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Annecy, The Lakes
Mountaineering, Climbing
Cycle tracks along the shores of the lake. Dinghy & pleasure boat sailing, Swimming, Canoeing, Pedaloes, Fishing, waters skiing, parapenting. Solo or guided walks. Golf (3 courses).

Driving distance from Calais to Annecy 511 miles or 7hrs25

Resort Info

An idyllic setting, close to Switzerland and Italy, the city is located in a deep gorge on the Thiou river at the northern end of Lake Annecy. Within easy reach of the mountains of the Chaîne des Aravis and the plains of Albanais, the location has many assets; The magnificent Lac d'Annecy; the Thiou, an industrial route that is now a tourist attraction; the great unspoilt forest of Le Semnoz; the beautiful nature reserve of the Roc de Chère; the extensive Plaine des Fins, which has allowed the town to expand unhindered.


Annecy is often called the French Venice. Its beautiful medieval old town is intersected by small canals and flower decked quays. The 12 century Palais de l’Isle is an island fortress in the River Thiou which was once a prison has splendid views of the old town. The bustling streets, delightful street cafés where you can watch the world go by and interesting shops make it a superb place to relax. Annecys local market is held on Tuesday in Rue Ste-Claire.


Organised boat excursions in Annecy are a very relaxing way to discover the lake and see the alpine mountains from a different angle and take you all around the lake. For more active people pleasure boats, dinghies, windsurfers and pedalos can be hired. The nearby Semnoz mountains have a vast mountain nature reserve providing excellent opportunities for ramblers and hikers. A little further is the Bauges Natural Regional Parc and the Aravis mountain range where many more mountain itineraries are available for walkers and bikers.


Golf enthusiasts can enjoy 3 courses to suit all standards and enjoying fabulous views.


The water temperature of the lake in the summer reaches up to 24C. The main beaches of the lake are supervised during the summer.


Menthon-Saint-Bernard (altitude: 492m)


The village is located on the sunniest bank of the lake, 5 miles from the historic centre of Annecy. Shops in the village offer all facilities including pharmacy, cash point, mini-market (open till 8pm) 


The opportunities of mountain activities are numerous: from walking itineraries - le Roc de Chère, le col de la Forclaz, la Tournette (alt. 2 351m) - to paragliding, canyoning, via ferrata, etc.., or simply enjoying the popular cycling Tour du Lac.


Virtual Visit

View here for 360 views of Annecy – Annecy town(1) & Annecy tow(2) & Annecy town (3) (hold down the left click of your mouse and drag left right up and down whilst still holding on the left click button to move 360 degree)


Places of interest in Annecy

·          The lovely lakeside village of Menthon with its fairytale castle

·          Benedictine Monastry at Talloires on the east shore of the lake

·          The impressive Alpine Garden at Semnoz

·          Many boat trips and excursions run from the esplanade and marinas to experience the best view of the lakes, surrounding mountains, and lakeside villages.


Interested in buying an apartment in Annecy? See our Buying in the Alps section 


View below for Annecy webcam


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Opening Dates

Annecy is open all year round.


Child Care

·          Several kids club

·          Animal parks

·          Miniature Golf

·          Leisure park

·          Skate park



Annecy Markets

On the last Saturday of every month, in Annecy’s Old Town, from 9am to 7pm, a large second-hand market takes place... What’s more, it’s accompanied by the “Art Market” and “Creators’ Market” where many regional artists come to display their work. 


Since the Middle-Ages, the Old Town of Annecy with its arcade streets has been a place for trade and commerce, in particular for foodstuffs from the surrounding countryside and mountains. This tradition is alive and well even today and you can see it being acted out especially for tourists on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays throughout the year between 8 am and noon.

ANNECY (Old Town) . . . morning
ANNECY (Maison de l’Agriculture) . . . morning
ANNECY (Place des Romains) . . . all day
DUINGT . . . 4pm -8pm (in summer)
ANNECY (Place de la Mandallaz) . . . morning
ANNECY-LE-VIEUX (Les Pommaries). . .morning
MEYTHET. . .morning
SEYNOD. . . morning
SEVRIER. . . morning
ANNECY (Quartier Novel). . . morning
CRAN-GEVRIER (Chorus). . . morning
TALLOIRES. . . morning (from June to September)
SAINT-JORIOZ. . . morning
ANNECY (Vieille Ville). . . morning
ANNECY-LE-VIEUX (Petit Brogny). . . 5pm-8pm end of April to end of September
ARGONAY. .. 3.30pm-7pm
VEYRIER -DU-LAC. . . morning
ANNECY (Boulevard Taine).. . morning
EPAGNY. . . morning
SEYNOD (Vieugy). . . morning
ANNECY (Old town) .. . morning
ANNECY (Quartier Les Teppes). . . morning
CRAN-GEVRIER (Place de l’Etale). . . morning

Annecy Golf
- Golf Club de Lac d’Annecy, Talloires.
Tel: 00 33 4 50 60 12 89
18 holes, length 5008m, par 69.
Open: All year except Christmas holiday.
Superb panoramic view in the immediate vicinity of Lake Annecy over a protected nature reserve.

