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Annecy, the pleasures of leisure, 365 days a year

Annecy, the European capital of outdoor sports, certainly lives up to its international reputation among athletes. Here, the mountains, the sky and the water join together to offer everyone the perfect playground. There is no end of praise for its exhaustive offering whatever the season. Annecy is an exceptional, comprehensive destination combining accessibility and diversity – regardless of its visitors’ expectations. A true paradise painted in blue, white and green.

An immersion in a world of sensations

Annecy offers a fascinating list of lake-based leisure activities! Everything is possible, including fishing, sailing, water-skiing, diving, freediving, wake-surfing, stand-up paddle-boarding, kite-surfing, and catamaran sailing! But you can also indulge in a leisurely swim off any of the countless beaches on the banks of the lake, from Annecy to Talloires-Montmin, from de Veyrier-du-Lac to St. Jorioz, and from Annecy-le-Vieux to Menthon, Sevrier and Duingt. What’s more, the water in one of the clearest lakes in Europe averages 23°C in the summer.

Those looking for fun, eco-friendly, atypical or innovative thrills can now discover Thioupoo. Located on the River Thiou, the Annecy Wave surf school has created a surfing experience on a static, freshwater wave that changes with the current of the river. The perfect way to make unique, refreshing memories!

Alternative scenic routes

Why not just explore the lakeside by bike, on roller-skates, by scooter or on foot? The magnificent greenway around the blue lake is one of the oldest in France. It offers some 20 miles of ultra-safe cycle paths and 26 walking routes that run through villages and alongside beaches with spectacular viewpoints. Perhaps you prefer golf? In which case, try your hand at a memorable, technical course set in a nature reserve in Talloires (18 holes) or Giez (27 holes).

You can also take to the skies and the slopes to top up your energy and get some fresh perspective with via-ferrata climbing routes, canyoning, rafting, paragliding, hang-gliding, mountain biking, potholing, hiking, quad-biking and mountaineering. Push your limits, escape the daily routine, and experience new thrills. All around the lake just a few miles from Annecy, you will find all the sensations of the great outdoors you need to make your stay unforgettable.

The peak of big thrills in winter

Step back and take the time to appreciate some leisure time in a pristine setting. The local ski resorts, including Semnoz, Forclaz, Les Aillons, Flumet, Crest-Volland, Manigod, La Clusaz, Le Chinaillon, Le Grand-Bornand and Combloux, are all 20-45 minutes from Annecy. You can expect both classic winter activities (skiing, Nordic skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, etc.) and an original selection of unique experiences such as snowmobile rides, dog-sledding, skijoring and ice climbing. And at just 1 hour or more from Annecy, you will find the legendary resorts of the French Alps including Megève, Chamonix, Avoriaz, Flaine, Les Contamines and Les Gets… Get ready to rediscover the true excitement of skiing with panoramic views.