By- Susan Sherren for Couture Trips Published- 7/16/21 8:46 AM CST
Why Should I Visit Annecy,France? The scenery is fabulous, plus if you love the charming canals of Venice, you will find yourself in a splendid spot. Located in the Haute-Savoie region of France, you will find activities year-round. The area abounds in historical sites as well. Originally a Roman site in the 1st Century AD, Annecy has a long history linked to the city's strategic position on the route between Geneva and Italy. Annecy developed its nickname "Rome of the Alps" due to its role in the Counter-Reformation. The area is super scenic and loaded with quaintness. You'll find lots to do in this postcard-worthy town.
Venice of the Alps- Old Town Annecy
Best Points of Interest and Activities
Lake Annecy- Yes, Lake Annecy is the central player and one of the most photographed areas. The crystal clear waters, beach and mountain backdrop will leave you breathless. Plan to take a walk from Paquier and stroll along till you reach the Jardin de l'Europe (Gardens of Europe). You will pass by the Pont des Amours (lover's bridge) like the one in Paris; it has lovers locks secured to it. Stop here for a brief kiss if you're with the one you love! If you are a cycling fan, then opt to take the 42 km bike path around the lake. Nautical activities like motorboating, pedal boating and wakeboarding are also possible. Libellule offers dining options on the lake so take your lunch on the beautiful scenic boat cruise.
Annecy Old Town-"Venice of the Alps"
Old Town- Annecy would not be Annecy without its famous old town and central canal, thus the nickname the Venice of the Alps. Wander the cobbled streets and stroll along the Louis-Lachenal promenade. There are various restaurants and don't forget to sample some delicious Haute-Savoie cold cuts and cheese. If you find yourself in Annecy on a Tuesday, Friday or Saturday morning, you will want to meander around the old town marketplace and sample the local fruits and veggies. If you have a sweet tooth, you will want to pop by - Le Glacier des Alpes a delicious ice cream shop that has been around since 1966.
Hiking- You will be stunned by the natural surroundings, so you will want to pack your hiking boots. The most leisurely hike around Annecy is the Le Semnoz route. LeSemnoz is a ski resort on the Bauges pre-Alps mountain range, overlooking Lake Annecy. This mountain ski resort area is a beautiful viewpoint to take pictures of the lake. On this 3.3 mile hike, you can wander beautiful mountain pastures and take in the clean air of the Alps. Mountain biking options are also available at the Semnoz location.
How to Visit Annecy- We can design a perfect getaway to Annecy for you. There are a variety of accommodations and itineraries that we can customize. Plus, there are many nearby locations such as Geneva and Chamonix that make this area of the Haute-Savoie worth a visit.