The ideal base camp for cyclists, the Annecy Mountains are home to countless legendary cols and secret passes. The choice is yours!
Deep within the Aravis mountains, set off from Thônes towards Grand-Bornand to get to the Col de la Colombière (1618 m). Accessible from 1st June, this mountain pass has seen Tour de France cyclists race up it 23 times. The road climbs amidst mountain pastures with the Aravis mountains as your backdrop. You can also set off towards Manigod and tackle first the Col de la Croix-Fry (1477 m) then the Col des Aravis (1487 m) with stunning views over Mont-Blanc to make it worth your while!
A more recent feature of the Tour de France, the Col des Glières (1390 m), open from 1st June, has a challenging ascent in store, with gravel biking across the plateau an option
The Col de la Forclaz (1157 m) and Col du Semnoz (1673 m) are fairly demanding mountain passes which require a bit of training before attempting the ascent. But they promise amazing views over Lake Annecy and the surrounding mountains! Especially a sweeping view over the Aravis mountains and Mont-Blanc from the Col du Semnoz.
The Col de Bluffy (639 m) and Col de Leschaux (897 m) are two shorter, easily accessible mountain passes that you can combine on an undulating circuit round Lake Annecy.
The Annecy Mountains also boast several secret passes where you can enjoy riding away from the crowds. They are not any less challenging for all that, though! From the Col de Plan Bois (1299 m) on the slopes of Sulens mountain, you are afforded a wonderful view over the back of Tournette mountain and can get to the Col de la Croix-Fry. Around Mont-Charvin, the Col de l’Épine (947 m) and Col de l’Arpettaz (1581 m) wind through hamlets and mountain pastures in a peaceful, natural mountain setting. The Col de Tamié (907 m) is the most undulating of the four. It can be taken as part of the Tour de la Belle Étoile which takes you through part of the Bauges Regional Natural Park.
Appreciated for its beautiful landscape, the diversity of outdoor activities available, the must-try local specialities and the region’s cultural life and historical heritage, Lake Annecy and its 34 facets are the promise of unique experiences.
Among the most beautiful villages in the French Alps, Le Grand-Bornand, recently awarded the “Flocon Vert” seal of approval, cultivates the charm of its 200 year-old chalets along with the modernity of a dynamic and coveted event-hosting resort, yet has retained all its authenticity. Visitors and residents are united by the same openness in their lively, happy community life.
Thône Heart of the Valleys is an inevitable base camp from which to explore the region. It attracts visitors all year round, with its 8 typical villages offering a diversity of landscapes and activities to satisfy both children and adults. Take a trip across this unique land which invites you to take the time to enjoy life!
Here, life is sweet and the seasons colourful. At an ideal location just south of Lake Annecy, the destination’s 7 towns and villages promise plenty of paths to explore, craftspeople and farmers to meet, heritage to discover, and a host of activities to enjoy…
Manigod, an authentic village resort with a human feel, is the perfect nature destination for a summer holiday with family or friends.
From the village to the summits, a pure delight for mountain lovers and fans of the great outdoors. In winter, the resort promises winter sports galore, with each to their own pace and preference.
You will appreciate the charm and tranquillity of an authentic mountain village. Saint Jean de Sixt is the ideal natural base camp, located at the gateway to the most beautiful outdoor playgrounds: the Aravis massif and its great ski area.