Cheap flights to Geneva
With an old town ripe for exploring, full of winding cobblestone streets, gothic cathedrals and ancient city walls, Geneva has the historic charm that you would expect from any Swiss city. And being at the foot of the Alps, it also has a natural beauty that is hard to beat. Think lakeside promenades, parks and cafes complete with snow-capped mountains and you get the picture. But don’t go thinking this city is all history and no buzz. You’ll be hard pushed to find a more cosmopolitan place in Europe.
Geneva is home to international organisations such as the Red Cross and United Nations, to name a few, and is a modern city full of upmarket restaurants and hotels, with a nightlife that is more pumping than you’d expect. Rooftop cocktail bars, lakeside terraces, live music haunts and techno blaring dance clubs are all here catering to Geneva’s diverse population.
Take advantage of Geneva's summer cycle-hire scheme Genève Roule to hire a bike for four hours for free. The lakefront makes for a picturesque, and flat, cycle path, or head further afield to explore the pretty Italianesque suburb of Carouge on two wheels. geneveroule.ch
There's a party atmosphere on the lakefront on 14-15 June as more than 500 boats take to Lake Geneva for the Bol d'Or Mirabaud sailing regatta. Competitors race the length of the lake (123km) from Geneva to Le Bouveret, with thousands of spectators lining the shores. boldormirabaud.com
This month music stars from all over the world, representing many musical styles, descend on Montreux for the annual Jazz Festival. Even if you don't have a ticket, you can soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the town's tropical micro-climate. montreuxjazz.com