Annecy vacation

Lake Annecy area

Lake Annecy map

View above talloiresOne could quite happily spend an entire holiday without leaving the immediate area around the Lake. There is so much to do both on it, with various water activities, and in it's vicinty, exploring the many gorgeous villages and towns on it's shores. This is one of the cleanest lakes in Europe, a fact you will instantly appreciate if you go out on a boat or take a walk beside it's clear blue waters. In summer the water temperatures reach 24ºC so that you can happily swim in the lake - the Plage de L'Imperial is only five minutes walk from the apartment. However you can also find boat hire, pedaloes, sailing, water skiing, windsurfing, rowing, diving and fishing all within very easy reach.
See our summer activities page for more information.

Lake Annecy

Lake AnnecyLac d'Annecy covers 10.5 square miles, with an average depth of 135 ft. Today, it is one of the cleanest lakes in the world and home to a wide range of wildlife with great fishing. In the past, all the dirty water from the surrounding towns was dumped into it, and the lake was severely polluted. In 1962 the big clean up started. A few companies and hotels around the lake did not want to pay their share of the cost to develop a new sewer system, and so divers were sent underwater to plug all the raw sewerage outlets from these uncooperative businesses into the lake. Once disconnected from any sewer system, they had no choice but to abide by the new regulations and let the necessary work begin at once. Today, the lake receives only rain and spring water and has become a very popular diving site.

the eastern shore : Le Rive Plein Soleil

Rive Plein SoleilThis is the posh side of the lake as it gets the afternoon sun. There are a number of lovely small towns and villages to explore and dream about owning one of the palatial chalets with direct lake views! You can walk along boardwalks right along the shoreline. Think about catching one of the boats from Annecy - you can stop off at some of these villages, continuing your trip once you have finished at each and make a day of exploring them, enjoying lunch at one of the restaurants, a little walk along the shores, maybe a visit to a beach..........

For general information on the whole of the Rive Plein Soleil visit

Veyrier du Lac
This is an interesting old village with lots of expensive antique shops. Small roads drop off the main road down to the shore where you can enjoy the views and where you will find the beaches and restaurants.
2 free beaches (one supervised) Paying car park.
Menthon St Bernard
This has a lovely promenade right along the lakeside and some great restaurants. The lovely little town is overlooked by the Château de Menthon which is open for tours.
1 beach with admission charge (supervised) Free car park.
Château de Menthon - open June to September for guided
A gorgeous setting around a small bay with sailing and waterskiing schools - so plenty of boats to watch. It's close to the Col de la Forclaz so you can also watch the colourful paragliders descending and soaring over the lake. All views around Lake Annecy tend to be lovely, but Talloires is particularly gorgeous with the curves and mountains of the Bauges in the background and views of Château de Menthon. It is one of my favourite spots for getting a coffee and just savouring the moment!
3 supervised beaches with admission charges. Free car park.
Golf course on the Roc de Chère nature reserve with a panoramic view of lac Annecy, and the Château de Menthon
Roc de Chère - this is well worth visiting even if you don't play golf. An immense rock overlooking the lake, the "Roc de Chère" dominates Talloires and Menthon and offers remarkable views over the lake. Part of the area has been designated a nature reserve for its flora and fauna
From Talloires you can reach three of the highest tops around the lake: La Tournette : 2351m, Les Dents de Lanfon : 1824m, Le Lanfonnet : 1768m. A lot of marked tracks will take you to the most picturesque spots of this area.
Adventure forest and high wire course offers a number of activities in the trees such as The Adventure Course, the Mountain Bike Adventure Park, The Forest of 5 Senses, the Orienteering Course....with an exceptional panaromaic view over Lake Annecy and the
For all sorts of information on Talloires and it's immediate vicinity visit


Paragliding over Lake AnnecyLac d'Annecy is one of the foremost areas for paragliding in Europe. Our summer activities page contains lots of links to the nearest specialists, schools and providers of tandem flights, but don't forget that these are available all year. One of the most famous launch sites is just above Talloires at the Col de la Forclaz, but there are other takeoffs in the immediate area and landings at Perroix nearby and Doussard. It is lovely just to watch the colourful wings spiralling down over the lake, even if you don't have the courage to try it for yourself!

To see what the experience of flying over the lake looks like from the air have a look at this site

the western shore

Cycling beside Lake AnnecyThis has the lovely views of the mountain backdrop to the eastern shore. The towns here are more built up and not immediately as pretty, but there are plenty of family friendly resorts and the beaches are gentler and sandy. There are supervised beaches at Doussard, Duingt, Sevrier & Saint-Jorioz.

The western shore also has a superb leisure trail dedicated to non motorised traffic: cycling, inline skating, walking, jogging etc providing a safe route for families. Cycling on the lake's west bank from Annecy is absolutely fantastic giving you a spectacular view of the jagged mountains opposite.

viewpoints/ waterfalls

Waterfall of SeythenexThere are many lovely walks where you can look down on the lake, or points at which you can get out of a car and simply enjoy the view. Routes for walking are available from the Tourist Office, but suggestions of lovely viewpoints to head for are; Col de la Forclaz, top of the Semnoz, top of the Mont Veyrier, Calvaire of Notre Dame du Lac in the village of Duingt or The Roc de Chère in Talloires

Cave and Waterfall of Seythenex. Open from May 1st to September 12th 2010 Follow the directions to Albertville, then Faverges. At Faverges, turn right, signposted col de Tamié, and follow the signs displaying Grotte and Cascade.

The Angon waterfall, easily accessible from the hamlet of Vérel or Angon, has spectacular waterfalls. You will have magnificent views from the pathway over the lake.

lake cruises

Cruise boats at AnnecyThe lake cruises are almost a must whilst visiting the area. You can either use these as very scenic buses to village hop around the lake or make them a circular cruise to see the sights from the water. There are cruises and trips available with commentaries on the history and sights, or ones available with onboard restaurants to enjoy a meal whilst enjoy the beautiful scenery slipping by.


This is the wooded and mountainous area 20 minutes' drive to the south and east of Annecy, with wonderful views down onto the lake and mountains beyond. Its a great area both for winter skiing and a wealth of summer activities. The walking up here is great and there is a very popular summer luge as well as go karts and all sorts of family activities.


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