A very good reason for coming to Vevey or Montreux is to explore the beautiful Lake Geneva. Would you like to board a ship to go shopping in Evian (France) or do you feel like celebrating the first of August off Pully? Or are you interested in visiting the Olympic museum in Lausanne? Do you want to admire the “jet d'eau” in Geneva’s harbour? These are only a few proposals. It is up to you to make the most of them!
For swimming and sunbathing in an idyllic setting, you'll find quiet pebble beaches and green parkland all along the Riviera. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon while splashing in the invigorating waters of Lake Geneva. There are about 20 natural beaches and access to them is free. Some suggestions: Jardin Doret - Vevey, Bains des Hommes - la Tour de Peilz, Bain des Dames - la Tour de Peilz, La Becque - la Tour de Peilz, La Grotte – Corseaux (they are all near Vevey) ; and Plage de Chillon - Veytaux, Port du Basset - Clarens, La Maladaire (near Montreux).
The hilly surroundings of the Vevey-Montreux area offer a good range of easy hikes. There is a huge choice for everyone's taste and ability, from footpaths through the mountains, vineyards, fields and forests, to the many flowered walks along the shores of Lake Geneva. Ask at the tourist office for the free map "Hiking Routes”.
Because of its mild and sunny climate the Riviera is a paradise for cycle touring.
Countryside and fresh air - up hill, down dale, through fields and forests, you can pedal away to your heart's content. You'll be amazed at the ground you can cover on 15 signposted bike paths through some of the region's most beautiful countryside. Or if you prefer to cycle on paved roads, the Vaudois Riviera and Rhone valley are ideal. You can rent a bike at the train stations.
Rochers-de-Naye, with its floral alpine garden, is a great one-day tour. You may walk up to the top (2,042 m/ 6,700 ft., approx. 3 1/2 hrs for good hikers), or take the scenic MOB railway, or the cogwheel train to “les Pléiades”, 1,300m of breathtaking views of the lake.