The Best Ways to Get Wet in Morzine!
Far from the gloves and woolly jumpers of winter, summer weather here in Morzine calls for suncream, bucket hats and shorts. There are few better ways to enjoy the rays – and entertain the kids – than splashing around at one of the valley’s beautiful swimming spots. Morzine and the surrounding area has a huge variety of ways to enjoy a dip, so grab your trunks or cozzie and jump straight in!
Places to swim in Morzine
Outdoor Lakes and Aquaparks
Fed by crystal waters which run straight off the mountains, the lakes in both Montriond and Les Gets are accessible, family friendly, and tremendously beautiful.
Montriond Lake is one of the most picturesque spots in the whole of the valley. It’s framed by trees and high cliffs, and offers enchanting views of Roc d’Enfer as it casts its imposing reflection on the surface of the lake. The lake is popular for swimming and watersports such as kayaking and stand up paddle boarding, and also has a variety of great places to eat and drink. It’s the perfect spot to swim, play or just sit and watch the world go by.
The swimming lake in Les Gets is also a great place for families to spend the day; with a variety of activities in addition to the lake itself. Volleyball courts, ping pong tables and play areas make it a difficult place to get bored! Our favourite, however, is the WiBit water park – a huge inflatable obstacle course designed for kids and adults alike. For buckets of fun, we recommend you leave your dignity on the shore and embrace the Blob – an inflatable human catapult!
If you’re staying a little longer and have access to a car, we recommend taking a trip to Lac Leman – AKA Lake Geneva. Thonon is the closest place to access the lake, with many free beaches such as Amphion, Sciez or Port De Sechez. Practise those SUP skills, or channel some seaside vibes and hire a pedalo!
Wild swimming and waterfalls
Our absolute favourite way to enjoy swimming in the mountains is wild swimming. We can’t give away all of our secret spots, but there are a few well-known places that are well worth a visit.
Seytroux is located just outside Morzine and offers some beautiful opportunities for paddling in the river. There are also some lovely walks along this stretch, and even a mini golf if you’re feeling competitive after all that fresh-water basking.
There are also a fair few waterfalls that are easily accessible within the valley, which are the perfect place to refresh after a hike in the mountains. Cascade de Ardent and Brocheaux waterfalls are stunning, and can be accessed by a reasonably easy, yet breath-takingly beautiful walk. The beautiful Cascade de Nyon is very easy to access via a 2 minute gentle upwards walk from the Nyon parking area located 2km from Morzine. This is a great choice with young kids, and has a cute restaurant tucked away at the top in the trees, as well as a fantastic tree rope course that takes climbers of all ages over the waterfall. For more adventure, try canyoning through the gorge (both activities are offered by Cascade Adventure).
If you have access to a car and a penchant for a waterfall, Sixt Fer à Cheval is the place for you. Even if waterfalls aren’t your thing, they will be once you’ve witnessed this impressive force of nature in Sixt. A forty-five minute drive through the scenic mountains, it’s a designated area of natural beauty. Hike through the nature reserve and marvel at the scale, beauty and variation of these enchanting natural features. Its unique horse shoe-shaped valley creates stunning natural architecture, with huge waterfalls cascading down sheer rock faces.
For some old-fashioned family fun, or for those of you wanting to hit the lanes for a water workout, the swimming complex in Morzine centre has everything you need. Indoors, you’ll find a 25m sports pool and two smaller learning pools for kids. Outside offers an Olympic-sized pool, a large water slide, and a beautiful terrace for sunbathing and picnics. On top of this, the centre also hosts a range of other fun activities such as volleyball, a bouncy castle, table tennis and a children’s climbing frame. It’s so much more than just a swimming pool, and admission is included with a Portes du Soleil Multi pass.
Another unmissable stop is Aquariaz in Avoriaz. Bursting with plants, trees and natural light, Aquariaz is the closest you’ll get to a tropical paradise in the Alps. This is a great place for families as you can all find exactly what you seek. From water slides and climbing walls to fairy pools, raging rapids to tranquil jacuzzis, there is something here for all ages.
For more ideas on what to do during your summer stay here, check out our summer 2023 blog post. We also have a stunning range of self-catered chalets, perfectly located for summer fun and complete with beautiful views, barbeques and lovely outdoor seating areas.
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