Take a break from the slopes to do a little après-ski exploration and you’ll find that some of Europe’s most deliciously cosy destinations are all snuggled up in the French Alps, where ancient pavlova-like mountains descend into inky glacial lakes, and where pastel-shaded houses rise from quaintest cobbled streets.
Evian-les-Bains: Relax and Unwind…
Annecy: The Venice of Savoie?
But the comparison only falters further, because where Venice’s canals are blurred, impenetrable chasms of dark chartreuse water, Annecy’s are transparent, belonging to one of the cleanest rivers in Europe, and are home to ducks and swans but few boats. Following the river is an ideal way to explore Annecy, unlike the wondrous but nigh-on impossible to navigate maze of canals in Venice. It bends its way through the old town, passing pastel-hued houses covered with flower baskets, and small squares lined with quaint bars and rustic restaurants until it’s eventually split in two by the iconic Palais de l’île. Furthermore, where Venetian bridges might lead to broken palazzi, views of distant factories and gigantic cruise ships making their way through the lagoon, bridges in Annecy lookout to ancient mountains and heated terraces full of fondue pots. And with just a few clicks of a heel, one soon finds that all paths in Annecy lead to the heavenly mountain lake: Lac d'Annecy. In short, there is very little about Annecy that isn’t charming, disarming and beautiful... but it’s almost nothing like Venice.
Chamonix: Queen Of Après-ski
Grenoble: The Capital of the Alps
Become a member to join the conversation!
Become part of the world's leading travel & lifestyle community!