Annecy vacation


Annecy: a perfect location for relaxation or adventure

old AnnecyA holiday in Annecy provides the opportunity for a wide range of activities. If you want a quiet holiday enjoying gorgeous scenery, ancient architecture, art galleries, antiques, great restaurants and scenic trips on one of the cleanest lakes in Europe, then you will run out of time before Annecy runs out of things to offer.

If, however, you are looking for a more active holiday, you can easily fill a few weeks of walking, cycling or adrenalin packed activities in and around Annecy, both in summer and winter. There are endless opportunities to throw oneself off high places, scale mountains and plunge into raging waters all within half an hour to an hour's drive from the apartment. The key here is ease of access. Annecy is an ideal central location for easy and quick access in different directions to many resorts throughout the Aravis and beyond.

Skiing at ChinaillonThere are 7 ski resorts within 1 hours drive, and 3-4 of those in about half an hour. This allows you to choose the most suitable resort for the conditions on the day and the weather. You can also take advantage of the 2 and 4 hour ski passes available - arrive late morning, leave before the crowds and still combine great skiing with some serious shopping and wonderful restaurants in a beautiful and ancient city.

The Lake Annecy region is known as one of the best locations for paragliding, in Europe. There are different mountain ranges and mountain activites all within a very easy drive. If you want to enjoy the mountain scenery at a more leisurely pace then there are many lovely walks or why not enjoy a round of golf in stunning scenery? For more details and ideas then see our seasonal activities and events pages.

property searches

If you are looking for a base to combine a lovely holiday with some property searching then Annecy makes an excellent choice with superb road access to all areas of the Aravis, Portes du Soleil, Pardiski and Mont Blanc areas.

If you want assistance with your property searching then can we recommend Elise of Rhône-Alpes Property Services. She provided invaluable help to us in finding the property, negotiations with agents/notaires etc, translations of legal documents and accompanied us to the notaires office for support, advice and translations when signing. After the sale she has helped with setting up utilities, bank accounts and more. It's a tailored service so you agree what your particular needs are for your own purchase.

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