TRAVEL GUIDE TO ANNECY
Read our Annecy travel guide to find out what’s going on and where the attractions are. Responsible for stealing the hearts of many, Annecy is considered one of the most enchantingly beautiful locations in Europe. Lovingly nestled between the French Alps and Geneva, this dreamy floating city has been likened to Venice for its ethereal atmosphere. Set around a complex of serene canals against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains, the "Pearl of the Alps" is the perfect place to forget the rest of the world and engage in restorative eating, drinking and aimless wandering. The eight-hour drive from Calais to Annecy is superbly scenic, giving you the chance to stop off at Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, to break up the journey.
Tourist Attractions in Annecy – The Old Town
The most famous tourist attraction in Annecy - the Old Town is pedestrianised. The cornucopia of slender streets and crooked alleyways give the town a medieval feel, but this is curiously offset by the pastel-painted houses. Lemon, pistachio and rose coloured buildings sit beside crumbling churches, and there are scores of secret gardens just waiting to be discovered. The pretty Perrière Bridge spans the Thiou, one of the shortest rivers in France, and is probably Annecy's most photographed spot. Another key site is the Palais de l'Île castle, found on a small island at the heart of the Old Town. Built in the 12th century, the building was used as a courthouse, a mint, and then a prison.
Tourist Attraction For Fine Dining In Annecy
If you're looking to learn the art of doing nothing, Annecy is the ideal prescription. Shimmering waterways lap the sides of quaint bistros and cosy cafés, so take life at a relaxed pace and absorb the Venetian atmosphere over a lazy brunch or café au lait. Situated in the heart of the Haute-Savoie region, Annecy's delectable cuisine blends French and Swiss fare. Dining in Annecy is a joy at any time of year but in summer, the Old Town really comes to life. Vivid flowers bloom along the balconies and many of the waterfront restaurants offer al fresco seating on the banks of the Thiou River. Sample local specialities like tartiflette and fondue, followed by a sliver of bilberry tart or pot of lavender ice cream.
Take a Boar Tour of Lake Annecy
Annecy is home to a lake hailed as the purest in Europe, thanks to strict environmental regulations enforcing its cleanliness. Formed thousands of years ago when the larger alpine glaciers melted, the azure water of Lac d'Annecy is absolutely mesmerising. Take a guided tour or unforgettable cruise around the lake on a catamaran and inhale glorious alpine air as the sun sets over the mountains. If you like to get out and about, visit the Imperial Park that overlooks the lake. It features a tiny beach and various places to grab a bite to eat if you feel like relaxing in the sunshine. When it comes to booking a ferry to France, P&O Ferries are the company for you.
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