Beauty abounds in Annecy, a small town located in the Rhône-Alpes region of France. It is located on the northern shores of Lake Annecy, the third-largest lake in France and one of the most pristine in Europe. Annecy offers the amenities and conveniences of a modern city along with the quaintness and charm of a medieval town.
Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy a wide range of activities that are easily accessible from town. There are ample vendors that rent kayaks and various types of boats. A multi-purpose paved trail surrounds a large portion of the lake, making running and cycling extremely safe. While swimming in the lake is highly recommended, there is also a 50-meter outdoor public pool that has a stunning view of the lake and the surrounding mountains.
There are many smaller towns along the shores of the lake, each unique and worthy of exploration by bike, foot or car. Talloires is a small commune of the eastern shore with a resort-like feel. North of Talloires is the Roc de Chère Nature Reserve, offering splendid hikes and opportunities for cliff jumping into the lake. Across the lake sits the town of Duingt, its distinguishing feature being the chateau-topped island of Roselet .
To the east of Lake Annecy lies the prealp region known as the Bornes. This area offers a variety of hiking, camping, backpacking and mountaineering opportunities within a short drive from downtown Annecy. The Refuge du Parmelan provides accommodations and events during the summer months, and spectacular views of the Haute-Savoie region all-year round.
Annecy’s prime location makes it easily accessible from Lyon and Geneva. And while it’s worthy of a trip by itself, Albertville, Chamonix and the Alps are not more than an hour’s drive away.