Nestled in the Haute-Savoie region of the world-famous French Alps and just a short distance from the Swiss border, Lake Annecy is a stunning spot to make some memories on an adventure camping holiday.
The area offers up plenty of inspiration for active holidaymakers thanks to its unique lakeside and mountain attractions. Booking a camping holiday in Annecy will allow you to experience its sublime beauty and bounty of activities, from kayaking across the water to cycling around the shoreline.
Popular regions in Annecy
While Lake Annecy itself is known for its emerald waters and Jura Mountains backdrop, there are many other places worthy of a visit nearby too. This includes the town of the same name on the lake’s north shore that’s an enchanting mix of pastel coloured 16th and 17th century buildings and pretty canals.
The surrounding French Alps additionally provide ample opportunity for snow sports in the winter and hiking or cycling in the summer, especially if you head to the Massif de Bauge National Park just south of Annecy.
Less than an hour’s drive north and over the border is also where you’ll discover Geneva, a cosmopolitan city with its own expansive lake and splendid views of Mont Blanc.
Top Annecy campsites
Annecy is the perfect destination for an outdoorsy camping trip in France, especially with a Canvas Holiday at La Ferme de la Serraz campsite. Sandwiched between the lake’s south shore and the Massif de Bauge National Park, wake up to mountain views every morning whether you stay in a family size tent or a luxury mobile home.
One of this Annecy campsite’s main draws has to be its lake beach that’s just a mile away. As well as relaxing on the shore, you can hire out pedalos, take a boat trip across the lake or try your hand at more extreme water sports like windsurfing.
Things to do when camping in Annecy
Whether you’re a seasoned camper or you’re planning your first trip, Annecy makes for a prime location no matter what kind of holiday you’re after.
If you’re a keen cyclist or fancy having a go just for pleasure, there’s lots of opportunity for it in Annecy. Hire bikes for a day and cycle slowly around the lake’s perimeter or challenge yourself by tackling a route up Semnoz.
Young and older kids alike will no doubt enjoy the range of activities available on the lake itself. As well as plunging in for a refreshing swim in some of Europe’s purest water, you can kayak around its coves or hire a rowing boat if you’re feeling leisurely.
Don’t forget to explore picture-perfect Alpine towns like Annecy – nicknamed the ‘Venice of the Alps’ – with its atmospheric Old Town as well as drop into historic attractions like the restored Château d’Annecy. The mountains are also dotted with traditional Alpine villages and magnificent viewpoints that will help you soak up even more of the atmospheric Haute-Savoie region.