In the south-eastern French Alps lies the stunning ski-resort village of Megève. Though mostly recognised for its ski-scene, the village is remarkably abundant with historical treasures and has an intriguing heritage. Amidst the medieval cobbled streets you can find alpine chalets, designer boutiques and ski-savvy tourists, but what came before these luxurious modernisms?
Before skiing was introduced to the area, Megève was abundant with farmer’s markets and stone houses. Much of this ancient heritage can still be seen today; the church of St John the Baptist that stands tall in the village square dates back to the thirteenth century.
The resort slowly became popular over the centuries, and tourists would visit purely for the picturesque mountain views. It was in 1913 however, that skiing took over and attracted many more travellers. As its popularity continued to grow, Megève hosted its first skiing competition in 1914, and in 1933 installed its first cable car. From there, the village enjoyed its rapid rise to fame, and is now a well-known resort for winter sports fanatics as well as culture lovers. It’s distinct medieval character remains, but with a subtle modern touch; it’s no wonder Megève is so popular!
Things to See and Do
For those who aren’t keen to speed down the slopes, this resort still has plenty of exciting attractions. Whether you’re travelling alone, with friends or enjoying a romantic couple’s getaway, you will be utterly entranced by this beautiful alpine village.
Musée de Megève
If you’re feeling intrigued by the rich heritage, a visit to the local museum makes for the perfect day trip. The exhibitions showcase a range of interesting artefacts, telling a history both of the village and of winter sports.
- Found at: 66 Rue du Comte de Capré, 74120 Megeve
- Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 2.30pm – 7.00pm
- Free access
The Calvary Trail
For those who have an interest in architecture, this fascinating trail is ideal. Walk up the lower slopes of Mont d’Arbois, passing 15 chapels and oratories on the way that were all built between 1840 and 1878. Interestingly, the chapels mark the Stations of the Cross – a representation of the route taken by Jesus to his crucifixion. Each chapel has a distinct style and offers picturesque mountain views – this makes a lovely romantic stroll.
- The distance of the trail is 1.8km
- Paintings and sculptures can be found in some of the chapels
Tour the Historic Centre
Visitors to Megève can enjoy guided tours of the historic village centre. Learn about the smaller chapels located in the hamlets, the development of the area from its earliest beginnings and traditional life on the farms. Some tours also include visits to the old washhouses and barns, giving a real insight into traditional ways of life.
- Tours take place every day during peak months
Haut Val d’Arly Heritage Museum
This museum is located in a traditional farmhouse and allows visitors to learn about the ancient lives of the villagers. Each room in the house tells a story of old domestic life through its objects and furnishings – be sure to take your time here and enjoy this unique representation of historic mountain life.
- Found at: 88 Rue Docteur Charles Socquet, 74120 Megeve
- Children under 6 have free access
- Open during peak months
Where to Stay
Alpaga – With Alpaga properties, you can choose from self-catered apartments and chalets to full-service hotel rooms. Whichever you happen to choose, you will not be disappointed. Most rooms have incredible views of the surrounding mountains and all feature cosy, alpine furnishings with a simplistic touch. Dine in the Michelin-star restaurants onsite and indulge in some spa treatments to truly relax.
Fer à Cheval – This property is sure to give you the celebrity treatment you deserve. The modern furnishings mix their contemporary style with a hint of alpine flare, completely unique to the hotel. Enjoy the swimming pools, hot tub and spa and relax in front of the cosy fire in the communal area. If you’re lucky, your room with have a delightful view of the mountains.
How to Get There
If you’re travelling to Megève from the UK, I would recommend flying into Geneva Airport. There are usually a good number of flights to choose from as there are over 180 scheduled every week and four airlines offering direct flights.
Once you land, it is best to have a shuttle service pre-booked to take you to your destination. Doing this allows you to avoid any taxi or public transport queues, meaning your transfer to Megève should take just over an hour.
About Shuttle Direct
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