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Stage towns

ANNECY - the jewel of the Alps

The name Annecy conjures up images of the lake with its legendary pure waters, the old town and its canals, and the Alpine mountain ranges from the Aravis to the Bauges that surround it. In both summer and winter, sport and nature make for a winning duo in this magnificent setting. Annecy is extremely well located in the heart of the Auvergne-Rhône Alpes region and right on the doorsteps of both Switzerland and Italy. This outstanding location is what makes the town’s economy so dynamic, specialising as it does in high-tech, the moving image and outdoor industries.  The town of Annecy also boasts the French ‘Ville d’Art et Histoire’ label and offers an outstanding range of cultural and heritage activities, with remarkable buildings and many facilities. 

Annecy is well-known for organising major events that increase its tourist appeal and make the lakeside town one of France’s major tourist destinations. These events include the Fête du Lac that attracts 100,000 visitors and the International Animated Film Festival.  Since 1st January 2017 Annecy has been one of six towns along with Annecy-le-Vieux, Cran Gevrier, Meythet, Pringy and Seynod that have jointly created a new municipality (pop. 128,000) bringing new wealth and assets to the community. Sport, and cycling in particular, has always had an important place in the daily lives of the people of Annecy. They are anticipating the return of the Tour de France for the 2018 edition with great enthusiasm. 

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Canal running through Annecy; France
Canal running through Annecy; France - RolfSt

LE GRAND-bornand

Between the Lake Annecy and the soaring mountain peaks, Le Grand Bornand is a magnificent piece of land art. It holds all the promise of (re-) discovering the mountains at one's own pace, and with its traditions that are still very much alive, its fabulous lifestyle and its sports and leisure facilities, it more than lives up to its reputation as one of the most beautiful resorts in the French Alps. Everything in Le Grand Bornand simply exudes authenticity and great lifestyle including its old village centre where beautiful houses cluster around the former corn exchange and the church. The pastureland extends down the slopes to the old hamlet of Chinaillon with its 400 chalets dating from the 17th-century, superb scenery in all the shades of green that looks like something out of a painting, a great place to discover this well-preserved mountain territory with a character very much its own. Although a short distance from town as the crow flies – Annecy and Geneva are very close by – this mountain territory seems to exist in its own world, full of life and vibrant all year round, perhaps that's what makes it so different.

It offers a wonderfully diverse range of sports, fun and well-being activities throughout the summer. Especially for you, the hairpin bends of the Col de la Colombière on the prestigious Route des Grandes Alpes following the heroes of the Tour de France, the exclusive golf course at the foot of the Aravis mountains and plenty of other fresh-air activities for holidays that are both (hyper) active and conducive to a spot of meditation.

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