By Chris Smith

Tuesday 5th June 2018

Annecy, France

Annecy is the gateway to the Alps, and is famous for its old town (often described like Venice due to its waterways) and its lake. It makes an ideal cycling base; surrounded by mountains on three sides, and with an excellent cycle path round the lake.

Where to Ride?

Put simply; head up into the hills and go explore. Once you leave the lake behind the roads are quiet and there are climbs to suit all abilities. The Col de Leschaux is a great beginner climb, and you can't miss the HC climb of Semnoz looming over the lake. One of our favourite climbs is Forclaz, starting in Talloire and topping out at a magnificent view point of the lake.

Where to Stay?

if your budget can stretch to it, treat yourself and stay in the exclusive resort of Talloire. Hôtel les Trésoms is our pick from the hotels in Annecy. Click here for a more in-depth review of the hotels.

Where to Eat?

Try La Taverne de Maitre Kanter for great local beer and brilliant tartiflette, or take in a local mushroom (Forestière) crêpe from one of the many creperies. Our favourite being the one by the first foot bridge in the old town.

What to do, other than ride?

Other than cycling and spending time round the lake, walking, shopping in the old town, stand-up-paddle boarding and boat-based activities are all popular.

What climb not to miss?

Don't miss climbing the mighty Semnoz

What you didn't know about Annecy?

Annecy used to be famous for making large church bells! 

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