Annecy is one of those towns that looks like it’s come straight out of a movie. The backdrop of the snow-capped alps set against green pastures and the brightest turquoise blue water is surreal. A popular holiday destination for the French and Swiss, Annecy has endless outdoor activities that will keep you going all summer long. Unfortunately, we only got to enjoy it for a couple of days but nevertheless it was pure bliss.
Annecy is located 35 kilometres from Geneva, but it is just inside the border of France. Situated on the northern tip of Lac d’Annecy (the lake), it is well known not only for it’s natural beauty but for the canals that run through the medieval town.
We suggest joining an afternoon boat tour that will take you around the lake so you can gaze out at all the beautiful homes along the shoreline. It is also a great way to get a quick history lesson of the area and tips from the locals. Or jump on your bicycle and explore the town and lake on two wheels. With over 70 kilometres of designated bicycle tracks, you can go from beach to beach along the lakeside or go uphill into the alps (if you’re fit enough)!
And if you’re water lovers like us, you might enjoy hiring a paddleboat and taking yourself out to the middle of the lake where you can jump into the purest water in Europe and sun bake on the back platform.
But if you prefer a more relaxing route, then spend day lounging by the water, going for a swim, or strolling through the town and spending some of that well earned travel money. We happened to stumble upon a farmer’s market one morning which had the most delicious summer fruits like berries and nectarines, but also local delicacies like nougat.
Getting There: We caught the direct train from Paris and it was so easy. Once you arrive in Annecy it is only a short walk to the old town.
Where to Stay: La Galerie a Part. This studio apartment is amazing – right in the middle of the old town, great size with facilities and the best part is the free use of the two bicycles!
Where to Eat: There is a abundance of cafes along the canals, but since we spent most of our days out exploring we would just pick up a few things from the bakery in the morning and that would last us through until dinner.