is that it has still kept the appearance of a village from another time; wooden facades, carved balconies and slate-covered roofs. This true Alpine charm and real traditional French village ambiance, is what sets Morzine apart from other man-made summer Alpine resorts to keep visitors returning time and time again.
The commune of Morzine is responsible for Avoriaz, hence why it is often referred to as Morzine-Avoriaz. However they are two separate villages. Morzine is based at 1,000 metres and Avoriaz village is at 1,800m. It is our snow sure resort in Winter and hosts the golf course and other activities in the summer. It is a car free zone and has very distinct architecture. Well worth a cable car ride up to have a look around and experience the fabulous views.
Morzine is just quite simply a great place to be in the summer. The village bustles not only with locals, but with walkers, mountain bikers, road bikers, adrenalin seekers and families with children, all soaking up the summer ambiance and feeling well away from it all. The heart of Morzine centres on the square at the Tourist Office. Here you will find the children’s carousel, the start of the horse-drawn carriage rides and the numerous tours offered by the Tourist Office, such as the tour of the old town. There are plenty of clothes and souvenir shops to keep the avid shopper happy too.
There are plenty of restaurants in the village from the typical Savoyarde restaurant, where cheese and ham is the order of the day, to Italian style, gourmet style and up to take-away fish and chip places (our favourite being Mamma’s!). Bars are plentiful with the most popular bar of the moment being ‘Le Coup de Coeur’, where coffee is accompanied by lovely free cakes and your glass of rose with some local hams and cheeses. The regular haunt for the mountain bikers is ‘Bar Robinson’ where the infamously strong ‘Mutzig beer’ is served by a very authentic older French couple! Nightclubs and late bars are open for the night owls.
As well as all the adrenalin and adventure in Morzine, there are plenty of cultural sites to visit too.
The ruins of this beautiful abbey date back to the monks in 1094. Discover its history through the museum and exhibition centre on the site. Free entry with the Multi Pass and the free Balad’Aulps bus runs there.
Over 550 mechanical musical instruments items are gathered in a magnificient 16th Century house in Les Gets. Each piece is displayed in different rooms, according to the time, context of their creation and use, with instruments such as carillons, street organs, mechanical pianos, gramophones and jukeboxes. Free entry with the Multi Pass and the free Balad’Aulps bus runs there.
Guided tours of the old town, cheese-making demonstrations, visit the cheese dairy and even go to the farm to watch the cows being milked at the plateau of Nyon.
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Morzine hasn’t always been a main international winter and summer Alpine holiday destination. Its roots were very different in the beginning.
Up until the early 1900s, the income of the village depended largely upon farming and slate mining, the local ‘grey gold’. 1734 was the official year of commercial exploitation of slate, but it was probably extracted from the cliff face as far back as the 15th century to cover roofs and lofts. Machinery and mining techniques have remained practically unchanged since then, with five mines still open today, supplying materials for roof covering, tiling and for souvenirs.
If you want to discover a bit more about slate mining, you can accompany Franck Buet, a slate worker, who offers weekly guided tours explaining the history of each process and demonstrating the techniques used in working with slate.
Yearly improvements since then have gone on to make Morzine-Avoriaz one of the most popular winter ski and summer destinations in the French Alps.