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Destination guide

Enjoy a local experience with Annecy holiday lets

Bursting with shimmering canals, stone bridges and medieval architecture, Annecy lives up to its reputation as the "Venice of the Alps." The picturesque town is set on the shores of Lac d'Annecy, a crystalline spring-fed lake dotted with white swans and wooden pleasure boats. Spend your time strolling around the cobblestone Old Town, touring lakeside chateaus and devouring sumptuous Haute-Savoie cuisine. Whether you're planning an intimate couple's retreat or a family getaway, Annecy holiday lets promise a local experience in this captivating slice of south-eastern France.

History

Discover medieval France with Annecy holiday homes

Cobblestone streets, pastel-coloured houses and glassy canals make Vieille Ville look like it's been plucked from a medieval fairy tale. Chateau d'Annecy towers over Vieille Ville and is the town's signature attraction. While it once served as a residence for the Counts of Geneva, today it houses an eclectic collection, featuring everything from Savoyard antiques to contemporary paintings. From the top, you'll enjoy sweeping views over the terracotta rooftops of the Old Town and the rugged peaks of the Massif des Bauges. Palais de l'Isle, floating in Canal du Thiou, is another Annecy icon. The island fortress was raised in the 14th century and now showcases medieval coins, modern art and other memorabilia. After a day of sightseeing, retreat to your Annecy holiday home for a well-deserved wine and cheese tasting session.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Annecy

Are you hoping to discover attractions to visit while you're in town? Venture out of your holiday home and experience everything that makes Annecy a fun place to get away to. These are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Station Roller (1 mi / 1.5 km)
  • Belvedere Golf (4.4 mi / 7 km)
  • Lake Annecy Golf Course (5 mi / 8.1 km)
  • Les Passagers du Vent (5.5 mi / 8.9 km)
  • Tactiq Aventure (9.9 mi / 15.9 km)
  • Kart Parc (10.4 mi / 16.7 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Annecy

Whether you're an active traveller or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in Annecy. Here are some of the area’s most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Jardins de I'Europe (0.3 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Plage Municipale de Menthon Saint Bernard (3.8 mi / 6.2 km)
  • Lake Annecy (4.1 mi / 6.7 km)
  • Gorges du Fier (4.6 mi / 7.4 km)
  • Cret de Chatillon (7.2 mi / 11.6 km)
  • La Tournette (9.1 mi / 14.6 km)
How to get there

Transport options to and around Annecy

Fly into Chambery (CMF-Chambery - Savoie), the closest airport, located 21.5 mi (34.7 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Geneva (GVA-Cointrin Intl.), which is 22.9 mi (36.8 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, make your way to Annecy Station or Pringy Station and explore the city from there.

How to get around

Getting around Annecy from your holiday rentals apartment

Annecy is best explored on foot, especially around the heavily pedestrianised Old Town, also known as Vieille Ville. Stay in the heart of the city with exclusive Annecy holiday rentals just steps from a bevy of atmospheric bistros, cafes and boutiques. Flat terrain and a network of cycling trails make bicycles an appealing way to explore the lakeshore. Alternatively, rent a rowing boat and paddle around one of the clearest lakes in Europe. If you're planning to visit nearby ski areas, like La Clusaz, it's best to rent a car. Annecy is a 5.5-hour drive from Paris and 45 minutes from Geneva. Trains arrive at Gare d'Annecy, located just outside Vieille Ville.

Food & drink 

Bite into Haute-Savoie fare in Annecy

Haute-Savoie cuisine is inspired by an Alpine setting and relies on calorie-loaded ingredients, like cheese, potatoes and pork. Special occasions call for wine-soaked meals at one of Annecy's haute Michelin-starred restaurants. Crisp dry whites from Jacquere and peppery reds from Mondeuse are just some of the local drops on offer. By day, bite into regional delicacies at the Old Town Market, where open-air stalls lure shoppers with artisan cheese, sizzling pan-fried frog legs, spicy cured sausages and tureens of wild mushroom stew. Don't leave without sampling Reblochon, a creamy cows'-milk cheese made in the Haute-Savoie region. Annecy holiday rentals are the perfect excuse to experiment in the kitchen and prepare your own Savoyard specialties. For breakfast, stock up on flaky pastries at your local patisserie.

Essential info

Essential info for your Annecy holiday rentals stay

  • Stock up on euros at local ATMs, which usually offer the best exchange rates
  • Hotels in Annecy can be expensive, so why not save your budget and experience the city through a local lens with a self-contained Annecy holiday rental apartment?
  • Restaurants and cafes will often include a 15% "service compris", so there's no need to tip unless you're thrilled with the service
  • Venture out of the city to explore nearby gems, like Plage St Jorioz, a sandy Blue Flag beach set on the shores of Lac d'Annecy
  • Visit in spring or autumn to beat the summer crowds and enjoy Annecy at a laid-back pace

How many holiday rentals are available around Annecy?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,458 holiday lettings around Annecy. From 54 chalets to 61 villas, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a mountainside property in Annecy?

Nestle yourself in the mountains and be ready for sublime sunrises, extraordinary stargazing and a ton of fresh air. HomeAway has no less than 580 alpine rentals available. Of course, that might not be for everyone. Fortunately, HomeAway has heaps of other choices, including:

  • 572 lakeside holiday accommodation options.
  • 418 beach holiday accommodation options.
  • 326 village holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Annecy?

If you're looking for space to spread out, chill out and maybe even cook up a dinner or two, you're going to love walking up to your very own apartment. HomeAway has 865 for you to browse through here. If you make your reservation early, you could be spending as little as £33 per night. If that doesn't match your group's taste, we have a range of different self-catering accommodation options to select from, such as:

  • House: 362 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £30 per night.
  • Villa: 71 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £37 per night.
  • Chalet: 57 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £30 per night.

Can I stay in Annecy in a large group?

The recipe for a wonderful getaway is catching up with friends and family in an exciting new place. If you'll be travelling with a big group, HomeAway can help you. Why not browse through the 176 apartment holiday rentals listed here? They're the most popular choice for large groups of visitors. Rental properties in the area that can cater for large groups include:

  • If yours is a party of 6, we have 546 rental properties ideal for that size. Spend a night from just £30.
  • Keen to find a holiday rental for 8 guests? We have 296 that will suit. You can get one for as low as £77 a night.
  • Going away with 5 guests? We've got 192 rental accommodation that fit the bill. Prices begin at just £35 a night.

So don't fret! When you travel with us you'll be able to bring your dad, your grandma and all your besties to Annecy.

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Annecy?

Friends are the family we choose for ourselves. Rejuvenate the bonds with those who truly matter and plan a budget-friendly holiday with HomeAway. You always know there's an irresistible deal awaiting you in or around Novel. With 163 holiday rentals available at an average price of £89 a night, a stay in this well-known area is bound to get your getaway off to an awesome start!

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