Geneva to Annecy - Quick Transfers!
In just under an hour a transfer from Geneva airport over the border in Switzerland, Annecy is vibrant, cosmopolitain, steeped in history and beautiful. Nothing beats a wander around the edge of the lake on a sunny day, followed by a meander around the Old Town and a spot of leisurely lunch.
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As well as being a gorgeous tourist town, it is a busy working town with many Haute Savoie businesses having their head offices in Annecy. Then there's the attraction of all things nautical on the lake and great shopping too. All this means the town is saturated when it comes to finding an (expensive) car parking space, so take our word for it, you're better off getting a transfer than hiring a car or driving.
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Annecy Destination Guide
Lake & Mountain Paradise!
Annecy is simply stunning. If you're looking for a lakes and mountains holiday or short break, Annecy, on the edge of the lake of the same name in the French Alps is a superb choice. It's also one of France's best-kept secrets, so please don't tell everyone about it!
What really makes your eyes widen is the panorama. Standing on the Paquier, the large grassy area in front of the lake, as far as the eye can see it's azure blue water glistening back at you and the rugged mountain peaks surrounding the lake reflected in the water.
Don't forget your camera when in Annecy - it's one of the most photographic towns in France. And you can't help but feel romantic in the place also known as the Venice of the Alps, especially when you stop for a picture opportunity on the wrought iron 'Pont des Amours' - the lovers' bridge.
As well as taking in the fresh air and the views, there is loads to do and see in Annecy. The water is super clear and clean, making it ideal for swimming and watersports and there are even little sandy and grass beach areas for a sunbathing session, or you can pay to go into the lakeside Lido by the Imperial Palace hotel, or head to the freshwater outdoor pool on the edge of the lake just beside the port where the big pleasure boats leave from.
Back in the historic Old Town, you'll soon discover it's compact enough to explore on foot and there's plenty to see. We recommend the Palais de L'ile which was a prison in the 12th Century and this most iconic of Annecy buildings, now houses a museum.
The Chateau d'Annecy was home to various Counts and Dukes and is every bit as impressive as you'd imagine. It's now home to an arts and history museum. For superb views of the lake and the town, it's also worth the hike up to the Basilique de la Visitation.
Back towards the lake, you'll see the tributary of the river makes a natural port area that is also home to the Annecy boat company. This is a must do for any Annecy visitor, as it means you can see the wonderful towns and villages from the viewpoint of the water. There are loads of options from a one hour tour to a full day pass where you can hop on and off at different ports around the lake, such as Talloires, Sevrier and Doussard right at the opposite end of Lake Annecy.
Annecy, the capital of Haute Savoie, is also well-placed for visiting other towns and resorts. In winter, skiing in Chamonix is just an hour away and you can go mountain biking in Morzine in the same time, so whether you visit in winter or summer, a lakes and mountains holiday in Annecy offers plenty to do.
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Unmissable events in Annecy
Annecy Christmas Market - December
As the publicity for this renowned event says: ‘The magic of Christmas is everywhere!’ in Annecy. From the end of November to the end of December, all around the old town, along by the lake, over towards the Courier commercial centre and in the churches, it is CHRISTMAS in Annecy! Stalls, events and activities for all ages, this is by far the biggest and longest Xmas market of the region.
Venetian Carnival - March
Annecy is known as ‘Venice of the Alps’, so it’s the perfect backdrop for this ever so slightly eccentric festival where doll-like folk parade around the canals and lakeside to see and be seen. It’s fascinating stuff to witness and attracts a lot of photographers. Usually takes place in mid-March each year.
Annecy Marathon - April
Celebrate spring with a little lakeside jog! Around the end of April each year, the marathon and half marathon events take place in Annecy. It will come as no surprise to hear that it’s been voted one of the top 10 marathons in France. It’s been running since 1980 and is hugely popular, so apply quickly if you want to take part.
Annecy International Animated Film Festival - June
Every June, Annecy celebrates the world of animation. Gathering together producers, graphic artists, directors, students and film fans alike, you can watch premieres of films on the Paquier (the big grassy lakeside area in front of the Banlieu Centre) for free, whilst the jury decides on the animation of the year.
Fete Nationale in Annecy - July
Where better to spend the biggest party of the year in France than in Annecy? Celebrate Fete National on the 14th July each year from 12:00 with am almighty kids party by the lake, live music, percussion bands, dancing and more. The highlight is the huge firework display at 22:15, followed by a ball, as in music and dancing! Of course, there’ll be loads of spectators, but it’s got to be done at least once and it’s all free.
Fete du Lac Annecy - August
The first Saturday of August is one very special day in Annecy. This is Fete du Lac, where an incredible firework display out on the lake is accompanied by live music. It’s really quite stunning. And although tickets in the chairs and grandstands in the prime spots are expensive, (around 38€) you get the best view ever.