The picturesque town of Annecy is packed with things to do, places to eat, and sights to see. But how many days in Annecy is the perfect amount?
Ultimately, it depends on the time of year you visit and what activities you want to do. In this post, we cover activities to try, places to eat and must-see landmarks, for a 4-day itinerary in Annecy.
Read on to find the ideal itinerary for your stay in Annecy…
Day 1: Explore the town
To kick off your trip, we recommend simply wandering around the Old Town of Annecy and absorbing the stunning architecture. Stop off at the Boulangerie Rouge and choose from their incredible selection of bread and pastries to start your day. Then, it’s time to see the sights! Here are the top landmarks you need to see throughout your trip…
- Le Palais de I’Île
- Musée-Chateau D’Annecy
- Cathédrale Saint-Pierre
- Église Saint-François
- Les Jardins de l’Europe
- Le pont des Amours
You’ll build up quite the appetite whilst touring around the town! Luckily, there are endless places to eat and drink in Annecy, and plenty of regional specialities to sample. Read our Annecy food and drink guide to see our list of tried and tested bars and restaurants.
If you’re in Annecy on a Tuesday, Thursday, or Sunday (or all three!), the Annecy food market is a must. Fresh fruit and vegetables, spices, confectionery, and more are on offer. Our blog on the Annecy food market will prepare you with all you need to know before visiting.
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Day 2: Cycle around the lake
Cycling around Lake Annecy is an incredible way to make the most of your time there, in both summer and winter alike. There are various bike rental shops where you can hire a bike for the day, and if you want an even more leisurely ride, many now offer e-bike rental too. However, in summer they can get extremely busy, so it’s best to aim to get there early and head out on your ride before the queues kick in.
Keen cyclists can also head further afield into the Aravis mountains if they’re after some more challenging terrain.
In summer, why not pack a picnic and stop off at one of the beaches to enjoy your lunch with a view? If you’re leaving from the centre of Annecy, Doussard beach is a great halfway pitstop along the way.
Take a read of our dedicated cycling page to find out more.
Day 3: Try a new activity
In the summer, there’s a fantastic array of watersports to try, including stand-up paddleboarding, sailing, wakeboarding, boat rides, and more! Our blog post about Lake Annecy watersports is worth a read if you’re planning on trying some activities on the lake.
In the winter, (unless you’re very brave) you probably won’t be swimming in the lake. However, from March-November, why not take flight above the lake on a paragliding tour? Our partners at Activ’ Annecy offer flights from 85€ per person, many of our team have given it a go and loved it!
Day 4: Head into the mountains
Annecy is surrounded by magnificent mountain scenery. With resorts in the Aravis under an hour away, there’s no end of hikes, bike trails, and activities to try.
If you want to stay a little closer to home, then you should definitely consider visiting Le Semnoz. Located around 30 minutes by car from Annecy, it’s a fantastic place for a sunny walk in the summer months or a day of skiing in the winter. As it’s a very small ski resort, it’s perfect for a day trip if you want to have the best of both worlds.
If you don’t have your own ski equipment, you can hire it from Skiset in Le Semnoz. Similarly, if you aren’t planning on bringing your car to Annecy, then you can catch the bus from the station in Annecy, up to the resort.
So, how many days in Annecy is the ideal amount? Overall, we’d say 4 days is enough to explore the town and try a few different activities. However, especially if visiting in the summer season, you could easily spend a week or two in Annecy relaxing by the lake, trying the local restaurants, and discovering new activities.
If you’re heading to Annecy on your next holiday, be sure to check out our partner properties in the area. We work with a selection of properties both in the centre and by the lake, so there’s something for everyone!