Just a few kilometers from Geneva, is this scenic lakeside town in France - Annecy, among the most romantic places in the world. Nestled in the southeastern France, Annecy has sensational views of the snowy peaks of the Alps, stretching on the beautiful turquoise lake Annecy.
Annecy is like a postcard, so-called ‘’the Venice of the Alps” thanks to its astonishing canals. Here are the top five reasons why you must visit Annecy, especially as winter approaches and the spectacular Aravis mountains are waiting for you!
1. Strolling along the canals of Annecy and La Vieille Ville
I think one of the most interesting activities you can do in Annecy is to get lost on its cobbled streets, wearing some comfortable shoes and your artistic spirit on! The Little Venice will take you along its bohemian canals dressed up with flowers and its houses painted in pastel colors. You will enjoy all kinds of bakeries, where the smell of goodies and coffee will haunt you all the way around.
2. Walking on Lake Annecy
The exoticism of lake will astonish your eyes and mind. Get ready for a Caribbean landscape with palm trees, a fabulous lake with shades of cyan and such a breeze ... wow! You can sit on the grass, maybe take a picnic, rent a bicycle, a paddleboat or take a cruise and make your way around the lake, or just walk and be amazed.
3. The Sunday Annecy market
This Sunday market is so beautiful and stretches along the old city center, loaded with so many goodies: fresh fruits and vegetables, colorful spices and scented flowers, all sorts of antiques and crafts, everything you need for a beautiful Sunday.
4. The Swiss Raclette
I associate this tasty dish with long winter evenings in front of the fireplace enjoying my mother's food. Here in Annecy, as throughout France and Switzerland, Raclette is a dish in great demand. Briefly, we are talking about a piece of melted milk cheese in front of an open fire which is scraped onto a plate, seasoned with potatoes, dried meats, pickled onions and gherkins. Yummy! Enjoy the Alps, while eating this fantastic dish in front of a fireplace in one of those cozy restaurants found in Annecy.
5, The Historic Castles and Palaces in Annecy
Palais de l’Isle (The Palace of the Island) sitting on a rock island about the same size as him, it was once a prison, built somewhere in the 12th century, so I am pretty sure its story will make you curious. The Château d'Annecy with its imposing towers and bastions seen from afar has an interesting architecture. The Renaissance-Gothic Cathedral St Pierre, which was the seat of the bishop of Geneva, features a stunningly beautiful architecture both outside and inside. Go on and take a look.