Annecy, also known as the ‘flower city’, in the French Alps boasts breath-taking views down onto snow-capped mountains. Few resort towns in the area can compete with its beauty and its network of canals have led to it being called “the Venice of Savoy“. Home to the Lake of Annecy, Europe’s cleanest lake with one of the world’s purest waters, this town is the number one destination for lovers of adventure. Visitors can practice many different water sports including windsurfing, sailing, diving and water skiing whilst admiring the crystal-clear water. As the European capital for outdoor sports during both summer and winter, facilities for aerial and mountain activities are unparalleled, perfect for lovers of cycling, hiking, paragliding and canyoning. The snowy mountains also offer wonderful skiing opportunities.
Cultural events run throughout the year such as the Venetian Carnival of Annecy, Annecy Italian Film Festival and Saint-André Fair, with regular open-air markets – on Sundays you can visit one of the greatest that France has to offer right here in Annecy. For a touch of romance, head to the Pont des Amours (Lovers’ Bridge) or soak up the history by visiting the many historic churches to marvel at their stained-glass windows, organs and Medieval paintings. Annecy is a luxurious ski destination and you will find that the Rue Royale specialises in luxury jewellery, tearooms and haute-couture, with more shopping on offer at Rue Carnot.