Days along the water…
Follow the course of the water and discover the nooks and crannies of our territory in the heart of the Haute-Savoie. In spring, the waterfalls are gorged with the melting snow and offer a breathtaking spectacle... In summer, discover their freshness by escaping from the beaten track!
How can we talk about water without mentioning the lake? The inhabitants of Annecy, the capital of Haute-Savoie, and those of the surrounding communes drink water from the lake, one of the purest urban lakes in Europe.
But the lake is also a source of innumerable activities for both inhabitants and visitors… What are you waiting for?
© Gilles Piel / Sortie en Stand up Paddle
A wild and tumultuous river, the Chéran arrives from the heart of the Bauges to flow into the Fier at the level of the communes of Rumilly and Vallières.
Take advantage of your trip to visit the medieval village of Alby-sur-Chéran.
There are lakes in Lescheraines and Rumilly where you can swim. We especially recommend the “chaos of the Chéran” walk, which allows you to admire the river, the impressive Pont de l’Abîme and the Saint-Jacques Towers in the distance.
© Gilles Piel / La rivière du Chéran en Pays d'Alby
The Waterfalls Tour
To escape the heat, there is nothing better than a walk in the forest to discover the waterfalls.
In Villaz, at the foot of the Parmelan, discover a family hike, marked out and sheltered in the middle of the forest.
© Yan Gaëtan Olivo / Circuit des cascades de Villaz
From the lake to the Fier, the Thiou, one of the smallest rivers in France, flows through the old town and several districts of Annecy. It flows into the Fier at the Forges de Cran, a historic industrial site.
The artistic walk “La Virée”, takes a long section of this walk and makes you discover another facet of our city.
© Monica Dalmasso / Ecluses et pont sur le Thiou
The Gorges du Fier
Vertiginous footbridge suspended in a canyon where the river is indomitable… The Fier, sometimes so wide and calm, is in these gorges powerful, fast and dangerous.
A natural site open from spring to autumn, to be visited to observe the power of nature.
© Gorges du Fier / S. Mesa
The ponds of Crosagny
A sensitive natural area of European interest. The Crosagny ponds are equipped with an ornithological observatory and an educational trail to discover the pond, the fauna, the flora and the history of the place.
A magnificent natural site to discover with the family, on foot or by mountain bike!
© Monica Dalmasso / Les Etangs de Crosagny
The Voile de la Mariée
From Chapeiry, discover the countryside of the Annecy region and an easily accessible waterfall. Sometimes dry during heatwaves, sometimes full of water during snowmelt or heavy rain, the bride’s veil is different every season!
© N. Tissot / Le voile de la mariée à Chapeiry
Walk in the heart of the forest with a final stop at the largest of the Angon waterfalls. At 40m high, the most courageous can abseil down it and then follow the Nant d’Angon during a canyoning trip!
Easy family hike from Vérel or more difficult hike from the edge of the lake.
© Gilles Piel / En route pour la cascade d'Angon
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