To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted. – Bill Bryson
ANNECY, FRENCH ALPS
Where: Annecy is the largest city in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in southeastern France. It lies on the northern tip of Lake Annecy, 35 kilometers south of Geneva.
The old town in the French city of Annecy looks straight out of a fairy tale. Colourful pastel buildings, winding cobbled streets, leading to courtyards with cafes, the french alps looming in the background. A very charming view to behold.
Annecy is perfect for a day trip from Geneva, or surrounding cities.
PLACES TO VISIT IN LAKE ANNECY//MAIN ATTRACTIONS:
The Lake of Annecy is the town symbol, & Europe’s cleanest lake with clear waters, which change colour with the light. A perialpine lake, & the 3rd largest lake in France. You can go sailing, & see the city from a different vantage point. Many boat rentals available.
Windsurfing courses & sailing lessons are also available.
Palais de l’Isle was built in the 12th century, & was used as a lordly residence, a courthouse, a mint and a prison over the centuries.
Annecy Castle is a 13-16th century castle that was the former residence of the Counts of Geneva. Inside is a range of art, sculptures, & medieval design.
Sainte -Claire Street in the old town is beautiful with 17th century romantic arches.
Rue Royale. Lots of boutiques surrounded by gardens and fountains.
The picturesque alpine town of Annecy.
ACCOMMODATION IN ANNECY// WHERE TO STAY:
A holiday in Lake Annecy can be a short day trip, but if you want to stay longer there are a few places to stay in Annecy.
Airbnb– There are many cosy and functional homes on Airbnb in Annecy
HomeAway– lots of lofts and luxury apartments to let in Annecy on HomeAway.
Boutique hotels in Annecy.
Un le unique – luxury self contained apartments.
L’Impérial Palace– a majestic 4 star hotel overlooking the Lake Annecy, with surrounding gardens. Just 3o minutes away from Geneva Airport.
Best places to shop in Annecy here.
Confectionary & chocolate at La Cure Gourmande, which specialises in all things sweet.
The Old Town of Annecy
Pont des Amours – Lovers Bridge // Legend says if two lovers kiss on the bridge then they will be together forever.
Lake Annecy // the cleanest lake in Europe and 3rd largest. A popular destination for water sports.
ANNECY TRAVEL // USEFUL LINKS
Autumn foliage in the sprawling park surrounding the Lake Annecy.
An Autumn reflection // Puddlegram
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