Lake Annecy Holidays

A beautiful lake with charming villages and historical Annecy

Not only is it one of the prettiest lakes around, but Lake Annecy is also “Europe’s cleanest lake” due to the very early introduction of environmental regulations in the 1960s. Famously painted in oil on canvas by Cézanne in 1896, the lake lies at the foothills of the French Alps and has a rich local history from both before and after the unification of the local region of Savoy with France in 1860.

As well as the spectacular lakes and mountains scenery, the area is well known for its local cuisine including its cheeses, its fish such as Omble Chevalier and Féra, and its chocolate, especially the mountain liqueur-based Roseau.

With a relaxing lakeside setting on the eastern shores of Lake Annecy, Talloires and its medieval architecture became increasingly popular with well-known artists and writers and is now a lovely, laid-back village resort and an ideal base from which to explore the area.

Getting around the lake is also a relaxing experience in itself, with the local boat calling at the lakeside villages and the Old Town of Annecy. 

  • from£629pp
  • 32 rooms
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A long standing Inghams favourite and a real home-from-home, this very popular hotel is set in lovely gardens overlooking the lake, just a short walk from the beach in the delightful hamlet of Angon, just 2 miles from Talloires and now connected by a new cycle track.

  • from£1284pp
  • 35 rooms
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Exceptionally well located in the heart of Talloires bay, Le Cottage is a charming, traditional, beautifully furnished hotel.

  • from£729pp
  • 38 rooms
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This village de vacances is great value for money on full board with wine and coffee included, and lunch can be taken as a picnic. It's perfect for families and those looking for plenty of activities in a beautiful location. Perched on the side of the lake in pretty village of Menthon, a quiet area around the bay from Talloires (and a pedestrian zone during the summer), the property sells itself on its location.

  • from£869pp
  • 104 rooms
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Beautiful property with a wealth of history located on the north of Lake Annecy. The elegant traditional hotel has a fabulous location, situated right on the lake, only a short walking distance away from the town and boats.

  • from£659pp
  • 95 rooms
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Hotel Le Pelican is a new lakeside hotel, just a 5 minutes walk from Annecy town centre.

Useful Information
Information about Lake Annecy
Resort Code FRAN
Languages spoken French
Time difference GMT +1
Currency EUR
Latitude 45.8493349
Longitude 6.1106383
Travel and Transportation

Wednesday and Saturday flights to Geneva from

  • Gatwick
  • Heathrow
  • Luton
  • Bristol
  • Manchester
  • Liverpool
  • Edinburgh

Transfer Approx. 1hr by coach.

Car hire available: No

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: No

Resort Ski bus available: No

Things To Do

Discover the history of the area

Visit the town of Annecy, known as the 'Venice of the Alps', its canals, the old town and historical churches. The most famous buildings are the Palais de l’Isle and the Basilique de la Visitation above Old Annecy with a free exhibition of bells (from mid-May onwards).

The area was also associated with the French Resistance, the British agent Odette operated locally and the story of the Plateau de Glières, where resistance fighters were based and there was a big battle is told in the Resistance Museum.

The village of Talliores on the Eastern side of the lake was built around an 11th century abbey. The most well known castles in the area were built by the Dukes of Savoy including Annecy, Menthon-Saint-Bernard and Montrottier.

Great for cycling

There's a flat cycle path around Lake Annecy and this scenic ride follows the outline of the lake with fantastic views across glistening water towards pretty villages, castles and mountain peaks. The path also goes along to Albertville on an old rail track.

Love nature

Visit the Bout de lac Nature reserve and follow the trail through the woodland, meadows and marshes, and there's even an old tower giving an elevated view. The paths in the hills around Talloires offer great intermediate hiking and a chance to discover Alpine nature at it's best. Visit the Cascade d’Angon waterfall (30mins walk above Talloires Village) and the Roc de Chère Nature Reserve

Sightseeing

It is worth going to Annecy and catching the market on Fridays. Talloires also has a local market on Thursdays (19 June to 26 Sept).

Roc de Chere Nature Reserve and Menthon Saint Bernard

This impressive promontory above Talloires bay does not immediately look accessible for walkers, but it has trails throughout, a golf course, and a restaurant! A day out exploring the Roc de Chere and Menthon Saint Bernard is a great way to spend a day of your holiday. Menthon Saint Bernard is also home to the Chateau de Menthon, an 11th century gorgeous castle.

Food & drink

There a many friendly and local cafes to choose from, all offering good coffee with croissants, as well as beer and cold drinks. For bigger appetites, there are the La Savoyarde or Le Comptoir de Sébastien restaurants, located next to the local beach, and Le Club situated at the end of the village by the lake on the path to Angon.
There are a huge number of eating options, from humble to two Michelin stars, in and around the Lake and the city itself.

Festivals
  • Annecy Fête du Lac firework festival (1 Aug)
  • Annecy International Animated Film Festival (8-13 Jun)
  • Talloires music festival with fireworks (late Aug)
Walking

From easy strolls along the lake to more challenging rambles in the surrounding hills, Lake Annecy offers a range of walking opportunities for all levels. There are also self-guided walks around the waterways and historic buildings of Old Annecy.

Le Semnoz | 3 hrs | Moderate

Take a walk up to 1,699m, along the Bauges Mountain Range, catch a glimpse of the famous chamois or admire the local flora and fauna, or just admire the view. You will be able to see Mont Blanc towering over the mountains and even see as far as the Chartreuse Mountains. Stop at a Reblochon cheese farm along the way.

Historical walk | 45 mins | Easy

Discover Talloire’s fascinating history dating back to the 9th century with this fascinating tour of the village.

Cascade d’Angon | Moderate

Cascade is French for Waterfall, and the Cascade d’Angon is a much-loved element of the local landscape. There are three ways up (or down) from Talloires and Angon and you can vary your walk by taking a different route to the waterfall, including some of the flat paths along the lake, to create a circular walk.

Bout de Lac Reserve Naturelle | Easy

This walk is a firm favourite, not only as it offers tranquillity, rivers which source the lake, flora and fauna but also because it is flat! A circular walk through the Bout du Lac nature reserve can be combined with a visit to the beach where you can observe the landing of many of Lake Annecy’s paragliders. From the port just adjacent to the beach, pedalos, boats, and paddleboards are also available for hire.

Good to know

  • The waters of Lake Annecy flow out through the historical city's unique canals
  • The lake is called Europe's cleanest lake due to strict environmental regulations from the 1960s
  • The village of Talloires is on the east short of Lake Annecy, best for afternoon sun and sunsets
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