Why I’m in Love With Annecy

Posted on 17. Feb, 2012 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, France

If you are looking for the perfect provincial getaway during your France holiday, visiting Annecy might be just the perfect thing to do. I’ve fallen in love with the place and visited it three times in 4 months! So what it is about Annecy, you ask?

Because it’s got amazing architecture.

Palais de l’Isle
Surroundings of the Thiou Canal

Because it’s in a perfect location.

The Savoie region is ideally located to visit a number of interesting places, starting East Lyon and the Beaujolais wineries,  South with the famous Provence, French Riviera and the French Alps, North with Geneva and the surroundings of its beautiful lake, and West with the Italian Alps. Really, you can’t go out of things to do around Annecy, even just a few minutes away!

Because its lake is one of the prettiest, largest and oldest lakes of France.

Yes, turquoise water outside the French Riviera! It looks so pure! The lake is also well-known for being one of the cleanest in Europe and boasts dozens of different species of birds.

Lake Annecy
Lake Annecy

Because it’s got history.

Annecy is located in the Savoie region, which, up until 1860, was  an independant state. It sometimes including northern Italy, sometimes Eastern Switzerland - talk about a mixed background! The area was also very popular during both the French revolution in the late 1700s, and earlier during the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. The famous medieval castle is definitely worth checking out too!

Because it has a village feel despite its actual size.

The “interesting” part of Annecy, if I may say, is actually pretty small and definitely gives the impression of being a tiny, medieval village you can wander in freely. The cheerful locals are always more than happy to interact and chat, and love helping tourists discover their beloved hometown - something you would not necessarily expect in a place with more than 50,000 inhabitants!

Because the local food is mouth-watering.

Yummy, eh?

Perhaps the best reason for visiting Annecy is the local food. I rarely had such a love affair like this! Between the Reblochon, Tome and other cheeses, saucissons secs, terrine, and the god-sent Savoyarde fondue, my taste buds are in overdrive and don’t know where to start. I have considered doing the 3 hour drive just to get a taste of that famous fondue- that says a lot considering I hated cheese fondue before having one in Annecy!

I am definitely looking forward to my next visit later this year. Annecy is one of, if not the best, option of countryside France and I cannot recommend it enough. The friendly locals, the delicacies and the amazing scenery are not something you will regret traveling for!

Have you been to Annecy or Savoie? What did you think of it? Do you know of other towns like this one in France? 

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15 Responses to “Why I’m in Love With Annecy”

  1. Peter Dudley

    17. Feb, 2012

    I was there in 1987 and absolutely loved it. Great food, especially the cheese. Hard to believe 25 years has passed since I was there. I guess I am due to go back!

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  2. Laura

    18. Feb, 2012

    Amazing views! Oh, and that cheese looks soooo delicious!

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  3. Audrey

    18. Feb, 2012

    I’ve never been but the place looks charming - especially that little castle on the water!

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  4. Alouise

    19. Feb, 2012

    I’ve never head of Annecy before but it sounds like a really interesting place. I love those photos of the Thiou canal.

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  5. Dang, three times in four months?! :P It actually looks really cute; I can’t wait until our housesit in France (in a tiny village w/ 64 people near-ish Toulouse) — I’m already dreaming of all the cheese and wine we’ll be eating.

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  6. Annecy looks absolutely lovely! Ahhh, the French countryside & small towns…I much prefer them to the big cities. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Cherina

    20. Feb, 2012

    Ah, how lucky you are to be able to head down to Annecy so often! I haven’t been there but would love to! Great to hear that you are enjoying Paris a little more too :)

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  8. Joe W

    24. Feb, 2012

    awesome journey, food and landscape look astounding, you keep having fun :)

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  9. Jaime Annecy

    24. Feb, 2012

    Great pictures ! Totally Annecy !

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  10. Jade - OurOyster.com

    25. Feb, 2012

    mmmmmmmmmmmm cheese fondue!

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  11. Andrew

    26. Feb, 2012

    I’ve seen a couple articles recently about this place. It looks beautiful and as the crow flies is so tantalizingly close to us. Yet it is more than 6 hours on the train due to the mountains, so out of reach for a short trip..

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  12. Alexa Meisler

    27. Feb, 2012

    All those reasons are enough to convince me that I should come to this place. Anything about France amazes me but to know that there’s a town that’s this beautiful makes me fall in love with the country even more.

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  13. @TravelEater

    02. Mar, 2012

    Love Annecy! Great photos and post. I went to my first 3 Michelin star restaurant near Annecy way back in the late 80s. Chateau de Pere Bise or something along those lines.. I was 18 and star-struck :-)

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  14. Andrea

    05. Mar, 2012

    I too love Annecy. It’s a great foodie destination!

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  15. cheryl

    07. Mar, 2012

    I haven’t been but wow, I want to go! So pretty!

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