The charming French village of Megève, in the Haute-Savoie region, is located near Mont Blanc and is considered one of the world’s most beautiful countryside destinations. Founded as a ski resort in the 1920s by Baroness Noémie de Rothschild, who wanted something different from the uber-popular St. Moritz, the village has remaining vestiges of its medieval roots. In sum, Megève wins the charm award, scoring high with its wonderful walks, good restaurants and local shops and quaint pedestrianized village.

Cheat Sheet

  • Sleep…in cozy alpine chic surroundings at the historic Les Fermes de Marie
  • Experience…fondue with views of the Megève village at Le Ferme du Joseph
  • Splurge…on a pair of the original ski pants from Aallard
  • Eat…regional French cuisine reimagined at the three-Michelin-starred Flocons de Sel
  • Drink…an après ski kir aperitif in the lobby bar at Le Lodge Park
  • Savor…gruyère and wild mushroom crêpes at Chez Maria
  • Visit…Mont Blanc and the surrounding area by small plane or helicopter
  • Shop…for hand-thrown and -painted pottery at the tiny shop Poterie Penelope
  • Know…that as an Indagare member you can contact our Bookings Team for customized recommendations, expert guides, special access and itineraries

Lay of the Land

Unlike many ski resorts, which are purpose-built, Megève is an authentic Savoyard village that is home to about 4,000 year-round residents. A profusion of little shops and wooden hotels, narrow stone streets and horse-drawn sleighs give this old town an allure lacking in other European ski resorts. So pretty is the central square that many out-of-towners are married in the St. Jean Baptiste church, recognizable by its green bronze dome and bell tower. At Christmas, a huge fir tree adorned with thousands of small lights and a cauldron full of glühwein and spices have pride of place in the central square. Santa Claus and a torchlight procession of ski instructors add to the festive mood. There are three main ski areas: Rochebrune-Côte 2000, Mont d’Arbois and Jaillet.

Getting There

Compared with Lech and Courchevel, Megève is relatively easy to get to. It’s about 43 miles from Geneva, and Chamonix is a 20-minute drive to the northeast. The latter can be visited for the day, and is recommended especially for hard-core skiers.

When to Go

Megève is most beautiful in the winter and summer months and some businesses, including hotels, are closed in the fall and spring.

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