- Golf de Giez, Lac d’Annecy.
Tel: 00 33 4 50 44 48 41 (18 holes)
00 33 4 50 32 51 40 (9 holes)
18 holes, length 5820m, par 72.
9 holes, length 2250m, par 33. Open: All year.
Two play site, with panoramic views over the upper part of Lake Annecy. Flat course landscaped with stretches of water.

Annecy Paragliding
Tandem Flights: Fly with our professional team!
From the Col de la Forclaz and above Lake Annecy you can choose from different kind of flights
57 route de Chevaline
74210 Doussard
0033 04 50 52 50 13
0033 06 25 98 31 26

Annecy Hot air balloon flights
Les Compagnie des Ballons
Discover a breath taking view of Annecy Lake and the Aravis mountains in total tranquility and security in a hot air balloon with La Compagnie des Ballons. As specialists of hot air balloon mountain flights, the pilots propose flights of discovery, just for you, with your family or friends. La Compagnie des Ballons propose different types of flights, from maiden to long flights, with the possibility to reserve a flight just for yourself. For a birthday, a party, a retirement farewell or just for the fun of it, you can offer someone a hot air balloon flight voucher. La Compagnie is open all year round. Take-off is from the banks of Annecy Lake and from La Clusaz.

NEW! Hot Air Balloon ride and wine tasting: for individuals or small groups of 8 people, the Companies des Ballons organises fabulous ride in the sky of Savoie Mont Blanc over Lake Annecy with a wine specialist. Wine tasting on board.

45 route de Sasserot
74330 La Balme-de-Sillingy
0033 04 50 63 38 10

Annecy Rafting 

Essaonia – Rivieres du Monde
White water activities: rafting, kayaking, hydrospeed, canorafting and sea kayaking trip, for beginners and advanced people.
Rue du Bel Air
74000 Annecy
0033 04 79 54 02 21
0033 (0)6 63 08 30 16

Wakeboarding, wakesurfing, water ski
Ecole De Ski Nautique Jean-Louis Fontaine
Ski, mono, wakeboard, wakesurf
Special boat equiped with tower, barre for beginners, water ballast.
State qualified instructor
21 chemin de la Roche
74290 Talloires
0033 (0)6 11 46 09 51
0033 (0)4 50 60 71 94

Annecy Rowing
Aviron de Sevrier
Short (3-4) sessions, training courses
429 route des Mongets
Espace Emile Mogli
74320 Sevrier
0033 (0)4 50 52 61 77
0033 (0)6 77 07 03 54

Annecy Canoe/Kayak
Canoë-kayak Club d’Annecy
Base nautique des Marquisats - Annecy
Tel. +33 (0)4 50 45 03 98

Annecy Diving
Annecy Plongée
6 rue des Marquisats - Annecy
Tel. +33 (0)4 50 45 40 97

Annecy Boat hire
Cercle de Voile de Sevrier
Sailing for all. Located in the Sevrier Port the Cercle de Voile provides sailing for all people. Sailing on lake Annecy is one of the most original pleasant and ecologic way to discover surrounding mountains and landscape. Rent boat and windsurf, lessons with graduate instructors, label "Ecole Française de Voile".
134 route du Port
74320 Sevrier
0033 (0)4 50 52 40 04
0033 (0)4 50 52 40 04

Annecy Mountaineering/ Climbing
Bureau des Guides Monte Medio
The Mountain Guide Office Monté Médio proposes a selection of mountain and outdoor activities for individuals, groups and companies. All inclusive, excursions, seminaries, team building.
Canyoning, rafting, via ferrata, paragliding, Mountaineering / Climbing, Via ferrata, Adventure forest, Alpine skiing, Snowshoe hike, Summits on skis, Ice climbing, Bicycle / Mountain bike / Gyropode Segway, package tours.
Angon - Espace Lac
74290 Talloires
0033 (0)6 12 13 05 30
0033 (0)4 50 27 76 85

Annecy Via Ferrata
Bureau des Guides Monte Medio
The Mountain Guide Office Monté Médio proposes a selection of mountain and outdoor activities for individuals, groups and companies. All inclusive, excursions, seminaries, team building.
Canyoning, rafting, via ferrata, paragliding, Mountaineering / Climbing, Via ferrata, Adventure forest, Alpine skiing, Snowshoe hike, Summits on skis, Ice climbing, Bicycle / Mountain bike / Gyropode Segway, package tours.
Angon - Espace Lac
74290 Talloires
0033 (0)6 12 13 05 30
0033 (0)4 50 27 76 85

