Archives December 2017 - Annecy

Aerial sports: Lake Annecy seen from above

If you are subject to dizziness, go on your way. For the rest, Annecy is the destination to take off. Discover the lake and the surrounding mountains in a new light  by rising above. Guaranteed sensations! Paragliding, helicopter, airplane and even hot air balloon: you get many choices. At the aerodrome of Annecy-Meythet, located north of the city, climb aboard a gyrocopter for a magical flight! The lake under your heel, meet the highest summits of the Alps for an unforgettable getaway. Starting from 7 years old.You can also go to Poisy to embark on a plane with panoramic canopy and to...

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Bernard de Menthon, the patron saint of mountain dwellers and mountain-climbers

According to legend, the patron saint of the Alps was born around the year 1000 of the union of Bernoline de Duingt and Baron Richard de Menthon, in the castle to which he gave his name: the castle of Menthon-Saint-Bernard.Promised to a noble heiress of the family of Miolans, he nevertheless deeply feels the call of faith. His parents insisted, but the young Bernard did not hear him with that ear, for Saint-Nicolas whispered to him in the other one to join the Church. On the eve of his wedding, encouraged by the latter, who promised to send him angels for a soft landing, he jumped out of...

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Marketplaces in Annecy

Walking around among the appetizing market stalls is probably one of the most gratifying activities in Annecy! Gastronomy, crafts: please your eyes and your taste buds and bring precious memories. Take advantage of the Christmas time for a gourmet and festive shopping.The old town of Annecy, with its narrow streets, has shops since the Middle Ages. Come and tread upon their pavements and discover the extraordinary richness of the local flavors. On Tuesday and Friday, the food market stands. On Sundays you can also find clothes and handicrafts.On the Place François de Menthon is held every...

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The Castle of Menthon-Saint-Bernard

Overlooking the lake and the Geneva road from its rocky spur (In Celt, Menthon means "house on the rock"), the castle of Menthon-Saint-Bernard is one of the architectural treasures of the Savoy and a real book of history in open air.Actually, it is almost a thousand years of Savoy history that you can read there, from its edification in simple lookout  until today.In the 12th century, three high towers were built on its rock to keep a close eye on the lake route, the Aravis valley and the Bluffy pass. The inhabitants of the neighborhood came to take refuge in the court in time of war....

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Handicraft, know-how and traditions in Annecy

The lake of Annecy, land of art and history, has seen for centuries excellence know-how, some of which are sought in the four corners of the world.Thus, in Sévrier, the Paccard museum puts the spotlight on  the family expertise of the foundry of the same name, now world leader in church bells and chimes. Open all year, it suggest the visitors to discover the art campanaire thanks to guided tours of the museum but also workshops. Attend the slide of the bell and fairy chimes concerts!In Saint-Jorioz, La Poterie du Lac carries on the know-how of the Hertz family, who moved to Annecy at...

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Water sports in Annecy

Annecy is the perfect holiday destination for lovers of water sports. On the lake or in the mountains, give free rein to all your desires. Water-skiing, stand-up paddle, sailing, pedalo, canoe-kayak, canyoning and rafting: you have several choices!The sailing school of Annecy opens its doors to all sailors, seasoned or beginners. Sailing boat, dinghy, optimist, catamaran, windsurfing, alone or accompanied by professionals ... hoist the sails and go to discover this lake and all the wonders it conceals.The towns along the lake also offer numerous water activities. In Sevrier, for example,...

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The Savoyard gastronomy

During your stay in Annecy, run the restaurants and local markets to discover the culinary specialties: Savoy cheeses, wines, cold meats and desserts of the region.Did you know ? The higher the altitude, the more fruity the cheese extracted from its milk is. If its pasture is in valley, the taste will be stronger. In Annecy, you have many choices with regard to the cheeses. Milk of cow, goat or sheep. Pressed, cooked, soft or creamy. You probably know the Emmental, Tomme, Reblochon, Beaufort, Vacherin and its strapping in wild cherry bark. But have you ever tasted the tamier, made by the...

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The beaches of Lake Annecy

Skiing, paragliding, diving, canyoning, hiking make your head spin? You can also choose to veg out quietly in one of the many beaches that Lake Annecy offers.In summer, the temperature of the water is 23 degrees on average. Do not forget your swimsuit: Lake Annecy, which is the purest water in Europe, is bordered by beaches as beautiful as welcoming - and often monitored during the summer. Most have restaurants or snacks. watch out: some are chargeable.In Annecy itself, the Marquisats beach, bordered by a lawn, is very appreciated by locals. Equipped with showers and toilets, it is...

