Annecy is a resort popular with skiers during the winter months - but what you might not know is that it’s a great spot for summer holidays too. The picturesque old town is set in a backdrop of soaring mountains and glorious views, and there’s lots to see and do for families and groups.
Lake Annecy is a tourist attraction in its own right - mirror smooth and reflecting the Alps that surround it, there are viewpoints all around the town, like the Jardins d’el Europe. On a hot day, taking a picnic down to the lakeside for swimming, eating and sunbathing is a lazy but lovely way to while away a few hours.
Annecy is sometimes called the Venice of the Alps, on account of the beautiful buildings and the canal running through the town. Whatever the time of day it’s a beautiful place to just wander, popping into shops, stopping for the odd coffee and snacking on local delicacies.
For those interested in a less sedentary style of holiday, the lake also boasts some great routes for walking and cycling. During the summer months, you might want to set off early - the sun reflecting on water can make it hot in the midday sun.
Annecy is rightly thought of as one of the best paragliding spots in Europe. Excursions set off from the nearby town of Talloires, and offer some truly unique views of this beautiful area. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it’s a brilliant way to see Annecy from another angle.
Of course, the lake also boasts a wealth of water-based activities - from a gentle paddle in a rowing boat to water skiing and wakeboarding! An enjoyable way to take in the lake and enjoy some local food is to take a trip on the Libellule, a restaurant boat which cruises around the lake at lunchtime and dinnertime.
With so much to do and see, it’s a great place to switch off from the world and enjoy being surrounded by the glory of nature. If Annecy has already stolen your heart, owning a holiday chalet or apartment could be the ideal investment for your family life. Get in touch to find out more.