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 by road ski resorts.
Semnoz is around 20 minute's drive. There are also well renowned ski resorts within 45 minute's drive.
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.
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
Peak Retreats features self-catered apartments and the prestigious Imperial Palace Hotel in Annecy.
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Lake Annecy ski facts:
- No. of slopes: 6
- Green slopes: 0