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  • Lake Annecy

    Lake Annecy

    © Hemis.fr

  • Lake Annecy

    Lake Annecy

    © Hemis.fr

  • Lake Annecy

    Lake Annecy

    © Hemis.fr

  • Lake Annecy

    Lake Annecy

    © Only France

  • Lake Annecy

    Lake Annecy

Also known as the “Blue Lake”, Lake Annecy, at the heart of the Savoy Alps, offers a wide range of sport and leisure activities: it is a very popular location with cyclists, windsurfers and divers, who come to admire the unique lake sites. As well as an extraordinary landscape, it also takes pride in being one of the cleanest and purest lakes in the world.

Lake Annecy was formed 18,000 years ago, when large alpine glaciers melted. It owes its reputation to its extraordinary location, which has been the inspiration of many artists. The impressionist painter Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), inspired by the light that bathes the site and is reflected in the turquoise water, immortalised the lake with his renowned oil painting, Le Lac bleu (the Blue Lake) in 1896.

Well-Protected Environment

Lake Annecy benefits from a rich and protected environment. To the delight of recreational fishing enthusiasts, it is the home of around twenty species of fish, including Féra and Arctic char, as well as crayfish. The lake also offers a wide range of nautical activities. During the summer, the water reaches an average temperature of 22° to 25°C, and embankments have been built to create a safe environment for swimming.

Windsurfing and Diving

Several areas are reserved for windsurfers, who can benefit from the winds and mountain breezes. Lake Annecy is increasingly used for scuba diving. Underwater archaeological sites (dating back to the Neolithic era) can be explored, as well as wreckage, such as the old France ship, which mysteriously sank in 1971 and now rests 42 metres below.

Cyclists Paradise

Lake Annecy is also the ideal place for bike rides and rollerblading. A cycle path has been built along the shore of the lake, covering a distance of 28 miles. Free from traffic, it is one of the most popular cycle routes in France. The course around Lake Annecy was even used for the 18th stage against-the-clock circuit during the 2009 Tour de France.

Every year, this cycle path is the location for “l'Ancilevienne”, a bike race involving teams of two. One runs while the other cycles, with roles then being reversed, and the aim of the race is to complete the route in the quickest time possible.

Art of Living and Haute Cuisine

Lake Annecy is synonymous with friendliness and the art of living. It is primarily a Mecca for French cuisine. Four great Michelin-starred chefs have establishments on the shore.

It is also a place renowned worldwide for the quality of regional dishes, such as la tartiflette (a reblochon cheese and potato bake), and its artisan products, such as le reblochon (a type of cheese) and les crozets (buckwheat pasta squares).

Fête du lac d'Annecy (Lake Annecy Festival)

Finally, each year, on the first Saturday evening in August, the lake serves as a stage for Europe's biggest firework display. During la Fête du Lac d'Annecy (the Lake Annecy Festival), over 200,000 spectators gather around the lake to witness an 80 minute firework display, which is accompanied by music, lights and special effects in an extraordinary and timeless location.