An exceptional location on the shores of the Annecy Lake!
The Palace of Menthon is the starting point of many hikes and is ideally located near the Old Town of Annecy and the Menthon Saint-Bernard castle. It is a quiet and relaxing place to discover the region and enjoy many activities: boat cruises on the Annecy Lake, canyoning, wakeboarding, paddle, diving…
Old City Old CityFirst of all, discover the treasures of Annecy and its old town, its history, its atmosphere, its events… Who knows it? The first traces of collective life of the men at the edge of the lake, the “lacustrine villages”, go back to the prehistory, to the Neolithic! What steps then through the Roman period and the vicus “de Boutae”, then the Middle Ages and the appearance of the name of a large farm, a “villae” “Aniciaca”, at the origin according to some historians of the name of the city and the lake. Over the centuries, and in particular from the 15th century under the reign of the Savoy-Nemours, Annecy became an administrative, intellectual and religious capital. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Saint-François de Sales and Jean-Jacques Rousseau left their mark on the city. And in 1860, we became definitively “French” when Savoy was attached to France and in 2010, for the 150th anniversary, important events will illustrate this aspect of our recent history. Nowadays, Annecy and the lake have kept many traces of this long and complex evolution such as the Palais de l’Ile, built in the 12th century, the castles of the Route des Ducs de Savoie: Annecy, Menthon-Saint-Bernard, Montrottier, Thorens and Clermont. Today, many exhibition places allow you to learn about our history, our built heritage and our local and regional “culture”: the Palais de l’Ile and its interpretation center (architecture and heritage), the Museum-Castle with its temporary exhibitions and its Regional Observatory of the Alpine Lakes, the Museum and the Paccard bell foundry, the Lake Annecy Ecomuseum, the scientific culture center La Turbine, the permanent exhibition on animated films…
Snowboard, Snow activities Snowboard, Snow activitiesIn Haute-Savoie, Annecy and its region are close to ski resorts. Less than 35 km away enjoy many family resorts like La Clusaz, Grand Bornand, Semnoz…GolfAnnecy Golf: Our golf course located in Haute Savoie. On the edge of Lake Annecy and at the foot of the mountains, the course develops on the site of the Roc de Chère, protected green area and nature reserve. Golf de Giez: Between Albertville and Annecy, golf has 2 courses: The Belvédère (18 holes) offers a magnificent view of Lake Annecy and Le Mont Blanc, The Beavers (9 holes) is for beginners.Boat rental Boat rentalOn all the ports of the lake, professionals offer rental of pedal boats, rowboats and motorboats, kayaks, boats with or without license. Also, to make your walks more pleasant on sunny days, possibility to take boats with canopies.Wakeboard, water skiing Wakeboard, water skiingInitiation, development, improvement (internship, groups, individuals) in water skiing and wake boarding. On many beaches and pontoons, professionals are present around Lake Annecy.Paragliding ParaglidingFly over the lake, the mountains, it is possible during an amazing paragliding flight. Departure from many passes in Haute Savoie. Also, many qualified and experienced professionals are at your disposal all year long.Hiking HikingDiscover the walks and hikes around Lake Annecy. Enjoy exceptional views of the mountains. Discover the world of mountains: medicinal plants, Alpine ibexes, alpine pastures, tales and legend.Biking BikingWith over 50 kilometers of cycle paths around Lake Annecy, you will find levels adapted to all tastes and the whole family. Many professionals offer rental bike, mountain bike or Segway in Annecy.Canyoning CanyoningFinally, do you like Canyoning?! Discover the most beautiful canyons in the Annecy region: Cascade d’Angon, the Torrent de Montmin and spend exceptional moments.