° Annecy, the flowered city – prized with “4 flowers”
Altitude 448 m. - 50 000 inhabitants - The lake of Annecy is located 40 km south of Geneva and marks the beginning of the French Alps. Annecy, the capital of Haute-Savoie, consists of a unique site thanks to the aesthetic quality of the landscape. For more than 30 years the bordering communities of the lake have safeguarded the natural inheritance against any urban or industrial pollution. In winter like summer, visitors can benefit from all of the possible sporting and cultural events. The pure water of the Lake crosses the Old City by through picturesque channels with flowered banks. In summer, the 10 bordering communities of the lake accommodate tourists within a green environment near forests and mountain pastures. During winter, the close proximity of the ski resorts including Clusaz, Large Bornand or Megève, makes it possible to organize a stay mixing the cultural attractions within the city and the winter sports. Throughout the year, many conferences and international seminars are held in Annecy thanks to the facilities available at the prestigious Imperial De-Luxe Hotel located in splendid parkland area adjacent to the edge of lakes waters.
International festival of film of sporting adventure (April in even years) - Festival of the Lake (1st Saturday of August) - Festival of the return of the Mountain pastures (early October) - Festival of Italian Cinema (early December) - International Festival of the Cinema of animation (end of May) - Fair expo (early September).
° Regular leisure activities
Cinema, Theatre, Casino of the Imperial Palace, plenty of restaurants, bars and dance venues.
° Annecy Markets
Rural produce (cheeses, fruits, vegetables…) but as well as clothing. The markets of Annecy are not to be missed, abounding in fresh, healthy products and good bargains…
- Tuesday : Annecy (old town and place des Romains) - Wednsday : Annecy-le-Vieux - Thursday : Annecy (Novel) - Friday : Annecy (old town) - Sarurday : Annecy (Boulvard Taine) Antique market: last Saturday of each month in the old town. - Sunday : Annecy (old town).
Boat excursion: tour of the Lake (1 to 2 hours) – Excursions to the “Gorges du Fier” (15 km from Annecy) and the Castle of Montrottier; Semnoz (17 km); the collar of "la Forclaz" (20 km); the collar of "Aravis" (35 km); the “Plateau des Glières” (35 km); the Lake of Bourget (35 km).
° Sites, walks and excursions
° Architectures and cultural visits
Castle (visits), museums of the Castle, Regional observatory of the Alpine Lakes, museeum of regional archaeology and ethnography, Academy of art and History, museum of the Alps in miniature, museum of the Bell and Museum of the Savoyard Costume at Sévrier, Palate of Isle (visits) and old town (visits).
° Gastronomy and soil
Specialities Chocolate (roseaux du Lac), cheese and wines of Savoy.