Holiday in Annecy

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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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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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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