Chamonix might be some way from the sea, but you can get the ‘Riviera feel’ within about an hours drive of the town itself – Evian on Lac Leman (Lake Geneva).
We have travelled up the valley and crossed over the Forclas pass into Switzerland to visit the Aqua Parc on the edge of Lac Leman in the Chablais region of Switzerland many a time. Its an annual must for the kids as it has indoor and outdoor swimming, an ‘adults only area’ with gym and a picnic beach. We try to choose a hot day, but there is plenty to do indoors with all its flumes if it’s a bid inclement.
Any way when we were driving home last year we thought we’d follow the route around the lake and take the more windy country route up through Morzine, Les Gets. We were pleasantly surprised to drive through a number of beautiful lake side villages so when we came to the edge of Evian-Les-Bains we decided to stop for tea. The sun was setting, lights were twinkling and the mountain backdrop set the ambiance off beautifully. The food from the Logis we ate complimented it well.
Next year our trip to the lake we’ll make sure we take in a lot more of Evian as I’m told its beautiful.