Haute Savoie / France
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. The water temperature can reach between 22°C to 24°C in summer (and sometimes even higher!).
Here’s our pick of the best….
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, a pier and it’s the home of the rowing club and near to the Imperial Palace park. 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.
There’s an entrance fee for this beach in July and August, but there’s lots going on. There are changing cabins and lockers as well as a diving board and slide and a small pool. Other facilities include playgrounds, beach volleyball, table tennis, swings and a clay tennis court. There’s also a restaurant and snack bar, and parking is available nearby.
This beach is a wide grass strip, which is popular with locals from the start of the summer. As a result, it can get crowded in summer, but it’s free, and close to the city. As well as the free grassy beach, the only open-air pool complex (entrance fee) in Annecy is situated a short walk from the beach, with plenty of paid parking close by (there is a paddling pool for young children with water games, plus three supervised pools — the largest is 50m x 21m).
There’s an entrance fee in July and August, when lifeguards are on duty. Facilities include a playground, showers and toilets, and there’s 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 disabled access to the water, and the sailing club and canoe club are close by. This beach is also directly accessible from the cycle path.
This is a natural sand beach with children’s pool and games, diving board, lawn, golf, beach volleyball and free parking. There’s 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 the disabled, and floating chairs are available.
There is free entry to this beach, although there is no lifeguard supervision. 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 sailing school, so it’s easy to try other activities if you want a break from the beach.
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.
A grassy beach with shaded picnic spots and a stream, which is a natural paddling pool for toddlers. You 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.
A grassy beach with plenty of large trees providing areas of shade for those who want to avoid too much exposure to the sun. There is an entrance fee for this beach, which offers showers and toilets, 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 the water, plus a pontoon for diving. Beautiful lakeside promenade.
There is free access at this beach, but a paying car park. Lifeguards are on duty in July and August. The beach has a sandy waterfront that slopes gently towards the lake. Showers and toilets are available, and there’s a paddling pool for children. Floating chairs are available for the disabled, and there’s a snack bar and restaurant on site.
Entrance is free to this unsupervised beach, which is close to the sailing club.
Please note that dogs are not allowed on the beaches surrounding Lake Annecy, apart from at the smaller beach in Duingt.