Annecy is a popular all-year-round holiday destination for French and overseas tourists. This picturesque town is located in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France on the northern tip of Lake Annecy in the French Alps, and is a one hour drive from Geneva. A city of art with a magnificent architectural harmony, the beauty of Annecy inspired the great artist Paul Cezanne’s famous painting, Le Lac Bleu.
EXPLORE THE PICTURESQUE OLD TOWN
Annecy is also known as the Venice of France. Wandering the overcrossing narrow passages and canals in the old town is the greatest joy of Annecy. Annecy’s most recognisable façade, the Palais de l'Île, is often described as a ‘house in the shape of a ship’, and has previously been a prison, a courthouse and an administrative centre. It is an original structure, the oldest parts of which date from the 12th century. The Palais de l'Île, located on a narrow islet, divides the Canal du Thious in two. The canals are lined by colourful Piedmontese-style buildings and bright flower boxes. This exquisite scene will make you fall in love with this small French town. You will also find a range of quaint bars, restaurants and boutiques nestled in arcaded streets and alleys.
A PLEASANT WALK ALONG LAKE ANNECY
The pristine Lake Annecy, one of the largest lakes in France, sits among snow-capped mountains and is known as the cleanest lake in Europe. Lake Annecy offers eye-catching scenes from every angle. Taking a pleasant walk along the Pont des Amours (‘Lovers’ Bridge’) is a delightful way to spend a day. Locals believe that if two lovers kiss on the bridge, they will stay together forever. There are also two beaches facing Lake Annecy, bordered by large grass areas and hosting snack bars and restaurants with dedicated facilities for young ones which are great places to take a break with children.