Search for non-skiing activities in Morzine and you’ll find all manner of exciting alternative activities, ranging from ski Joring, sledging and snow shoeing to paragliding and ice diving! That’s all very well if you enjoy doing things on holiday, packing every day full of action and collapsing into bed ready to get up early and do it all again tomorrow. But if you’re the kind of person who thinks walking to the bus stop is exercise and you go home from an alpine holiday feeling like you need another holiday, what is there for you to do?
Well, fear not my non-sporty friends, you too can have a fantastic holiday in action-packed Morzine…
Food and Drink
Morzine boasts a range of fabulous coffee shops and bars. Beanies is cosy during the day, take your laptop and you can catch up on emails/Facebook while soaking up the atmosphere. The free wifi and great coffee/tea selection make it a hit with seasonnaires so you can even get to know the locals too!
France is famed for long lunches with plenty of wine… an easy way to while away a whole day! There are plenty of places for lunch with many of the restaurants serving ‘Le Plat du Jour’ which are very reasonably priced.
However, if the rest of your group are all skiers and you don’t want to dine alone, why not plan to meet them at a mountain restaurant for lunch? It’s simple to access restaurants at the top of the Super Morzine and Pleney bubbles, as well as any restaurants in Avoriaz or he Lindarets bowl. Similarly you can take a bus from Morzine to Les Gets and rendezvous there. Ski lifts have special cheaper prices for walkers. Take a good book as you may want to stay up there for the afternoon to enjoy the lively atmosphere or the sun if you’re lucky!
Morzine also has some fantastic shops, you can find great mountain style clothing that it’s hard to come by in the UK, so even if you don’t particularly enjoy charging around mountains, you can still look the part!
There are also some lovely souvenir shops selling locally made alpine bowls, jugs and other crockery, wooden toys and games, homemade chocolate or some toasty sheepskin slippers.
You can experience the special alpine scenery that Morzine has to offer, by taking a leisurely stroll along the river in the Dereches park. The river trail is stunning and with bridges dotted along the way, it’s easy to take a short walk, or if you’re feeling a bit more energetic head on down to the next bridge and add on a 1km or so. Follow the river the other way out of town and you can reach Nyon waterfall in just a short saunter.
Even just a stroll around the town is fascinating, there’s lots of old buildings as well as beautiful new chalets to discover if you take a turn down a back street. The Farmhouse ‘Le Mas de la Coutettaz’ is the oldest building in Morzine, built in 1771, and looks out across the town from it’s perch just above the Mairie and Church. It’s a hotel but they have a bar open to non-guests.
How about spending some time relaxing? The swimming pool complex in Morzine houses 3 saunas and 2 Turkish baths, perfect for resting your mind and body. You can even have a gentle swim if you fancy as the entry price covers both the pool and relaxation area.
If you’re lucky enough to be staying somewhere with a hot tub, then even better! Make the most of having the tub to yourself, grab a glass of champagne and soak a few hours away.
We’ve saved the best for last… There are a few great spas offering beauty treatments in Morzine, including Indulge Morzine and The Little Mountain Spa. A plethora of treatments are on offer including manicures, pedicures, massages, facials, waxing and also alternative treatments such as Indian head massages and Reflexology.
So fear not if your activity loving family, friends or partner are dragging you on a ski/snowboard holiday to Morzine this winter, if you’re not keen on getting cold, snowy and sweaty, there’s still so much for you to enjoy!