Unspoilt natural sites

An outstanding natural setting awaits you. Admire it and help us protect it!

AMID PROTECTED NATURE

PLUNGE INTO UNIQUE ECOSYSTEMS
SURROUNDED BY NATURE
© Gilles Piel
© Gilles Piel

Two nature reserves

On the banks of Lake Annecy, the Roc de Chère nature reserve promises refreshing walks and a real change of scene.

During your walk, a forest-covered rocky spur jutting into the lake offers beautiful views over the clear water and the surrounding summits. It has a rich biodiversity with a variety of wildlife and a mix of mountain and Mediterranean vegetation. Enough to surprise children and adults alike! You can also approach the Roc de Chère cliffs from the lake, on a paddleboard or kayak, and swim in the little coves or watch the swallows and peregrine falcons that nest on the rock face. You’re guaranteed to feel as if you’re on holiday by the sea!

© On met les voiles
© On met les voiles
At the southern tip of Lake Annecy, anyone can reach the Bout du Lac nature reserve, the last of the great wetlands.

An educational trail accessible to pushchairs and wheelchairs has been built to allow the whole family to explore this marshland area without getting wet feet! A succession of different ecosystems ranges from forest to wetland prairie and from reedbeds to alkaline peatbogs, hence the remarkable development of the fauna and flora that feature in the information panels to help you identify them. Keep your eyes peeled, as those toads and beavers are not far away!

Remarkable natural heritage

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Eight Natura 2000 protected sites

This classification proves the quality and richness of the local natural heritage.

The destination boasts eight listed sites: the Beauregard plateau, the Aravis mountains, Les Frettes – Massif des Glières, the Tournette massif, the Bargy massif, the Albanais wetlands, the Lake Annecy cross valley, and the eastern part of the Bauges mountains.

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REGIONAL NATURE PARK OF LES BAUGES – GEOPARK
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Activities for all in the heart of one of France's five Geoparks.

West of Lake Annecy, the Bauges Regional Nature Park also proposes a range of activities amid exceptional natural surroundings: hiking, skiing in Le Semnoz or La Sambuy, cycle touring or mountain biking, fishing or swimming in the River Chéran, officially an “unspoilt river”, canyoning, climbing, via-ferrata, paragliding or even potholing… there’s no shortage of possibilities! For something simpler, various themed footpaths take you exploring the local riches and multiple geosites waiting to be discovered across the region.

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