Lake Annecy, France

A charming lakeside village

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Canals in Talloires, Lake Annecy, France.jpg
Château de Menthon-Saint-Bernard, Talloires, France.jpg
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Streets of Talloires, Lake Annecy, France.jpg
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Talloires, Lake Annecy, France.jpg


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 150 years ago. As well as the super 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 popular with well-known artists and writers and is now a lovely, laid-back resort, ideal for a super lakes and mountain holiday Lake Annecy.


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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£ 529 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 with an exhibition of bells
  • Cascade d’Angon waterfall
  • Castles on the routes of the Dukes of Savoy at Annecy, Menthon-Saint-Bernard, Montrottier, Thorens and Clermont
  • Mini golf
  • Thursday market in Talloires (19 June to 26 Sept)
  • Talloires music festival with fireworks (late Aug)
  • Musée du Pays de Thônes - local history museum
  • Roc de Chère Nature Reserve
  • Boat trips to Annecy and Angon
  • 40 km lakeside cycle path (very flat - a former railway)
  • Walks (some steep)
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Adventure trails
  • Fishing
  • 18-hole golf course
  • Tennis
  • Paragliding
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Diving
  • Water sports
  • Water-skiing

Activity Information

Resort card Free to all guests

The Free ‘The Talloires En Liberté Resort Card’ is provided by some hotels on arrival allowing you to enjoy all the following special offers:

  • Free use of tennis courts
  • Free bike hire
  • Free access to mini-golf
  • Free entrance to Château de Menthon (after 3 June)
  • Free return boat trip to Annecy
  • Free access to adventure course
  • Free access to the beaches all summer
  • Reductions on boat hire and water sports



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.



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