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How to Make The Most of Your Trip to Lake Annecy in France

How to Make The Most of Your Trip to Lake Annecy in France Lake Annecy
May 2024
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A hidden paradise to the south of France

To the south east of France, close to the Swiss and Italian borders, lies the stunningly blue waters of Lake Annecy. Between the lake, the nearby mountains and the picturesque town of Annecy itself (including the historic old town), there's plenty for everyone to enjoy in this small pocket of paradise.
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The bright colours of the historic buildings and winding canals of Annecy make wandering through the old town a real treat, with plenty of restaurants, bakeries and boutiques to explore, whilst the lake boasts all the usual fun-filled activities including paddleboarding, canoeing, swimming and sailing. For something a little different, we recommend snorkelling or scuba diving – a perfect way to discover the hidden wonders beneath the water such as the sunken remains of Le France, a magnificent paddle-wheel steamer that was launched in 1909 and mysteriously sank in 1971. The wreckage can be reached and explored by Level Two divers.

Lake Annecy also has two nature reserves – great news for lovers of the outdoors. Le Roc de Chère nature reserve on the eastern shore boasts 168 acres of local fauna, flora and stunning panoramic views. To the south, the Bout-du-Lac reserve is even larger, with plenty of natural wetland for the local wildlife – keep your eyes peeled for beavers. The best way to explore the whole lake, however, is on two wheels. The ride is not overly long and can be completed in roughly three hours, to make it easier head clockwise out of Annecy.

When it comes to eating, with a number of Michelin-starred and Michelin Guide restaurants in the area it can be difficult to know where to start. For an extravagant night out we’d recommend 1903 by chef Jean Sulpice. Set right on the water’s edge, with an expansive glass front, the menu is a true celebration of elevated French cuisine. For a more relaxed bite to eat, Slake Coffee comes highly recommended and offers a delicious breakfast and brunch menu (the eggs look incredible but we’re always suckers for French toast).

Where to Stay

Black Bass Hotel

Spacious and full of natural light, the interior of this hotel draws heavily for inspiration from the nearby lake. The calming blue tones of the bedrooms and restaurant help to create a sense of tranquility – perfect for after a long day exploring. In the evening, make sure to visit the bar for a cocktail before you head out.

Le Pélican

This brand new luxury hotel is full of modern comforts, from the on-site bakery to the cosy nooks that look out across the lake. With 100 rooms and suites to choose from it makes a great base, and for a more relaxing afternoon why not enjoy a game of pétanque in the hotel grounds?

Impérial Palace

With impressive Edwardian touches, this hotel has 90 bedrooms and 14 luxurious suites. The stunning grounds feature centuries-old trees, rosebushes and flowerbeds, a quiet oasis conveniently close to Annecy town centre. For the best views around, opt for a Prestige Lake Suite, complete with its own balcony.

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