Our area is internationally renowned for its beautiful harmonious landscape and for the fantastic quality of the water in the lake which, thanks to the efforts made to protect it for over 50 years, is now the purest in Europe.

Visitors can enjoy a wide choice of sporting and cultural activities in both summer and winter in this wonderful setting. From water activities (such as swimming, sailing, water-skiing or diving) and cycling (thanks to a safe cycle route running alongside the lake for over 40km) to mountain activities (hiking, mountain biking, via-ferrata, canyoning or paragliding) – everything is possible !

The pure, clear water flows from the lake into the canals running through the “old town” (Annecy’s historic center), giving it its picturesque appearance of the “Venice of the Alps”.

Cultural activities

As for cultural activities, there are plenty of museum tours, castles, guided tours and exhibitions. In fact, Annecy and its suburbs have received the “Art and History” label.

Events in Annecy

To enjoy the Lake Festival, the Return from the Alpine pastures, the International Animation Film Festival, the Pyro concerts or the Venetian Carnival : come to Lake Annecy !

Around Lake Annecy, you won’t miss an opportunity to party !

All year round, sportive or cultural events, international or traditional events take place to make you spend unforgettable moments.

You also have to take part to the Main Events which give rhythm to the Lake’s seasons.

These big events sublimate our destination and will put you in the heart of fun, magic, shows…


Marked by this history, the local gastronomy has taken advantage of both the mountain traditions and the developments of tourism since 150 years : here the traditional mountain dishes get along with great gastronomic cuisine, illustrated by 5 chefs having received stars from the famous Guide Michelin.

The most famous local products are cheeses, the closest to Annecy are Reblochon and Tome des Bauges.

The lake itself offers fine fishes such as Féra or Omble Chevalier.

There is another important specialty : the chocolate factories are famous, in particular with the “Roseau” filled with mountain liqueur!

And just like almost everywhere in France, our 2 departments have an old wine making tradition, in particular renowned white wines like Apremont and Roussette.