Lake Annecy, France

A charming lakeside village

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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 just 155 years ago. 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 form which to explore the area.

Getting around the lake is also a relaxing experience with the local boat calling at the lakeside villages. Further afield we offer a collection of guided excursions including a weekly (numbers permitting) visit to Chamonix, which boasts the highest mountains in Western Europe accessible on foot- including the Aiguille du Midi (3,842 metres), giving an amazing view of Mont Blanc and the surrounding glaciated valleys.


Where to stay

The enchanting village of Talloires, with its picturesque old houses and renowned hotels and restaurants, is an ideal choice for a restful holiday. Lying by Europe’s cleanest lake, just 9 miles from Annecy, the “Venice of the Alps”, Talloires is steeped in history.

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£ 499 per person

Things To Do

  • Palais de l’Isle and the Château d’Annecy
  • Annecy Fête du Lac firework festival (1 Aug)
  • Annecy International Animated Film Festival (8-13 Jun)
  • Annecy market on Fridays
  • Basilique de la Visitation above Old Annecy with a free exhibition of bells (mid-May onwards)
  • Cascade d’Angon waterfall (30mins walk above Talloires Village)
  • Chataeux on the routes of the Dukes of Savoy at Annecy, Menthon-Saint-Bernard andMontrottier
  • Mini golf in Talloires
  • Thursday market in Talloires (19 June to 26 Sept)
  • Talloires music festival with fireworks (late Aug)
  • Chateau de Menthon St. Bernard
  • Chateau de Montrottier
  • Fier Gorge
  • Musée du Pays de Thônes (local history museum) and Country house of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Roc de Chère Nature Reserve above Talloires
  • Boat trips to Annecy and lakeside villages
  • 40 km lakeside cycle path around most of the lake and all the way to Albertville along a former railway line
  • Mountain Walks (some steep)
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Adventure trails
  • Fishing
  • 18-hole golf course
  • Tennis
  • Paragliding
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Diving
  • Water sports
  • Water-skiing


Walking in Lake Annecy

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. 



(age at the date of return)
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