The mountains and crystal-clear lake make the perfect backdrop for the numerous beaches on Lake Annecy. Although you’re in the heart of the mountains in the Aravis resorts, you’re just a short drive from some stunning beaches!
Lake Annecy is the cleanest lake in Europe, and boasts many beautiful beaches, from quiet bays to busy promenades with lots going on. In this post, we will be highlighting some of the best beaches on Lake Annecy so you can make the most of the gorgeous landscape. Read on to find out more…
Can you swim in Lake Annecy?
Yes! The water temperature can reach between 22°C to 24°C in summer (and sometimes even higher!), making swimming in Lake Annecy perfect for a refreshing afternoon.
The Best Beaches on Annecy Lake…
Here’s our pick of the best you can visit when staying in one of our Lake Annecy villas with a pool. Please note, however, that dogs are not allowed on the beaches surrounding Lake Annecy. Be sure to double-check before going for a swim with your four-legged friend!
Please also note that some car parks around the lake require you to pay throughout the summer months.
Discover your next favourite Annecy beach below…
This is the largest beach on the lake and is set close to the road around the lake. There is a large grassed area with floral borders as well as a pier. Albigny is the home of the rowing club, and can be found next to the Imperial Palace park, with free access. It’s a great beach for children as the lake bed here is gently sloping and covered in sand. Lifeguards are on duty all summer, and there are showers, restaurants and car parks.
Plage de L’Imperial
You will find lots going on at this particular spot! There are changing cabins and lockers available, as well as a diving board, slide, and a small pool. Other facilities include playgrounds, beach volleyball, table tennis, swings, and a clay tennis court. There is also a restaurant and snack bar, and parking is available nearby. Access is free of charge.
Plage des Marquisats
This beach is a wide grass strip popular with locals from the start of the summer. As a result, it can get crowded, but it’s free and close to the city. The grassy beach is shaded by trees and is close to the sailing, canoe and kayak and rowing clubs, as well as bus stops and the cycle path.
Plage Municipale, Sevrier
Facilities include showers and toilets, as well as a snack bar and restaurant on site. This is a great place to sunbathe, with views of Dents de Lanfon and La Tournette! A ramp and floating chair are available for those with restricted access to enter the water, and the sailing club and canoe club are close by. This beach is also directly accessible from the cycle path.
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This is a natural sand beach with a children’s pool and games, diving board, lawn, pétanque, beach volleyball and parking. There is a snack bar and restaurant on-site, and a fee is payable during July and August when lifeguards are on duty. Both the beach and the water are accessible to those with restricted mobility, and floating chairs are available.
Plage Municipale, Duingt
There is free entry to this beach, plus lifeguards are present in July and August. The grass beach is partially shaded and has fantastic views of the Chateau Ruphy and Talloires. The Plage Municipale is situated close to the cycle path, the diving school and the sailing school, so it’s easy to try other activities if you want a break from the beach.
Plage municipale, Talloires
A large expanse of undulating lawn with 200m of water frontage, Talloires beach also has a small pool and a children’s paddling pool, as well as beach volleyball. Parking is free, and there’s a toilet block, snack bar and restaurant – The Savoyard – which does really nice pizzas. There’s a jetty where you can jump into the water, plus scuba diving, kayaking, rowing and windsurfing are also available. There’s also an adventure park nearby, which has courses for all ages.
Plage d’Angon, Talloires
A grassy beach with shaded picnic spots and a stream, which is a natural paddling pool for toddlers. You don’t need to pay an entry fee for this beach, which has plenty of parking, lifeguard supervision, a toilet block and a snack bar at the entrance to the beach. Beach volleyball and bocce are available, and there are restaurants nearby.
Plage municipale, Menthon-St-Bernard
A grassy beach with plenty of large trees provides areas of shade for those who want to avoid too much exposure to the sun. Entrance is free all year except for July and August when the opening hours are from 10 am – 6 pm. Showers and toilets are available, as well as a paddling pool, games such as ping pong and a snack bar. Lifeguards are on duty. There are also pool-style metal steps for easy access to the water, plus a pontoon for diving.
Plage de la Brune,
Veyrier du Lac
There is free access at this beach, but a paying car park. Lifeguards are on duty in July and August from 11 am to 7 pm. The beach has a sandy waterfront that slopes gently towards the lake, there are also showers and toilets. Loungers are available free of charge for people with reduced mobility and there are restaurants nearby which can be easily accessed. There is also a play area for children.
Plage du Plant,
Another excellent option for families looking to dip their toes in the lake is the Plage du Plant in Veyrier-du-Lac. Entrance is free to this unsupervised beach, which is close to the sailing club.
OVO Network provides self-catered accommodation just as varied as your lakeside location. From high end apartments in the old town of Annecy to lakeside villas with direct access to the lake, you’re sure to find the perfect accommodation for your next summer holidays in France.