Ask someone to describe the classic Alpine ski resort, and the chances are you’ll get something approaching Megève. Sitting serenely at the foot of Mont Blanc, this pretty village of cobbled streets, designer boutiques, fur coats and stylish bars has more than a hint of James Bond about it. As you sit on the beautiful central square with a hot chocolate, watching fashionable young Parisians and their bejewelled, ageing grandparents float past, you could easily imagine 007 in his element here.
Originally developed in the 1920s by the Rothschild family as a French alternative to the famous ski resorts of Austria and Switzerland, Megève has retained its old-fashioned charm and is certainly one of the best-looking ski resorts you’ll ever come across. Unlike other French resorts, there is also a noticeable absence of British accents among its cosmopolitan atmosphere.
An easy 20-minute drive from La Giettaz, with plenty of parking available in two underground car-parks at either side of the village centre, it’s an attractive place to spend an afternoon or an evening. There are some excellent restaurants (the village currently has 6 Michelin stars) and some seriously expensive shops (the windows are always free though…), not to mention a casino, a cinema (occasionally showing films in English) and a large sports centre with an ice rink, indoor and outdoor swimming pools with various spa facilities, tennis courts, a climbing wall and a well-equipped gym.
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