Lake Annecy – things to do in 48 hours
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During our 10 days road trip through France, one of the stops we planned for, was a 48 hours stay by the Lake Annecy. After we stayed in Beaune for one night we left towards Annecy, a well-known village by the French Alps. The city of Annecy is the capital of Haute-Savoie district. It lies on the northern tip of the Lake Annecy, only 22 miles from Geneve in Switzerland. I have heard of Annecy and how charming it was and I wasn’t disappointed. The landscape was so beautiful with the clear waters of the lake in the foreground and French Alps in the background, no wonder the city is nicknamed “Pearl of French Alps” by French geographers.
Coming from the heat of Paris to Lake Annecy’s beautiful “cool” weather was a relief. Lake’s water held +25C and was absolutely perfect – it was clear and warm.
Lake Annecy holiday – things to do
There are tons of things to do around Lake Annecy and we planned for at least one hike while staying here. We also found a small plane company which does flights over the lake and the French Alps that we booked for one evening. The first day we drove up to the Le Col de la Forclaz by Talloires just on the other side of the lake, to check out the views. You should definitely check out this viewpoint if you are ever in the area. The view of the lake Annecy from the viewpoint was stunning. Activities in the city of Annecy and around Lac Annecy (French name) are so diverse and thus suitable for both families with kids, couples, and group of friends.
There are several things to do in Annecy in summer. You can do physical activities such as cycling, hiking, rafting, climbing or you can visit several chateau and museums. Or how about Foodie experience with organic local products and wine.
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The city of Annecy holds several exhibitions of a different kind during the year. Check out Lac Annecy official tourism site for dates and activities.
But did you know that you can do many winter activities around Lake Annecy? You can go skiing, glacier walking, heliski or ice climbing?
We are very laid back and chill, we love to spend some days by the pool or on the beach, but we also love to explore nature or a city. Since we had the beach at our doorstep at the hotel we went exploring the nature.
At the viewpoint, there were two paragliding platforms and many paragliders in the air. Our 12-year-old was bragging about how tough he was who wasn’t afraid to do the paragliding. We are just like the next pair of parents – wanted to teach him a lesson. The next day we drove back and he had to do it! And I’ll tell you he was tough even thou he was really nervous.
Since we were going to fly over the alps later that day neither I nor my husband did the paragliding. Cause you know – we are ain’t millionaires :)) But, guess what?? As we were waiting for Aleks to land and get back up, we got a phone call from the plane company that canceled our trip due to really poor weather conditions later in the evening 🙁
I just have to say that the guys who organized paragliding and instructors were really great. They had a GoPro and took a lot of shots and video while flying. The instructor spoke English well and Aleks could steer the sail. Overall we felt very safe. If you want to try it, look up Airmax Parapente or search them up on tripadvisor.com (this is not sponsored).
Ok, so back to the planned hikes – I had my tights and my Nikes on and was ready to go, straight after junior came back after his paragliding. We were walking down to meet our son and guess what – my husband’s leg injury kicked in. So here I was in the beautiful French Alps, in a beautiful weather and was not going to hike, paraglide or on a plane trip over the mountains 🙁
I still had one thing I planned for – explore Annecy, which I heard so many nice things about. The first evening we had in Annecy it was pouring rain, so I thought “hey, new day tomorrow”. The next evening we went to Annecy it was more than pouring. It was thunder and lighting and traffic jam in and out of the city. So we managed to turn half the way, stop at McDonald’s to get some “food” for Aleks and drove back to the hotel. I don’t do good without food or sleep (that’s the worst case) so luckily for everybody the restaurant at our hotel had available table for us.
Where to stay in Annecy
We stayed 2 nights at Clos Marcel hotel in the village called Duingt, just 10 min drive from Annecy.We were very excited about what room and service we would get, as I have heard that I shouldn’t expect too much from hotels when I book through a third-party provider. Well, let me tell you one thing – this was the third time and I couldn’t complain at all. We got a great room and a great service – every time! This post is no way sponsored!
The hotel was amazing – read my full review here. We booked a room with a view of the lake Annecy.
There are many campsites around Lake Annecy. Some have pools, some are the beach and some have incredible views of the Lake. If you travel with family or a group of friends you can also rent a mountain hut. But if you want to stay close to the lake, city and the mountains I suggest you stay either in Annecy or small villages around the Lake.
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FAMOUS FRENCH CUISINE – WHAT TO EAT
French cuisine is known for its elegance, extravagance, quality, and innovation. We have all heard about Bœuf Bourguignon, Coq au vin, Soupe à l’Oignon Gratinée, and Mousse au Chocolat. But every district in France has its own specialty. According to Wikipedia, these are the most famous French dishes in this area:
- Andouillette (a kind of sausage with tripe)
- Fondue savoyarde (fondue made with cheese and white wine into which cubes of bread are dipped)
- Gratin dauphinoise (a traditional regional French dish based on potatoes and crème fraîche)
- Quenelle (flour, butter, eggs, milk, and fish, traditionally pike, mixed and poached)
- Raclette (the cheese is melted and served with potatoes, ham and often dried beef)
- Soupe à l’oignon (onion soup based on meat stock, often served gratinéed with cheese on top)
- Tartiflette (a Savoyard gratin with potatoes, Reblochon cheese, cream, and pork)
- Gratin de crozets Savoyard (A Savoyard dish with square buckwheat pasta “les crozets de Savoie“, cheese and ham)
There are a few good restaurants in Annecy and in villages around the lake, but there are also few tourist magnets. The restaurant at our hotel – Le Comptoir du Lac – was amazing and although we stayed in the hotel we had to make reservations for popular evenings since they booked up rather quickly. CHECK THEIR MENU HERE
Annecy has at least one restaurant in Michelin Guide (do not confuse it with a Michelin star) – Restaurant 1er Mets – which gets excellent reviews. CHECK THEIR MENU AND MAKE A RESERVATION HERE
Lake Annecy’s location to the mountains makes it a destination with diverse seasonal activities. The beauty of the Lake is difficult to describe and you can’t go wrong with French cuisine and wine. This place is the perfect destination for your next long weekend trip. And if you have a drone this place is perfect for filming and shooting from above.
If you travel with smaller kids check out “Kids love travel”, they have many inspiring adventures.