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On Monday 31st March we went on a ‘tour du lac’ by car. We departed from Annecy and drove on the east shore through Veyrier, Menthon and Talloires before reaching the city through the west shore with the visit of Duingt, Saint-Jorioz and Sévrier. Here is a little report on the six villages around Lake Annecy that should not-be-missed when visiting the region!


Villages around Lake Annecy

Let’s start our circuit around the lake with Veyrier-du-Lac.

Veyrier seen from Lake Annecy © French Moments
The village of Veyrier-le-Lac seen from the lake © French Moments

The village is situated 5 km from Annecy at the foot of Mount Veyrier. It contains a beautiful little church devoted to St. Maurice.


Menthon-Saint-Bernard

Menthon-Saint-Bernard, Lake Annecy © French Moments
The village and castle of Menthon-Saint-Bernard seen from the lake © French Moments

The village is also a waterfront resort with many top-class hotels.

Menthon is surmounted by the 13th century castle which it is closely associated. The Menthon dynasty who still owns the castle came from Burgundy in 1190.

Le Palace de Menthon © French Moments
Le Palace de Menthon © French Moments

The little harbour offers fine views over Annecy and the west coast dominated by the Semnoz mountain.


Talloires

Spring in Talloires © French Moments
Spring in Talloires © French Moments

Arguably one of the most beautiful villages of Lake Annecy, Talloires is a popular resort in a privileged location between the lake and the mountains. It faces Duingt and the Ruphy Castle.


Duingt

Duingt Castle in May © French Moments
Duingt Castle in May © French Moments

On the west shore, the village of Duingt is set at the bottom of the Taillefer mountain and separates the Grand Lac from the Petit Lac. Romantically set on a promontory, the castle of Châteauvieux or of Ruphy is a former stronghold restored in the 18th and 19th centuries.


Saint-Jorioz

The Sentiers des Roselières in Saint-Jorioz © French Moments
The Sentiers des Roselières in Saint-Jorioz © French Moments

Saint-Jorioz is crossed by the “Voie Verte” (Green Way), a cyclist path linking Annecy to Ugine. The ‘sentier des roselières’ follows the shore of the lake over 3 km with impressive views over the Alps.


Sévrier

Sévrier, Lake Annecy in Autumn © French Moments
Sévrier, Lake Annecy in Autumn © French Moments

Sévrier is included in the suburbs of Annecy and has a population of 4100. The little town has a Bell Museum relating the story of the famous Paccard bell maker.


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About the author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of the Discovery Course on the Secrets of the Eiffel Tower and the Christmas book "Voyage au Pays de Noël".

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