Commanding fine views of the Alps and as far as the Jura, the village of Groisy is situated 20 minutes from central Annecy. We have been living here for a three weeks now and thought you might be interested in discovering what our new French base looks like…
The village of Groisy in Greater Annecy
Groisy is a village situated in Greater Annecy in the département of Haute-Savoie. The new intercommunal structure created in January 2017 has a population a little over 200,000… but even though you wouldn’t guess you are living in a big town when residing in Groisy!
Locals are called Groisiliens and Groisiliennes. The population is about 3,370 and is rapidly growing thanks to its attractive situation at 15kms from Annecy and 30kms from Geneva, Switzerland. The ski resorts of La Clusaz, Megève, Samoëns and Chamonix are less than 100kms away.
The village is in fact spread out in a number of hamlets. From the bottom of the valley to the highest point of the commune are Le Plot (at an altitude of 530 m), La Gare (640m), Boisy (675m), Chef-Lieu (740m) and Fontaine-Vive (875m).
What to see in Groisy?
The castle of Boisy was firstly edified in 1314 and lost its prestige during the French Revolution.
At the Chef-Lieu the parish church of St-Euchère-et-St-Just dates back to 1410 but its bell tower was rebuilt in 1923.
Our favourite stroll
Our favourite stroll in Groisy takes us to the hamlet of Flagy with its old stone houses and farms. Our walk takes us to the high meadows well above the Chef-Lieu and the church. The views over the Parmelan, the Tournette, the Semnoz and other mountain peaks of the Annecy region are just breathtaking. Opposite are the Salève and in the far distance the Jura mountains.
We’ve already spotted many places for blackberry pickings and hazelnut trees… it’s going to be fun when Autumn comes! I can’t wait to take some colourful photos with snow-capped mountains in the background.
Winter will be magical and I expect more snow that we’ve been accustomed in Paris (well, that is zero!).
Then Spring, I know, is a beautiful season for the myriad fruit trees blossoming in the countryside of the village.
We are very much looking forward to capturing the rhythm of the seasons here in Groisy. And be assured I will post pictures and videos of this amazing place here on the blog and on social medial.
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To prepare your holiday in the region of Annecy, check out the Tourist Office Board.