Alpes Sport Nature – Takamaka
Specialised in outdoor sports for over 17 years, we are located in the city centre of Annecy and welcome you all year round. We offer you a wide variety of outdoor activities such as: Paragliding, Balloon, Sailboard, Sailing, Water skiing / Wakeboard, Canoeing / Kayak, Rafting, Canyoning, Trekking, Mountaineering / Climbing,
Via ferrata, Track cycling, Bicycle / Roller rentals, Snowshoe hike, Summits on skis, Dog sledges, Equipment rentals, Bicycle / Mountain bike / Gyropode Segway,
Stand Up Paddle.
23 faubourg Sainte Claire
74000 Annecy
0033 (0)4 50 45 60 61

Annecy Bike hire
Le Conty
Le Conty proposes to you a large choice of road bikes, racing bikes, children bikes, tandems, trailers and third wheels to discover the beauty of the cycling track along Annecy lake or the roads of Haute-Savoie, by yourself or in family. Baby seat and helmet for free.

141 route de Monnetier
74410 Saint-Jorioz
0033 (0)4 50 68 52 09

Annecy Cycling
Promenade cyclable du lac d'Annecy
The cycle path is a real link between Annecy, the left bank and the south of the lake. It connects towns with "feet in the water" to its Savoyard neighbours. It offers beautiful landscapes, with views on the lake and mountains. The cycle path of lake Annecy, one of the most popular in France, is situated on the former railroad connecting Annecy to Albertville. Nowadays, 36 km with no technical difficulty, are accessible to everyone. It can also be the opportunity to discover side streets and passes in the surroundings.
0033 04 50 45 00 33

Annecy Mountain Biking

Pays de Filière
Near Lake Annecy and the Massif des Aravis, Pays de Filiere offers cyclists the chance to weave through stunning scenery and small traditional French villages. This type of mountain biking is suitable for all ages and abilities.
Halfway between Lake Annecy and Lake Bourget, L’Albanais offers 234km of mountain bike trails for all levels passing through orchards, next to rivers and through traditional settlements and farms.

Annecy Swimming pools
Piscine des Marquisats
29 rue des marquisats -Annecy
Tel. +33 (0)4 50 33 65 40
(Open from May to September)

Menthon-Saint-Bernard Castle
Tél. +33 (0)4 50 60 12 05
Lived in since the 11th century by the same family, built from the 11th to 19th, it has kept its rich historic furniture and decoration.
Costume displays on weekends and Public Holidays.

Annecy Cruising
Cie des Bateaux du lac Annecy
Boat trips are available all-year round. The boat stops at all the villages on the lake so you can get on and off as you please.
There are cruises with running commentaries, restaurant boats, sailing or motor boats etc
Compagnie des Bateaux - Place aux Bois - Annecy
Tel. +33 (0)4 50 51 08 40 - Fax. +33 (0)4 50 51 80 94

Bateaux Dupraz
From March 31st to November 12th. Exceptional boat cruises around the lake on board of "L'Arc en Ciel" (30 passengers) and classic 1930s mahogany boats (12 passengers). The captain welcomes you on board and comments in French and English cruises from 35min to 1hr15min. Enjoy a memorable, relaxing experience on authentic boats offering you a charming and friendly welcome. Personalised private cruises are available upon request for family celebrations or corporate hospitality. Credit cards accepted.
Face à l'Ile des Cygnes
Jardins de l'Europe
74000 Annecy
0033 06 87 73 22 40

Butterfly and insect museum
Le Château - 293 chemin de la Vie Plaine
Tél. +33 (0)4 50 44 40 18
With more than 4500 butterflies and insects from the 5 continents, this is the only museum of its type in Savoie and Haute-Savoie.
Opening dates: all year round.

All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All prices for activities are in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally in resort.

Annecy Tourist Office
Bonlieu, 1 rue Jean Jaurès
74000 Annecy

Phone: +33 (0)4 50 45 00 33
Fax: +33 (0)4 50 51 87 20


Mon-Sat: 09h30 - 12h30, except Tues: 14h00 - 18h30 



A fabulous variety of restaurants and bars spread out across Annecy. Try the cobbled streets in the old town for some traditional charm overlooking the small canals that flow through the medieval old town.


