Although you’re in the heart of the mountains in the Aravis resorts, you’re just a short drive from some stunning beaches! Lake Annecy is touted as the cleanest lake in Europe, and boasts many beautiful beaches, from quiet bays to busy promenades. The water temperature can reach between 22°C to 24°C in summer (and sometimes even higher). Here’s our pick of the best.
Please note that dogs are not allowed on the beaches surrounding Lake Annecy, apart from at the smaller beach in Duingt.
This is the largest beach on the lake. Close to the road, there is a large grassed area, with floral borders. It’s the home of the rowing club, a pier, and near to the Imperial Palace park. It’s a great beach for children, as the lake bed here is gently sloping and covered in sand. Lifeguards are on duty all summer, and there are showers, restaurants and car parks.
This beach is a wide grass strip which is popular with locals from the start of the summer. As a result, it can get crowded in summer, but it’s free, and close to the city. As well as the free grassy beach, the only open-air pool complex in Annecy is situated a short walk from the beach, with plenty of paid parking close by (there is a paddling pool for young children with water games, plus three supervised pools — the largest is 50m x 21m).
There’s an entrance fee for this beach in July and August, but there’s lots going on. There are changing cabins and lockers as well as a diving board and slide and a small pool. Other facilities include playgrounds, beach volleyball, table tennis, swings and a clay tennis court. There’s a restaurant and snack bar, and parking is available nearby.
There’s an entrance fee in July and August, when lifeguards are on duty. Facilities include a playground, showers and toilets, and there’s a snack bar and restaurant on site. This is a great place to sunbathe, with views of Dents de Lanfon and La Tournette! A ramp and floating chair are available for disabled access to the water, and the sailing club and canoe club are close by. This beach is also directly accessible from the cycle path.
Fee payable during July and August, when lifeguards are on duty. Natural sand beach with children’s pool and games, diving board, lawn, golf, beach volleyball and free parking.
There’s a snack bar and restaurant on site. Both the beach and the water are accessible to the disabled, and floating chairs are available.
Free, no lifeguard supervision. This grass beach is partially shaded and has fantastic views of the Chateau Ruphy and Talloires. Close to the cycle path, the diving school and sailing school.
A large expanse of undulating lawn with 200m of water frontage, Talloires beach has a small pool and paddling pool, as well as beach volleyball. Parking is free, and there’s a toilet block, snack bar and restaurant. Scuba diving, kayaking, rowing and windsurfing are also available.
The beach is big and grassy. The restaurant on the beach, The Savoyard, does really nice pizzas. There’s a jetty where you can jump into the water. It has a lovely holiday atmosphere and it's easy to spend the day just hanging out by the lake. There’s also an adventure park nearby, which has courses for all ages.
Free access, paying car park. Lifeguards are on duty in July and August. The beach has a sandy waterfront that slopes gently towards the lake. Showers and toilets are available, and there’s a paddling pool for children. Floating chairs are available for the disabled, and there’s a snack bar and restaurant on site.
Entrance fee, lifeguards on duty. A grassy beach with plenty of large trees providing areas of shade for those who want to avoid too much exposure to the sun. There are showers and toilets, as well as a paddling pool, games such as ping pong and a snack bar. There are pool-style metal steps for easy access the water, plus a pontoon for diving. Beautiful lakeside promenade.
Entrance fee, lifeguard supervision. A grassy beach with shaded picnic spots and a stream, which is a natural paddling pool for toddlers. There’s plenty of parking, and a toilet block and snack bar at the entrance to the beach. Beach volleyball and bocce are available, and there are restaurants nearby.
Entrance is free to this unsupervised beach, close to the sailing club.
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