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Fauna and flora of the Lake Annecy

Lake Annecy and its surroundings are rich in beautifully preserved fauna and flora, a real green treasure for the region, which attracts many lovers of nature.Several nature reserves have made it possible to maintain the local ecosystem, notably at the southern tip of the lake, the Bout-du-Lac reserve, created in 1974. Bathed by two rivers, l’ Ire and l’ Eau morte” is an area of ​​refuge for many species. Do not forget your binoculars! You will be able to observe, in their natural environment, the tufted duck, the crested grebe on its floating nest moored with the reeds, as well as numerous...

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Diving in Annecy

Slip your flippers on and throw yourself in the crystal clear water of the purest lake of Europe, whose bottom reserves  many surprises for you... Lake Annecy offers several diving spots.Just below the cliffs of the nature reserve of Roc de Chère, the waters hide a magnificent fall (rocky underwater wall) about forty meters deep. The fauna and flora are very rich, you may even find, in the autumn, small jellyfishes. Towards -20 meters, you can discover a rift and, on the ground, small wrecks on a bed of vase.You can also choose to dive a little further north in Duingt. The beauty of...

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Discover Lake Annecy by bike

During your stay at Lake Annecy, forget the car and the traffic jam,  and ride your bikes!In the early 1990s, the departments of Savoie and Haute Savoie furthered the construction of  greenways reserved only for cyclists, pedestrians and rollers. Today, there are no less than 110 routes  available to cyclists in Savoie Mont Blanc.Annecy is not to be outdone: an ecological and economical alternative, the bike has been put in the spotlight  for several decades by the city, which now offers a service of urban bikes, "Vélonecy" practical and inexpensive. Many brands also...

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The Ancileviennerie

Are you curious to discover Savoyard folklore? Are you lovers of  local craft? Passionate about farm animals or simply greedy? Rendez-vous in October in Annecy-le-Vieux for the Ancileviennerie. Also called “Fête d'automne” ( Feast of Autumn) and - formerly - Foire d'Albigny, this great event puts the spotlight on the best of Savoyard traditions every year. More than 100 exhibitors meet to present their products - crafts, culinary specialties, etc ... Come and observe animals in a mini-farm reconstituted for the occasion and initiate yourself to the traditional threshing, bread making...

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Skiing in Annecy

Less than one hour from the slopes, Annecy is a destination of choice for lovers of ski and winter sports. La Clusaz, Grand Bornand, Flumet, Crest Voland, Les Aillons: there are many ski resort easily accessible from the city, for all desires and all costs.Only 20 minutes from Annecy, discover the family ski resort of Semnoz, which offers, besides skiing, many sports activities: snowshoeing, tobogganing, etc ...At 25 km from Annecy, the small resort of Manigod offers 25 km of slopes (downhill skiing and cross-country skiing), at the bottom of the summit of the Etale.Approximately 30km from...

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The celebration of the Lake of Annecy

As early as the 16th century, the city of Annecy organized large nautical and pyrotechnic shows in honor of the sovereigns who came to visit it.In 1860, when the county of Savoy was attached to France, Napoleon III celebrated the event by staying a few days in Annecy with the Empress Eugenie. It was on this occasion that he offered the city its first steamboat, the "Crown of Savoy".The Annéciens, desirous of receiving their new sovereign worthily, decided to organize on August 29 a great Venetian festival in his honor. The architect Ignace Monnet was in charge of choreographing an...

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The fortified manor houses in Annecy

The fortified manor houses are high places of the history of Annecy and its surroundings. Discover their destinies and their distinctive features by travelling the region.More than mere residences, but not yet really castles, the fortified manor houses were born in France at the end of the 12th century, on the outskirts of the country towns. Properties of the cadets or of the parents of the great seigneurial families, they had a significant economic and defensive role. Today they are the pride of the towns and villages of Savoie. Particular locality: a certain number of them were fortified,...

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Hiking in Annecy

Breathtaking panoramas, beautifully preserved flora, wild animals but not likely to be fierce, the lake which sparkles in the course of each path and above all this sensation of absolute freedom: there are a thousand reasons to walk around the lake Of Annecy. Hikers, you will get many choices: sporting trail, family walking, special hiking "postcard photographs", etc ... No reason to stay bubbling at the beach!For families with children, try the Roc de Chère hiking in Talloires. You will cross a great diversity of landscapes: meadows with orchids, Mediterranean forest, peat bog, etc ......

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The Annecy Animated movie Festival

Lovers of animation, rendezvous in June in Annecy, where more than 9000 professionals of the sector meet every year.Born in the 1960s, the Festival of Animated Movie of Annecy is today the international reference in the matter. It attracts more visitors - both general public and professional.Come to admire the latest animated nuggets, discover the new talents who will get themsleves talked about sooner and meet the most celebrated ones. For five days, immerse yourself in the wonderful world of animation, in a professional and festive atmosphere: run the previews, enjoy outdoor screenings,...

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