Annecy: why visit the lake city in spring ?
Annecy is a pleasant city to visit, whatever the season. But if we had to choose one, it would certainly be spring. Between pleasant temperatures, various activities and a limited crowd, the reasons to visit the Venice of the Alps at this period are numerous.
The advantages of Annecy in spring
You compose your circuit around Annecy for your spring vacations ? Very good idea, because this season is probably the most pleasant to visit the lake city, especially during the months of April and May. We explain you why.
Get through the crowds and take advantage of more attractive prices
Staying in Annecy means avoiding the crowds in July and August, but also at the end of June. We won’t lie to ourselves, the city is not deserted. But you won’t have the impression of being cramped in the streets of the Old Town.
A rather pleasant feeling that will allow you to enjoy it fully.
Moreover, you will be able to find more easily an accommodation at a reasonable price, especially outside the periods of big events. A point not to be neglected which will perhaps allow you to aim for a more qualitative accommodation.
Enjoy the lake, but also the snow in the resort
Going in spring, for example during the April vacations, will allow you to enjoy both Lake Annecy and the snow in the Aravis resorts still open, such as La Clusaz or Grand Bornand. You will be able to hit the slopes for a few mornings between 10am and 1pm, before the snow turns to soup.
In the afternoon, all you have to do is to relax and enjoy the mildness of Annecy or the bike path around the lake. A beautiful program in perspective for sportsmen, but also for families who will be able to bask on the beaches of Albigny and Imperial or choose to visit the museum of the animated film.
Attend many events
Coming to Annecy in the spring, you can also take advantage of the numerous sports and cultural events that are not lacking at this period. Discover the dates of the main events:
The Maxi Race, from May 26 to 28
The Pentecost volleyball tournament on the Pâquier, May 28 and 29
If you are a sportsman, registrations are still open for both races. As for the FIFA, it is possible to apply for accreditation.
But then, what to do in Annecy in spring ?
All these advantages put together will certainly make you want to discover Annecy in spring. We now propose you some ideas of activities to realize during a stay in the Venice of the Alps.
Old town and local gastronomy
First place not to be missed during a spring vacation in Annecy, the Old Town. We recommend you to go in the morning, in order to enjoy the wake up and the deserted streets. On Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays, you will have the opportunity to discover the market between 7 am and 1 pm.
To fill up on local products.
And of course, take advantage of your stroll in the Old Town to taste the gastronomic specialties of Haute-Savoie in one of the restaurants located along the Thiou. Among them, Mamie Lise, an address well known by the inhabitants of Annecy, where you can enjoy your last raclette of the season.
Cycling around the lake
Then rent a bike and take the bike path to go around the lake of Annecy. A sporty activity that will help to eliminate raclettes and other sweets. Depending on your skills, choose an electric bike or not and count between 1 and 2 hours 30 minutes.
Don’t hesitate to stop on the beaches and soak your feet, especially if the snow is no longer present on the Tournette.
And for the little trick, it is better to make the tour of the lake in the direction Veyrier-du-Lac to Sévrier. You will avoid climbing the dreaded Talloires hill.
Discovering the villages by the lake
Who says tour of the lake by bike, says visit of the communes. Veyrier-du-Lac, Menthon Saint-Bernard, Talloires or Duingt, Saint-Jorioz or Sévrier, the choice is vast. If we had to choose one, it would certainly be Talloires.
Between the charm of the village and the bay, you will inevitably be under the spell.
Don’t hesitate to stop by the Abbey for a drink or at the Auberge du Père Bise store to bring back some souvenirs from your trip around the lake.