An­necy Chel­tenham

Living France - - WHERE TO LIVE -

Set at the north­ern tip of the crys­tal-clear Lac d’An­necy and sur­rounded by snow­capped moun­tains, the cap­i­tal of HauteSavoie is a nat­u­ral beauty. With such a stun­ning back gar­den to play in, it’s no sur­prise that An­neciéns don’t spend much time in­side, pre­fer­ring to throw them­selves into an ar­ray of out­door pur­suits.

As one of the world’s top 10 des­ti­na­tions for paraglid­ing, An­necy’s skies are usu­ally dot­ted with one or two thrill-seek­ers swoop­ing through the fresh moun­tain air. If you want to stay more grounded, join lo­cals around the pro­tected cy­cling piste along the lake’s western side; one of France’s most pop­u­lar voies vertes. Whether you’re part of the rollerblad­ing, walk­ing or cy­cling troop you’ll be re­warded with the same stun­ning back­drop of sparkling azure wa­ters bor­dered by ma­jes­tic moun­tain peaks.

For ski-keen res­i­dents, An­necy is well placed for ac­cess­ing the cross-coun­try slopes. Sem­noz is 18km south, La Clusaz 32km east and Le Grand Bor­nand is 34km north-east. So if you choose to live in An­necy, a trip to the slopes would no longer be a lit­tle lux­ury but a way of life.

If lo­cals aren’t hik­ing in the hills, they’re en­joy­ing An­necy’s other main at­trac­tion – strolling through the Old Town. A war­ren of ar­caded streets lined with pas­tel-coloured houses from the 16th cen­tury, this is where lo­cals en­joy a most idyl­lic day-to-day life: cross­ing flower-cov­ered bridges to buy the morn­ing pa­per, sit­ting out­side a café to gaze at the tow­er­ing moun­tains, stock­ing up on lo­cal Savo­yard spe­cial­i­ties at the mar­ket or tuck­ing into a heart-warm­ing dish of raclette at a fam­ily-run bistro.

Above: Houses bor­der the azure wa­ters of Lac d’An­necy Below: Boulogne-sur-Mer Op­po­site: Di­jon’s bustling city cen­tre

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