A day in Annecy, France
The one thing that never ceases to amaze me is the fact that you can do a simple day trip from one country to another without even realising it!
We were visiting family in Geneva and they took us for a lovely day trip drive and we ended up in the alpine town of Annecy, this incredibly gorgeous medieval town in France. If you’ve heard of Annecy, you probably know it is also known as the Venice of the Alps because it has so many canals!
Where is Annecy
Located just 40 minutes south of Geneva, Switzerland you will find this beautiful French city. If you’re heading to Val Thorens or somewhere in the French Alps for skiing, you will no doubt drive through Annecy.
What to see in Annecy
Palais de l’Ile: Probably the most famous photo spot in Annecy on Thiou Canal! It is absolutely gorgeous and was a 12th-century medieval castle and prison which has since been converted into a history and art museum.
Lac d’Annecy: We spent quite a bit of time enjoying walking around the gorgeous lake. Although we were there in winter, it didn’t make it any less beautiful! although, I suspect walking around with some warmth might be a good idea!
It also happens to be the third largest lake in France! You can swim, sail, paddle boating, jump on a boat cruise – all of which is offered all year round – if you’re game!
You could also hire a bike around the lake if you wanted to explore more if you have limited time.
Old Town: Walking up the cobblestone streets, in and out of the shops, cafes and restaurants – it doesn’t matter where you look it is just gorgeous.
As you walk around the town you will no doubt come across some lovely Museums, gorgeous buildings and local shops.
Where to eat
We ate at La Taverne Savoyarde Grill. The service was lovely and the food was nice as well.
There are plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from! Most of which have a pretty good tourist menu,
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Here is a small photo essay for Annecy.
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine