Annecy is a commune in the South Eastern area of France and it needs to be added to your travel itinerary tout de suite! (Thank you Google translate for making me look like a classy gent who can speak French…). In any case, rather than go on and on about why you need a trip to Annecy in your life – I figured I’d show!

1.) Well to start – it looks like this… Easily one of the most colourful places to visit out there!

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2.) The view from the mountains is spectacular!

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3.) Even in the cold winter months, it still manages to look beautiful!

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4.) It’s great for outdoors activities…

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5.) …and particularly so if your preferred outdoor activities involves soaking in some sun rays tempered with occasional dips into the refreshingly cool lake.

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6.) Because you can have a smile as wide as these two. (Okay, the main point here is actually that the water actually gets warm enough to get your toes wet but aiming for a nice, cheesy holiday grin is not a bad idea at all.. 🙂 )

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7.) Because of those mountain goats!

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8.) And even on a grey days, the colours of Annecy will help make it seem like it’s not just about to rain! 🙂

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9.) Then there’s that lake too… (Lake Annecy)

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10.) Plus the fact that Annecy is a perfect place for afternoon picnics. Swiftly followed by naps and nursing of ‘food babies’!

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11.) Then there’s the castle – Château d’Annecy, which is so beautiful it had to be included twice! (Not really but it just seemed like one photo just wouldn’t do).

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12.) The landscape backdrops are pretty impressive!

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13.) And the pace of life here is nice and relaxed…

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14.) And then there’s the matter of how clear the water in the lake is… Like see-through clear!

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15.) Even the canals are absolutely clean and clear!

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And there you have it, 15 reasons why you need to visit Annecy in the South of France.

Now over to you – have you ever been to Annecy (or are you planning to)? If you’ve been, what did you think? Give us all the lowdown from your trip! 🙂

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  • Cat

    Goats and a castle? That’s my kind of place! I recently went to Avignon (kind of close…? My geography isn’t the best) and was blown away by how perfectly fairytale-like it was. Can’t beat SoF for that!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Haha! Yes indeed. Yeah, the SoF definitely has some gems!

  • Annecy is absolutely stunning. I visited last summer on a trip to the Alps with my Sixth Form which gave us just a day to explore the town – it totally wasn’t enough time though and your photos have made me want to go back and explore the mountains and castle some more 🙂

    http://www.farawaylucy.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Nice! You have to go back. It’s always nice to be able to explore without the pressure of rushing through it. ?

  • This looks so beautiful, i think my bucket list is getting bigger.. oops.

    http://leannewinters.blogspot.co.uk

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Hahaha! ?:-)

  • Well, the first picture (actually every picture) was reason enough for me. This is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Can I ask maybe a weird question? What do you mean by commune?

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Commune doesn’t mean the same thing as it does in everyday English (which sometimes sounds like one is referring to a group of people bound by similar life ideologies) – all it means in France is a town/city. According to google a commune is ‘the smallest French territorial division for administrative purposes’.

  • Christie Goyette

    I travelled to Annecy in the fall of 2012 and loved it! In fact I loved it so much that I convinced some friends to go back with me a few days later! I loved the castle and the view from there was amazing. I also paddle boated in the lake which was such a nice experience! Of course the food was amazing and the people were all so friendly! Great post 🙂

    http://girlseestheworld.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Nice! Sounds like you not only had a great time but got to have a full experience of visiting Annecy!

  • Diana Maria

    Oh my goodness, Annecy looks beautiful! That first photo is such a famous photo I always see it but never knew where it was taken. If I can I have to stop by here, it honestly looks jaw-droppingly gorgeous!

    Diana xo | My Lovelier Days

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It does, doesn’t it? I think it needs to be added to everyone’s summer travel lists

  • I love Annecy! I was there last year and I swear, I left my heart there <3 I'll definitely go back – it's such a scenic and relaxing escape (:

    xx Jia, honeyandgazelle.wordpress.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Absolutely!

  • I love this post! It’s so timely – we are just finishing up with our European vacation and have decided we will be going to the South of France and Paris next spring. I will definitely put this location on the research list – we don’t want to JUST do tourist stuff!

    xx Jill

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    • HandLuggageOnly

      Makes perfect sense! The touristy stuff is great but it’s nice to see as much of ‘everything’ as possible and not just the usual suspects.

  • Oui In France

    I think I need to go there. You’ve convinced me!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Hehe! Pleased to hear that!

  • I want to go there so bad! How amazing is this castle? !

    http://www.liveshoptravel.com/visiting-hobart-for-the-weekend-top-thing-to-do/

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Yeah you should. That castle looks absolutely fantastic. It’s such a lovely little place!

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  • RosariaMatana

    The other castle in the post isn’t the Chateau D’Annecy but the Chateau De Menthon, also really pretty castle that’s worth of wisiting! (It’s in the village of Menthon St Bernard, one of the villages around the lake….)
    Ps Love the post!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks! My mistake! 🙂 All sorted now! 🙂

  • Loujo

    Well, as a French I have to say, Annecy isn’t in South of France or it means Alps are in South of France … ^^
    I’ve been living there for 2 years and half, definitely the best town I know and recommend to every tourists, even the people are really nice, a lot more than other places in France.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks Loujo! It’s geographically located in the South East of France though isn’t it? 🙂 You’re so lucky living there by the way!

  • Quentin Supertramp

    I was born and raised in Annecy and as a few people said, there are a few mistakes here so if I may :
    – right now = “tout de suite”, not “tout suite”
    – Annecy is NOT in the South of France, it’s in the East in the Northern French Alps. It’s actually 30min from Geneva, Switzerland.
    – the 2nd castle picture is not the Chateau d’Annecy but the Chateau de Menthon. It’s not far from Annecy though, a 15min drive. There is also a 3rd castle called Chateau de Montrottier which is not far and worth visiting.

    Also you could have said that the 1st picture (and most famous) shows the Old Prison, that the lake is allegedly the cleanest in Europe and that we have the best cheese-based dishes in France 🙂

    Thanks for the love though!

    • Brice Enriore

      I was about to write exactly the same comment. Quentin is 100% right, please make the corrections!

      Thank you very much Yaya for your nice post about our beloved city 🙂

      Brice

    • HandLuggageOnly

      You are a star Quentin – thanks for all the extra info! 🙂 We really appreciate your input.

  • I was there three weeks during summer 2009 and studied French/had vacation. It is a lovely city and I would like to go back some day. The water, the surroundings, little cafes and restaurants are really worth a visit.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Nice!!! It’s such a picturesque place!

  • I was born in Annecy and Quentin is right…

    for more info about Annecy have a look at my blog http://annecy-tourism.wix.com/taxi-massingy

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks Gaelle! 🙂