23 Jan, 2024 ·
By Jessica Gallant - Nomade Magazine
I invite you to fly to the charming town of Annecy, France, to experience the magic of the holiday season to the full. Nestled in the heart of the French Alps, this breathtaking destination promises to make your Christmas unforgettable. Nestled between towering mountains and a superb lake, Annecy is a visual delight. Its picturesque streets are packed with delicious restaurants featuring cheese fondue and raclette, as well as historical discoveries such as a magnificent château and numerous churches.
If you're lucky enough to visit the "Venice of the Alps" over the festive season, here are a few suggestions for making the most of this enchanting place.
Annecy's Christmas market, located in the Alpine Village from late November to early January, offers an atmosphere that's both intimate and convivial. Wooden huts decorate the town's splendid streets, creating a colorful and fragrant spectacle thanks to the varied products of the artisans present each day. Whether you're looking for original gifts for the family or sweet and savoury delights, the market has something for everyone. A lively section, with restaurants, bars and a DJ, also ensures a dynamic atmosphere. I recommend sipping mulled wine and indulging in the delights of the many kiosks without restraint. Imagine enjoying a delicious fondue and churros, while listening to the infectious enthusiasm of visitors from all over France and surrounding countries! It's definitely the perfect recipe for an extraordinary festive experience.
As well as the Christmas market, it's essential that you take advantage of your visit to enjoy the town's must-sees. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, a history buff or an epicurean at heart, you'll be amazed at what this little paradise has to offer.
Sparkling blue Lake Annecy offers many ways to marvel. Whether it's a bike ride around the lake, a hike or even a paraglide, the lake always reveals a surprising facet. I personally enjoyed the view from the benches in the lakeside park and from the boardwalk on the left bank. A boat trip also offers the opportunity to get up close to the mountains, revealing breathtaking slopes, castles reminiscent of the Middle Ages and fascinating historical facts about the region.
For lovers of outdoor adventure, Mont Veyrier offers spectacular views during a hike. The trails, easily accessible next to the bakery on the left of the lake, wind through lush forest, revealing breathtaking views of the lake, the town of Annecy, the Aravis mountain range and the famous Mont Blanc.
Finally, the "Chez Mamie Lise" restaurant is a must for an authentic Savoyard gastronomic experience. The mushroom fondue is delicious, and the rustic, traditional decor creates a warm atmosphere. With impeccable service and a welcoming decor, Chez Mamie Lise seduces the taste buds and introduces diners to the flavors of the Haute Savoie region like no other.
When you visit Annecy for Christmas, you'll be immersed in a magical atmosphere where the beauty of the Alpine scenery blends perfectly with the warmth of local traditions. The Christmas market, historical discoveries, activities around the lake and culinary delights are sure to provide a memorable experience. Annecy, with its undeniable charm, becomes the ideal setting to celebrate the holidays, creating unique memories in the heart of the French Alps.