Flights to Megeve
Megeve is one of the many ski resorts of the Haute-Savoie in the Rhone-Alps region of south eastern France, but what sets Megeve apart from others is that this is one of the most beautiful ski resorts in the world.
A flight to Megeve will arrive at the Geneva International Airport (airport code: GVA), which is about an hour away by bus or airport shuttle. There are no non-stop flights to Megeve from South Africa, but many major airlines have 1-stop flights to Geneva that take around 15 hours when departing from Johannesburg. You’ll get to transfer in Munich with Lufthansa, or in London with British Airways. South African Airways also connects in Munich.
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The Tourist Attractions of Megeve:
Megeve is best known as a ski resort and is one of the older ski resorts in this region of the French Alps. The small town began to grow in the early 1900s when the famous Rothschild family started to spend their winter holidays here. This of course led to Megeve getting national and international recognition as it was more and more in the spotlight. By the 1950s it had grown into one of the most popular and affluent ski resorts in Europe, and even still today it has a very high class feel about it.
Megeve in the Summer
Though it is best known as a ski resort Megeve is popular throughout the summer too because it is such a beautiful place. The central square is usually fairly packed with tourists through the summer and winter, and you have all the usual opportunities for hiking and such in the surrounding mountains. Megeve has also become a popular summer golfing destination as there’s some great golf courses here.
Megeve in the Winter
Megeve’s central square is a lovely place in the winter, offering what you’d expect to find in an old-world traditional ski resort. You can enjoy a ride on a horse drawn carriage around the village, and take in the older buildings that still stand in Megeve today. There are cobbled streets and a 13th century church among other sights. There is also has an outdoor ice rink in the centre of Megeve.
Of course most tourists come here for the great skiing, and there’s plenty of it in Megeve. The town’s alpine skiing region is known as Domaine Evasion Mont-Blanc and includes not only Megeve but several ski resorts too. This gives you access to about 445 kilometres of ski slopes (221 actual slopes), including some of the best in Europe. There are 111 ski lifts to get you onto those slopes and there’s a good mix of difficulty ratings so that beginners to experts will have lots of fun in Megeve.
If you prefer cross country skiing or want to give it a go, there are also 18 cross country trails covering a total distance of 95 kilometres.
When Should You Visit?:
Megeve offers great snow to go with those great ski slopes during the winter and the peak season is between December and February though the actual season lasts longer than this. Being at elevation summers never get really warm in Megeve but the weather is pleasant and mild to warm all the same.