Megève was one of the earliest ski resorts to be created in the French Alps. Today it is a unique place in many ways,
differing from almost all other French ski locations in its history, atmosphere and altitude. It gives skiers access to one of the world’s largest lift-linked ski areas, with a lift pass that includes neighbouring Chamonix. Equally significant, the range of shopping, restaurants, facilities and organised activities available surpasses all other French Alpine resorts.
The village has existed since the thirteenth century, as shows the well preserved medieval centre featuring narrow cobbled streets. It used to be a small rural village until the beginning of the twentieth century.
Everything changed when Baroness de Rothschild chose the village to turn it into a French alternative to Switzerland’s St. Moritz. She had the resort’s four stars hotel built, the Palace Mont d’Arbois, and persuaded French railways to open a special line from Paris to neighbouring St Gervais, thereby opening-up the tourist potential of this wonderful site. The Royal families and the aristocracy of Europe began staying in the resort by the 1920s.
With King Albert of Belgium as the luxury hotel’s sponsor, the resort quickly became a favourite watering hole of the aristocracy as well as tycoons from the worlds of business and finance. Since this period, Megève has always been internationally renowned for its wealthy clientele and its refined hotels.
Lying in the shadow of Europe’s tallest mountain, Mont Blanc, are the ski resorts and chalets of Megeve and St Gervais, France. Ideally located for exploring all that the Haute Savoie department has to offer and showcasing magnificent facilities for both winter and summer holidays, the St Gervais – Megeve area caters for all types, budgets and experience of skiing holiday and holiday accommodation.
THINGS TO DO ON HOLIDAY IN ST GERVAIS - MEGEVE, FRANCE
There is a huge amount to do at any time of year in a holiday rental chalet in the St Gervais – Megeve region. The thermal spas of St Gervais make it a popular centre for well-being all year round, and further facilities are supplied to support the year round tourism here. Shops, restaurants and cafes remain open all year round, and there is plenty of evening entertainment, provided not only by the bars and restaurants, but also by the Megeve Casino, Turkish baths, sauna and indoor skating rink.
During the ski season, a chalet in Megeve or St Gervais allows downhill, cross country, off-piste and heli-skiing, snowmobiles, paragliding and an extensive snow park for snowboarders.
During the summer, the range of activities on offer dramatically increases. The thermal spas get into full swing as mountain bikers, walkers, and mountaineers return from the slopes after a hard days sport. Cycling, climbing and walking holidays to St Gervais – Megeve can take full advantage of the holiday properties as fishing, paragliding, white water rafting and even golf facilities start to come to life.
PLACES TO HOLIDAY IN ST GERVAIS - MEGEVE, FRANCE
Megeve can lay claim to the record as the first purpose built ski resort in France. Here, charming wooden chalets, picturesque scenery and a charming atmosphere mean that the holiday rental chalets in Megeve have been well used since the first one was built in the 1920’s. The nightlife in Megeve is slightly livelier than in St Gervais, with loud jazz bars, clubs and a range of lively bars to choose from. Megeve oozes old fashioned charm, and has become an exclusive place to rent a holiday home or gite.
St Gervais is also a charming, traditional alpine village, which boasts its own thermal springs and magnificent panoramic views of Mont Blanc. St Gervais not only has a range of superb restaurants, cafes and cozy bars, but it also has one of the best snow parks in Haute-Savoie, having hosted the French Snowboard Championships.
Les Contamines is a resort catering for all abilities. If you have a mixed ability party looking for St Gervais - Megeve accommodation, Les Contamines is a good bet. As well as a range of pistes, there is also extensive off-piste to be enjoyed.