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Top 5 summer activities in Annecy

July 2023

Top 5 summer activities in Annecy

Annecy, a charming town in the French Alps, Haute Savoie, is renowned for its natural beauty and exciting summer activities. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or a "culture lover", Annecy offers plenty of options for making the most of summer. In this article, we'll explore the top five summer activities in Annecy, enabling you to plan your visit in the best possible way to make your stay in Annecy one of your best holidays ever.
Annecy is a popular destination in both summer and winter due to its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. With its magnificent lake, surrounding mountains and picturesque old town, Annecy offers unique experiences to suit all tastes. Here are the top five summer activities not to be missed when visiting Annecy, Haute Savoie.

Discover Lake Annecy by kayak

Lake Annecy is famous for summer attractions, and what better way to discover it than by kayak? Hire a kayak from one of the local kayak hire companies and set off on an adventure. Take a break on one of the peaceful beaches to relax or swim in the refreshing waters of the lake.

Remember to reserve your boat for one or more people. This activity is perfect for families.

To vary the water activities during your stay, we also recommend a boat trip, hiring a pedalo or paddle. 
Make your holiday a joyful adventure in one of France's most beautiful regions.

Couple en Kayak sur le lac d'Annecy 

A visit to Annecy Castle

The Château d'Annecy is a historic gem not to be missed. It's the perfect place to spend a rainy day or a hot summer's day.

Explore the castle's various rooms, which retrace the history of the region. Admire the medieval architecture and enjoy the panoramic views over the town, lake and surrounding mountains. 
Your stay in Annecy can be sporting, contemplative or cultural. It's up to you to choose and book according to your preference or desire, so that your holiday is just like you.

A walk through Annecy's old town 

The old town of Annecy, also known as the "Venice of the Alps", is a real gem. During your trip, discover alone, with friends or family its streets and discover the picturesque canals that run through it, or book a guide to accompany you on an exciting discovery of our destination. Soak up the warm atmosphere of the old town and explore its craft shops, art galleries and charming churches.

You'll love savouring an ice cream in front of the "Vieilles Prisons", or enjoying the market that brings Annecy's old town to life on some weekday mornings. Don't forget to charge your smartphone or take your camera, as you'll be able to take photos of every passageway you pass, to take away with you as holiday memories.
You'll leave with photos of the Thiou (the river that flows through Annecy's old town), the Old Prisons, the view of the mountains from one of the bridges in the old town and then photos of the changing and magnificent light over Annecy and its lake.
 vieille ville d'Annecy

Exploring the Jardins de l'Europe

The Jardins de l'Europe, close to Lake Annecy, offer a haven of peace and natural beauty. Admire the colourful flowerbeds and relax on the lush green grass. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Children will love it, and the whole family will be seduced by this activity between the town hall and Lake Annecy.

Hiking in the surrounding mountains

The mountains surrounding Annecy offer a multitude of hiking trails for all levels. Put on your hiking boots and set off on an adventure for an hour, half a day or a whole day. Whether you're a novice or an experienced hiker, you'll find trails to suit your abilities. Explore spectacular landscapes. The hiking trails will take you to alpine lakes, picturesque waterfalls and peaks offering unforgettable panoramic views.
The Parmelan, Mont Veyrier, the Cascade d'Angon, the Semnoz plateau and the Col de la Forclaz are all just a short drive from Annecy.
For those who would like to extend their stay by several days, Chamonix is a great place to explore and immerse yourself in the heart of Haute Savoie.
Are you unsure of which activities to choose from, each more exciting than the last? With our team, at the Boutik Hôtel, we will help you make your choice and discover Annecy and the surrounding area. Please feel free to ask us your questions when you reserve your bedroom so that we could guarantee the availability of a guide, for example.
You can also check out the suggestions from the Lake Annecy tourist office or consult the online review sites. 
Get ready to experience unforgettable moments in the heart of the French Alps, in Annecy, one of France's most beautiful destinations.