Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Jul 2015
35-49 year old female
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Castles, Historic Sites, History Museums
Islands, Nature & Wildlife Areas
Bodies of Water
Jogging Paths & Tracks, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Biking Trails
Nature & Wildlife Areas
Start your day with an early morning walk in the old city center. Watching the city wake up and start its daily activities is both fun and enlightening.
Palais de l'Ile is the most iconic Annecy landmark. The famous triangular building dates back to the 12th century, and has served as everything from courthouse to residence to prison over the years. Stay a moment on the bridge to take in its resemblance to a ship on the narrow channel.
One of France's most beautiful castles, Musee Chateau d'Annecy perches above the city, offering delightful views over the town's historic district. Explore the beautiful, historic complex, and then stop into the museum to learn more about the Alps, the lake, and the city.
Situated in the lake, just off of the old town, Ile des Cygnes (or Island of Swans) is a manmade island built in the mid-19th century. You cannot access the island, but it is nice to look upon it, and its birds, from the shore.
Situated on the shore of the lake, Jardins de l'Europe is a tranquil 19th-century park, popular with locals and tourists alike. Stroll through the greenery and take in the wonderful views of the lake.
On your way to the city center for lunch, pop up to the tourist information center to learn about current and upcoming events, as well as find out more about the activities available.
The tiny Boston Cafe is a charming spot for lunch, whether you take some sandwiches away to the park or stay and enjoy the terrace.
After some urban exploration and history, turn your afternoon to nature. Also known as 'Blue Lake,' Lac d'Annecy is the town's jewel, with its turquoise waters and mountain backdrop. Whether you go boating, swimming, or diving — or just recline on the beach — Lake Annecy is sure to win you over.
There are many ways to enjoy the scenery and open air at the lake. Rent a bike and explore on two wheels, or get out on the water aboard a lake cruise.
Compagnie des Bateaux offers regular cruises with varying itineraries in summer.
L'arc en Ciel is another cruise option. I have tried both and they are equally good.
Plage des Marquisats is Annecy's nearest and most trendy beach.
If you are still full of energy, you can enjoy the lake panorama by biking or jogging along Voie Verte du Lac d'Annecy. This 20km path will take you through charming villages and shadowy valleys to the Bout de Lac village and natural reserve.
Situated at the bottom of the lake, near the small village, Reserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac is a tranquil place to spend a few afternoon moments. Enjoy the calm here and watch out for interesting flora and fauna.
For those who prefer mountains, Semnoz is a great and rather easy half-day hike.
To end your day, I suggest going for some local food back in Annecy. Auberge de Savoie offers an excellent choice of local dishes, including fresh fish from the lake.
End a day with another stroll along the channels in the old city, and treat yourself to a local delight. Glacier des Alpes has the richest variety of seasonal ice cream flavors.