Bruno Bozzer, the owner of the excellent wine shop La Java des Flacons in Annecy is opening a wine bar, L’Enoteca de la Java.
30 different types of wine will be available by the glass with some delicious small plates of food: oysters, Italian anti-pasti, wild salmon…



By Road: Driving distance from Calais to Annecy 817km (approx 7hrs30)

From Calais follow the A26/E15 in the direction of Lens/Arras and then Reims. Take the exit marked Reims-Tinqueux, Châlons-en-Champagne, Metz, Nancy, Strasbourg & Lyon. Follow the A4/E50, then the E17 towards Châlons-en-Champagne. Take the exit marked Saint-Gibrien, Châlons-en-Champagne, Troyes & Lyon. Continue on the E17 then the A26/E17 towards Troyes. Next take the A40 towards Bourg-en-Bresse/Annecy and take exit 11 to Annecy.


Access to Annecy by motorway.

- From Marseille, Lyon or Chambéry : A41 exit Annecy Sud.

- From Paris, Geneva, Bourg-en-Bresse, Chamonix or Italy via Mont Blanc tunnel: A41 exit Annecy Nord.

New direct motorway from Annecy to Geneva opened since December 2008.

Access to Annecy by National Road.

- From Albertville or Bourg-en-Bresse : D1508.

- From Geneva or Chambéry : D1201.

- From Chamonix or Italy: D1203.

Distance from Annecy to…

- Albertville: 50km. - Chambéry : 50km. - Chamonix : 105km.

- Grenoble : 107km. - La Clusaz : 33km. - Le Grand Bornand : 33km.

- Lyon: 140km. - Marseille: 425km. - Paris: 550km.

- Geneva: 47km.


By Rail: TGV to Annecy from Paris.


Airports: Geneva 50km

For further information on car parking, transfers, etc: (then select Transportation in menu)

or Lyon Saint-Exupery 125 km


Daily flights from Paris to Annecy - Meythet airport, located 6km from Annecy city centre, link by SIBRA bus n°6.

Annecy is located 50 km away from Geneva international airport

Direct link between Annecy and Geneva airport by coach.

Transport to Annecy by train and bus.

You can also take a taxi.

Segways, Annecy

Original city tours and its neighborhood: old town, free ride in the surroundings mountains... Segway: an unique way to discover Annecy...Dare the unusual!

April to June: Sat, Sun. & holidays from 10am to 6pm; July and August: every day from 10am to 7pm
8 place aux Bois
74000 Annecy
Phone: 0033 4 56 20 40 47


Airport Transfer

Pre-book your taxi transfer with Peak Retreats

From Geneva or Chambery Airport to Annecy (Duingt/Giez) – from £37-£48 per person return based on 4 people sharing. 

Resort News


Events in Annecy 2015





International Film Festival

Several countries meet here to elect the best animation film of the year, in different categories, from short film to feature film.


Check out the latest animated gems, find out about current and future trends, meet up with your favourite film directors and up-and-coming talents, track down new associates and partners. There are a number of theatres in and around Annecy screening Festival films from 10 am to 11 pm.
Each evening at 10:15 pm, there is also a screening on the giant screen on the Pâquier lawn (free to all).


The International Animation Film Market (Mifa).
Don't miss the animation industry's foremost showcase in terms of co-producing, purchasing, selling, financing and distributing animation content for all broadcasting platforms.
The Mifa is held in over 4,000 m2 of exhibition space and welcomes 470 international exhibitors.
Located at L'Impérial Palace, the exhibitors' market is open from 9 am to 7 pm with the visiting professionals' market open between 9:30 am and 7 pm.

15th June - 20th June 2015

Noctibules - Annecy

Discover 4 evenings of fun and shows, livened up by around thirty company and some 60 representations! Every year in July, discover a program involving street theater, forrain theater, aerial showl, circus, humour and brass band... The artists express themselves by the lake or along canals…

Free access to the shows. From 9pm to midnight.

15th - 18th July 2015
A new section of the cycle pathway that goes around Lake Annecy is due to be completed by the summer of 2014 from Annecy le Vieux to Chavoires. This will allow cyclists to make a circuit of the lake (which is 40 km all the way around). The final section is due to be finished in 2017.

Other Accommodation In: Annecy

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Les Chataigniers
Apartments. Sleeps 2-6
Outdoor Pools
In the village of Saint-Jorioz, 10km south of Annecy centre and 2.5km from the lake.

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Le Royal
3* Apartments. Sleeps 2-4
Close to Lake
Le Royal enjoys an ideal location on the edge of the old town of Annecy, a short walk (200m) from the lake.

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Imperial Palace
Prestigious Hotel
Overlooks Lake
An exceptional setting on the shore of Lake Annecy, L’ Imperial palace is the most prestigious hotel of the area.

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Abbaye de Talloires New to our programme
Sleeps 2
The award-winning Abbaye de Talloires is probably the best known hotel in the Savoie region, and certainly one of the most highly regarded in France.
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