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The best flying activities around Lake Annecy

September 2023

The best flying activities around Lake Annecy

Annecy, in the French Alps, is an ideal destination for outdoor activities. With its magnificent lake, majestic mountains, the region offers a wealth of exciting outdoor activities. In this article, we'll explore the best flying activities around Lake Annecy.

In Annecy, there are land-based activities, water-based activities and air-based activities.

Annecy, its town, lake and mountains offer an unlimited playground for nature lovers.
In this article we won't go into detail about the many water-based activities (paddle, yoga paddle, pedalo, boat, e-foil, wakeboard, water-skiing, canyoning...), nor will we focus on the countless land-based activities (hiking, via ferrata, road biking, mountain biking, golf...). We'll concentrate on air sports, which promise you an exclusive visit, an unprecedented discovery, seen from the sky.

Paragliding : Fly over the Alps and Lake Annecy

Discover the freedom of paragliding in Annecy

Paragliding is one of the most popular outdoor activities in Annecy. 

It's a unique experience that will give you a feeling of freedom and adrenalin. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced pilot, there are options to suit all levels. You can choose a two-seater flight with a qualified instructor, or take a course to learn to fly independently. 

Where can you go paragliding in Annecy?

Several sites around Annecy are well known for paragliding. The Col de la Forclaz and the Planfait site are two of the most popular. These sites offer ideal conditions, with steady winds and spectacular landscapes. Local paragliding schools offer guided flights and courses for all levels. 
Annecy is Europe's busiest paragliding site. The aerological conditions are exceptional and you can fly all year round. In fact, the first paragliding flights were held in Haute Savoie in 1978.
Here is a list of some partners based in Annecy who offer various activities in the air:

  • Annecy folie - Delta Evasion
  • Takamaka
  • Activ Annecy 

This is a very popular activity, so we recommend that you book your flight as soon as you book your accomodation.

Helicopter flight: Explore Annecy, its town and lake from the sky

Get a panoramic view of Annecy by helicopter

A helicopter flight is a unique way to discover Annecy and the surrounding area. You can fly over the lake, mountains and picturesque villages, while admiring the breathtaking views. Experienced pilots will provide commentary on the sights and local attractions. It's a luxurious and memorable experience.

Where can I book a helicopter flight in Annecy?

Several companies offer helicopter flights to Annecy. You can book your flight in advance. Be sure to check weather conditions before booking, as they can affect flights.
Here is a list of some partners offering helicopter flights near Annecy:

  • Alpes Hélicoptères (up to 6 people) 
  • Savoie Hélicoptères (5 to 6 people)
Pilots will share their passion for the Haute-Savoie with you.

Skydiving: Amazing experience in Annecy

Experience the adrenalin of skydiving

In Annecy, you can skydive and enjoy an unforgettable freefall over breathtaking scenery. You'll be accompanied by an experienced instructor who will guide you throughout the experience and you'll feel like you're plunging into one of the purest lake in Europe, Lake Annecy. 

Where can you skydive in Annecy?

Few skydiving centres are available in Annecy, offering tandem jumps for beginners and training courses for those wishing to become independent skydivers. Certified instructors will ensure a safe and exciting experience.
Here are some partners who offer skydiving in Annecy:

  • Delta Evasion
  • Activ Annecy

Hot-air balloon ride: See Annecy from above

Take to the skies on a hot-air balloon ride

A peaceful way to enjoy Annecy. You'll be amazed as you see the landscape from above, floating in the sky. Hot air ballooning offers panoramic views and a peaceful experience suitable for all ages. It's the perfect activity for photography enthusiasts who want to capture spectacular images. At the start of the day, you'll enjoy the tranquillity of nature. Emotion will drive you during this flight over Annecy and its lake. 

Where can I book a hot-air balloon ride in Annecy?

You can book your experience in advance and choose from different options. Be sure to check the weather conditions, as they can affect flights.

Here are some partners who offer hot air balloon flights over Annecy:

  • La Compagnie des ballons 
  • Montgolfières du Mont-blanc 

vol de montgolfière  

Annecy offers a variety of outdoor activities that allow visitors to take full advantage of the region's natural beauty. Air activities offer a unique way to visit Annecy and its lake. Whether you want to feel the adrenalin of paragliding and skydiving, or prefer a peaceful experience in a hot-air balloon or helicopter, there's something for everyone. So get ready for an unforgettable experience in Annecy, Haute-Savoie.

Don't hesitate to read our other articles and check out our suggestions to visit Annecy and its lake.