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Posted on Tuesday 13th January 2015 | Lesley Thomas

Getting to know Morzine

For those of you not overly familiar with Morzine, it is a traditional, bustling market town, in the Rhône-Alpes region in the eastern part of France. Here is a brief overview of some of the attractions on offer to help you get to know this lovely town better.

The feel of the town

Despite featuring all of the modern commodities a visitor could require, it retains the charm and spirit of older times, with slate roofs and traditional wooden chalets. The site was once home to a cistercian monastery, and from the 12th century onward a thriving settlement has remained within its boundaries. The town is nestled in a picturesque gorge surrounded by wooded slopes, which offers excellent access to all of the Alpine attractions you could wish for.

Recreational activities

As you'd expect, Morzine gives you excellent access to skiing. Within the territory of the commune you find the great Avoriaz ski resort, and you're also in easy reach of the other piste delights of the Portes du Soleil. If you want something of a challenge then the Pointe de Nyon and Chamossiere runs are a good option, but there are also plenty of opportunities to hone your skills on straightforward descents, and chances to get expert ski instruction too.

Other wintry delights are available at various snow parks in the region. Here you can entertain yourself with half pipes for boarders, or get away from the slip and slide of the slopes altogether with some snowshoeing or ice diving.

Of course you don't just have to focus on winter activities during your stay. Why not try out a whole range of adventurous activities, from canyoning to paragliding. Morzine is a truly dual season resort,  and during the summer months,  proudly hosts three hundred and eighty kilometres of mountain biking trails, meaning you have access to some of the best biking routes in Europe, if not the world. If you're looking for something a little more sedate, you could always opt for golf or tennis.

Bars and restaurants

Depending on what you fancy, there are plenty of great places to enjoy in the evening in Morzine. For the late night crowd the Tibetan Bar or Cavern offer a perfect hideaway, while the Coupe de Cour wine bar is a great place to enjoy some more select drinks. Traditional French Cafés are a real joy, and it's great to see that there are some thriving examples that date back to the times before Morzine's success as a holiday and second home destination. You are spoilt for choice when it comes to French and Savoyarde food in Morzine, but there are also places to get great BBQ and pizza, so you won't find yourself hankering for less traditional fare.

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