With its picturesque lake and surrounding mountains, Annecy has plenty of activities to keep you on your feet during your stay. And if you’re lucky to find yourself in the city with some nice weather, you might be wondering: can you cycle around Lake Annecy?
The answer is yes! In this blog post, we will be going over how long it takes, where to hire a bike, what to take with you, as well as some of the best places to stop along the way.
Read on to discover everything there is to know about cycling around the lake!
How long does it take to cycle around Lake Annecy?
Whilst the ride around the lake is relatively easy, the length might seem quite daunting! The 42km cycle path generally takes around 3 hours to complete without stopping. However, you might want to make the most of the beautiful scenes to stop by the beaches or grab a bite – or you might simply need a break after the short climbs!
The ride is a great length for less experienced cyclists, as well as families looking for a day out near the water. Most of the cycle path is separate from the road, making it safe for kids; however, there are a few sections that require you to cycle on the main road, so be mindful of traffic!
Where to hire a bike
Before you set off, you will need a bike! If you haven’t brought your own, don’t panic – there are plenty of options to hire a bike in Annecy. Roul’ ma poule, Cyclable or Vélonecy are all great affordable options to get a set of wheels for the day.
Alternatively, you can opt to get your bikes delivered directly to your chalet. Bycyclet is a great option for this, as they offer a range of different high-quality bikes to be delivered straight to your doorstep!
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What to take with you
Although cycling around Lake Annecy might seem like a relatively short day out, you may decide to stop for some sightseeing, try out some watersports, or even for some food along the way. This can make your day last a bit longer than expected, which is why it’s important to prepare accordingly!
Other than the cycling essentials – helmet, bike lights, and a flat kit – you’ll need to pack some water and food. Even if you’re not planning on picnicking, having a few protein bars on hand is always a good idea to make sure you enjoy your day out!
If you’re heading out during spring or summer, or even just a sunny day in general, be sure to bring some sunscreen as most of the cycling path isn’t shaded. And, if you’re planning on stopping by one of the lakeside beaches, be sure to pack a swimsuit and a clean towel, as well as a fleece or something warm in case you feel chilly after swimming in the lake or return in the evening.
Places to stop around Lake Annecy
There are many great spots around Lake Annecy. One great way to take a break while taking in the breathtaking scenery is by picnicking on one of the many Annecy beaches at the side of the lake. These are perfect stops to cool off under the mountaintops!
You will also cycle through several towns around the lake. Talloires is one of the larger ones, with some elegant restaurants overlooking the clear waters; you can also head down to the lakefront, which has several small beaches with lovely views of the Château Duingt on the other side of the lake.
Other notable stops include Duingt’s beautiful lakeside château, the Oasis in Sévrier, as well as some excursions away from the lake such as the Ermitage de St-Germain, a 19th-century chapel and pilgrimage site overlooking Talloires.
If you’re feeling more ambitious, head up to the Col de la Forclaz or even the Montagne de Semnoz for some wonderful views of the lake and its’ surrounding mountains! (Note that these routes are particularly steep and may be better suited to more experienced cyclists).
Cycling around Lake Annecy is an absolute must-try if you’re staying in the city. The cycle path is open all year round and a winter loop around Lake Annecy is just as stunning as the summer, making this the perfect activity to try all year round!
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