Even Savoyards spoilt rotten with Alpine views every day of their lives grow wistful at the mention of Annecy. Why? Just look around you: the mountains rise steep, wooded and snow-capped above Lac d’Annecy, so startlingly turquoise it looks unreal; the Vieille Ville (Old Town) is a ludicrously pretty ensemble of pastel-daubed, geranium-strewn houses; the turreted castle – wait, even the old prison – ticks all the medieval-fantasy boxes.
With that phenomenal backdrop, it’s no wonder everyone is outdoors – hanging out in pavement cafes, mountain-gazing in gardens, swimming in the lake (among Europe’s purest) and cycling around it. Annecy, we think you will agree, really is quite lovely.
Annecy destination guides
Impressions of France
Channel your inner artist and follow in the footsteps of the Impressionists from Paris to Provence on this inspiring 12-day tour. Your spirit will soar as you explore the French Alps, cycle through the wine region of Burgundy, and picnic beneath the Eiffel Tower. You'll sip champagne at its source and meet the beautiful people in Nice.