Annecy - Le pont des Amours

Annecy

Visit to Annecy, the "Venice of the Alps", 45 Minutes by Les Bauges or by the motorway.

Camping du lac de Carouge in Savoie is located at the foot of the French Alps. There are many possibilities for sporting activities on and near the campsite. But if you prefer to visit a beautiful city, we can recommend Annecy.

Close to water, which is one of its natural resources, Annecy has been shaped by it and its architecture is a testimony to this. The old town dotted with traboules, a kind of secret passageway, a tangle of houses are characteristic. The medieval arteries (Porte Sainte Claire, Côte Perrière) that surround the old town in the rest of the urban area are still present today.

The city of Annecy is the capital of the Haute-Savoie department and is located north of the lake of the same name, 45 minutes from the campsite. The city has just over 50,000 inhabitants and many sites and monuments. The city also known as the "Venice of the Alps", or the pearl of the Alps, thanks to its city centre and canals, it is one of the most beautiful cities to see the most beautiful city in the Alps thanks to its lake, its historic city centre and its various places to visit. 

We enjoy this ancient and modern city at the same time. Stroll along Lake of Annecy, relax on the lawns or rent a boat or pedal boat to sail on the lake. Of course, there are other places to visit in the area, especially the Gorges du Fier, which we particularly like.

The city has a rich history that began at the beginning of our era, when a Gallic tribe already lived there. The Romans who then settled here made it a first settlement with a forum, a basilica, some temples and a theatre. The city was on a strategic trade route between France and Italy, which made the colony increasingly important over the centuries.

In the medieval city centre, you can imagine going back in time. Here you will find beautiful old buildings and beautiful streets. The location on the water makes it very special. If you walk the streets, you will automatically meet the different sites. The 16th century Baroque Cathedral of St Peter is a rather austere but imposing building. The dome and some parts of the ceiling are richly painted and worth a visit. In the church, you will also find various 19th century art objects. Another church worth visiting is the Roman Catholic Church of St. Maurice, the oldest church in the city. The Gothic church has several chapels and a beautiful 15th century Mural of the eye. The castle of the Count of Savoy, whose construction was completed in 1107 on the heights of Annecy. It became the capital of the county of Geneva in the 14th century, then was given to the Count of Savoy. The city finally became French in 1860.

Not to be missed in the old town, the Palais de l'Isle, considered as the symbol of the city and considered as one of the most photographed buildings in France. This 12th century building was once a prison, but now you can find a museum on the history of the city.

Nearby, you will find Sainte-Claire Street with its colourful houses and beautiful galleries. In this street, you will find many restaurants, cafés and shops. There are some beautiful specialty stores where you can buy regional specialties. The narrow and winding streets of Sainte-Claire Street lead you to the 12th century castle overlooking the city. From there, the view of the city is breathtaking. You will find several museums and temporary exhibitions in the castle itself.

Between the old town and the lake, you will find a number of large urban parks where you can walk through the greenery and along the waterfront. The Jardins d'Europe were built at the end of the 19th century and are full of beautiful century-old trees. With the ponds and fountains in the park, they provide a lot of cooling in summer. From the Gardens of Europe, cross the magnificent Pont des Amours to the Easter tree. From there, you can continue on the boulevard to the Imperial Gardens Palace. The imposing Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino dates back to the 20th century and offers a magnificent view of the lake.

Lake Annecy, one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in the Alps.

Located less than 40 minutes from the campsite, at an altitude of 477 m, the lake is surrounded by the mountain ranges such as Les Bauges (the best way to reach Annecy, we arrive on the lake in height, this offers us a most exceptional view on this place) or Grand Bornand, come and discover this jewel that is Lake Annecy, with its turquoise blue water. With its 32 kilometres of shoreline, you can enjoy water at almost 24°C in summer. 

For the sportsmen, it will be possible for you to go around the lake by bike, rollerblading or even on foot thanks to its cycle path.