Capital of the Haute-Savoie, mountain and seaside resort at the same time, Annecy stands out for its elegance. It is a jewel of a small town situated north of a lake with pure waters where the Alps are reflected. A chic and delicious destination. Stamped City of Art & History, Annecy offers a picturesque medieval centre with its canals and bridges. The Palais de l'Île, a former 12th century fortified house, appears as a prow on an islet of Thiou, a short river that waters the city in two charming arms: the Port and the Canal du Vassé. Hence the nickname "Venice of the Alps" given to Annecy. The banks of the Thiou River are lined with adorable boutiques that make the old pedestrian centre a distinguished shopping spot. Annecy, at the foot of the Bornes and Bauges massifs, both lakeside and alpine, displays the same pluralism in its culture. Known by cinephiles for hosting the International Animation Film Festival, it also offers the very spectacular Lake Festival. On the heights of the city, historical symbol of Annecy, the castle built between the 12th and 16th century was inhabited by the Counts of Geneva, then those of Savoy. Now communal, it houses a museum and the Regional Observatory of the Alpine Lakes. In the land of Marc Veyrat, the starred chef with the black hat, good tables and pleasant terraces also hold visitors back. So should I go with fried fish or fondue savoyarde? Pedal boat on the water or dive into the lake. Visiting a museum or discovering a nature reserve? The ancient city never ceases to seduce you.

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When to go to Annecy?

No off-season in Annecy. The city is alive all year round and every season has its charm. Small budgets will avoid the summer when accommodation and restaurant prices are soaring. It is difficult to find free accommodation during the weekend of the lake festival at the beginning of August, unless you book well in advance. Also, but to a lesser extent, at the International Animation Film Festival in June. Autumn and spring are the low season at the most affordable rates. Fewer tourists, but still cultural activities and all the tables and shops open. In summer, Annecy is a seaside resort, inviting you to enjoy water sports and hiking along the riverbanks. In winter, the reflection in the lake of a snow-covered mountain setting creates a very special magic. We then visit the city in down jacket and stuffed shoes before sitting down in front of a Savoyard fondue. It is also the season when Annecy is a remote and chic base camp to test several ski resorts in Haute-Savoie.

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