Do you want to organize your next vacation in the Haute Savoie? Consider renting a hotel or holiday home near Lake Annecy. And what about camping? With both you can discover the thousand facets of the lake, the activities, the animations and the visits around the lake and the surrounding villages.
Villages that are worth the detour
North of Lake Annecy lies the old center of Annecy and the famous canals. On the right bank you can visit Menthon Saint Bernard and its castle that dominates the lake, Veyrier and its belvedere. On the left bank you have Saint-Jorioz, Sevrier and Duingt. At the end of the lake you can visit the nature reserve and the belvedere of the Roc de Chère. A few kilometers away you will find the sources of Lake Annecy in Faverges.
Nautical activities for all tastes
The beaches of Lake Annecy are perfect for relaxing. You can also enjoy swimming or other water sports such as windsurfing, diving and water skiing. You can also rent a boat to discover the lake with your family or take a cruise with your loved one or with friends. Various circuits are offered to discover the wonders around the lake and to visit the marinas of the region.
Lake Annecy and its surroundings can also be explored by bicycle. There you will find a 33 km long Greenway that connects the city with Ugine. You walk along the western shore of the lake to get there. It is also possible to go around the lake for the more athletic. Then there are two 18-hole golf courses particularly located in Talloires and Giez, with a breathtaking view of the lake. But it is more impressive to discover the lake from the air thanks to tandem, paragliding or hang-gliding flights. It is also possible to experiment with activities at height, such as via ferrata and climbing to discover the lake. If you come with your family, your children will be blinded by the bridges, lianas and zip lines in Talloires. If you are staying at an Annecy campsite near Lake Annecy, you and your children can choose a mobile home with every comfort or a pitch for your tent or caravan. Better yet, you can take advantage of the facilities of a camping Annecy such as Campingideal.com/fr/ in Annecy. You and your children can enjoy the swimming pool, the water park, the water slide and the recreational area.
A heritage that must be visited
The city of Annecy also flourishes with incredible heritage. For example, around Lake Annecy you can visit the castle of Menthon Saint Bernard on the right bank. The castle has a library with more than 12,000 volumes prior to the French Revolution. In Sevrier, on the left bank, you can visit the Bell Museum dedicated exclusively to the Paccard Foundry. Also visit the eco-museum of Lake Annecy, which contains the daily life of Savoyards in the 19th century. Then depart to explore the Thiou, a natural spur of the lake that traverses the entire city. On both sides of this weir you will find docks and many bridges.
The best places to view the city
If you want to embrace the city and the lake at a glance, see the most beautiful panoramas in the region, go to the Col de la Forclaz viewpoint. It is located above Talloires at an altitude of 1150 m. Then go to Veyrier du lac and take the small path that leads to Mont Veyrier. At the top you have a bird's eye view of Annecy and the lake. The view is fantastic with the other peaks that frame the city, such as the Bauges peaks and the Entrevernes mountain.