“Now I have been happy, now I have lived.” So said Jean Jacques Rosseau on seeing Lake Annecy. Set in the Rhone Alps in southeastern France, Annecy is an idyllic traditional French town, complete with castle, canal and picturesque winding lanes. Situated on the northern tip of turquoise Lake Annecy – Lac d’Annecy to the locals – this tranquil haven is popular with visitors and has many cycling, walking and hiking opportunities.
Holidays to Annecy are perfect for those looking for French break in a beautiful, romantic setting. The surrounding French Alps offer France’s most dramatic scenery and the panoramic views are jaw-dropping. Grab a baguette from the local boulangerie and spend the day exploring Annecy’s incredible mountainous surroundings.
The town itself boasts a splendid array of architectural wonders, largely due to the town’s interesting history. Located between Geneva and Chambéry, the town was strongly influenced by both between the 13th and 19th centuries. Today, holidays to Annecy highlight the town’s independence and the unique and spectacular Palais de L’Isle, a 12th century island prison and the exquisite Chateau d’Annecy are well worth a historical day trip.
Picturesque Annecy is a great place to explore and a few days wandering through this historic gem will be sure to involve a stroll along one of the many Venice-like canals or the Thioux River. The mountains that surround the town, including Le Mont Verier and Le Semnoz provide a spectacular backdrop to this idyllic region.
Venturing further afield provides some great experiences and the popular 40km bike trail around the lake is a favorite local pastime. Boats can also be hired and the famous La Tournette hike on the east side is popular with visitors and residents alike.
On the far west of Lake Annecy are the Semnoz Mountains, which offer plenty of walking and cycling opportunities. For more intrepid visitors, head the short distance to the spectacular Gorges de Fier, an amazing natural wonder. The nearby buzzing city of Lyon is a culturally vibrant metropolis, full of cafés, bars and clubs.
With a landscape to inspire the greatest of poets, a huge range of things to do and great deals available, Annecy is an ideal holiday destination. Start your French adventure now and book all your holidays to France with lastminute.com
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