Annecy is a large town in the north French Alps less than an hour’s drive from Switzerland’s Geneva. Much of it is not at all attractive or interesting but is saved by a small but dramatic medieval core (confusingly NOT the area called Annecy-le-Vieux! ) and a spectacular lake (Lac d’Annecy) overlooked by mountains including Mont Blanc.
Annecy is a popular non-winter tourist destination and provides a wide selection of activities to suit all comers. The elderly – for whom a stagger around the old quarter, a decent meal and a boat trip around the lake would constitute a fine day. Or families with young children who will enjoy pedalos, splashing in the lake and perhaps biking. And lets not forget the adrenalin junkies who would use Annecy as a base for paragliding/hangliding, rock climbing, hiking and biking on well organised routes.
Musée-Chateau d’Annecy, the Castle Museum, on the River Thiou.
Water-skiing on the lake in August.