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News Stay in Annecy in May for 3, 4 or 5 days

May 2024


This year, the May's bank holidays (in the middle of the week) offer the opportunity to get away for several days! So make the most of it!


Annecy, the jewel in the crown of the French Alps, is an enchanting destination that's well worth (re)discovering. With its picturesque canals, cobbled streets and crystal-clear lake, Annecy offers an unforgettable experience for travellers in search of natural beauty, culture and gastronomy.
Whether you have 3, 4 or 5 days to explore this magnificent territory, here's a guide to help you make the most of your stay in the heart of Haute-Savoie. Depending on the length of your stay and your desires, you can combine the ideas as you wish. 

DAY 1: Discover the city of Annecy

Start your adventure by strolling through the medieval streets of Annecy's old town. Stroll along the canals of the Thiou, lined with colourful half-timbered houses, and discover the "Palais de l'Île", a former prison in the heart of the city and a real picture-postcard icon of the "Little Venice of the Alps".

Every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday morning, take advantage of the market to discover local and regional products.
Another, more modern part, with a wide range of shops, promises a great day of shopping and discoveries. If the weather isn't fine, the Courier indoor shopping arcade and the Nouvelles Galeries shopping arcade invite you to take a stroll.


DAY 2: Exploring Lake Annecy

This is one of the region's most beautiful jewels. Rent a bike to cycle around the lake or take a boat to explore its picturesque shores.
Stop off at Talloires, nicknamed "The Pearl of the Lake", a village on the eastern shore along the water that dazzles with its charm. Enjoy the spectacular views from the "Roc de Chère" lookout or relax on one of the white sandy beaches lining the lake to soak up the first rays of spring sunshine.


DAY 3: Spots not to be missed

The "Col de la Forclaz" is one of the most emblematic sites in the Annecy region, offering breathtaking views over the lake, often described as one of the most beautiful in Europe. At an altitude of 1157 metres, this path is a strategic link between the Faverges and Montmin valleys. The surrounding Alpine peaks form a majestic backdrop, particularly impressive at sunset.
It is also a Mecca for paragliding. Many enthusiasts come here to take to the skies and fly over the pristine waters and valley, offering a colourful spectacle in the sky.
The "Gorges du Fier" at Lovagny are a natural wonder not to be missed. Imagine walking along a footbridge suspended from the side of a cliff, overlooking a crystal-clear river that winds its way between impressive rock faces. You'll be surrounded by the raw beauty of nature, with the soothing sound of the water below.

DAY 4: Semnoz and Aravis wilderness adventure

With the arrival of spring, the ski slopes are transformed into hiking and mountain bike trails. For nature lovers, a day in the surrounding mountains is a must... hiking, tree climbing, paragliding, mountain biking...
Head to the Semnoz for a panoramic walk offering breathtaking views of the lake, the surrounding Alps and, weather permitting, Mont Blanc from Chamonix.
There are also numerous hiking trails starting from La Clusaz to discover the mountain lakes, for a breath of fresh air! The village also comes alive with a variety of events and festivals in spring. Whether it's open-air concerts, sporting competitions or gastronomic festivals, there's always something to do and see in this dynamic resort. 



DAY 5: Relaxation before departure

End your stay at Impérial Palace Annecy by relaxing on our lake-facing terraces or in the Cristal Spa wellness area. Book an Alpeor or Cinq Mondes treatment for a delicious moment of letting go... Enjoy a gourmet meal at La Brasserie where you can sample delicate dishes featuring fresh local produce.


Whether you spend 3, 4 or 5 days in Annecy, you'll fall under the spell of this enchanting town. With its breathtaking scenery, rich cultural heritage and delicious cuisine, Annecy offers an unforgettable experience for travellers. So get ready to be seduced by the timeless charm of the "Venice of the Alps".
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