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The Great Lakes of the Alps

Beautiful, vast, natural, blue. Discover the Great Lakes of the Alps: Lake Bourget, Lake Annecy, and Lake Geneva.
The views are stunning, thought-provoking, and inspiring, and the lakes are the ultimate sites for boating, nautical activities, and water sports!

Lake Annecy

Lake Annecy is one of the most popular destinations in the region, considered one of the purest lakes in Europe. The "Little Venice of the Alps", the city of Annecy is crossed by magnificent flowery canals. The little streets and arched houses of Annecy's old town seem to float on the water, with the Alps as a backdrop. Visitors can take a cruise on the lake for lunch or for an evening of entertainment.

As for sporting activities, Annecy is considered the European capital of outdoor sports.

Its magnificent natural setting offers a wide choice of sports and outdoor activities to enjoy with or without a professional guide, in both summer and winter: water sports (swimming, sailing, water skiing, diving), cycling (greenway), mountain activities (hiking, mountain biking, via ferrata, canyoning, paragliding, skiing), there's something to please all tastes! 

Lake Annecy
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Lake Bourget

With a length of 18 km, Lake Bourget is France's longest (and deepest) natural lake. It inspired Lamartine's famous poem "The Lake" and has hosted prestigious visitors, including Queen Victoria who stayed in the spa town of Aix-les-Bains. Still today, visitors enjoy the soothing virtues of the healing spa waters, in addition to all the activities on offer on the lake, like boating, swimming, and fishing.

Its praises sung by the greatest poets, the lake boasts nautical and seaside pleasures in water that can reach 26°C in the summer.

In 2000, the town of Aix-les-Bains was awarded the "France Station Nautique" label. Lake Bourget has a wide range of nautical activities and water sports: sailing, rowing, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, fishing, diving, water skiing, wakeboarding, and more.

An ideal spot for swimming, Lake Bourget is also well-equipped for boating, with 14 ports and more than 2,600 moorings. The lake is also known for its fishing and is home to about thirty species of fish, including the renowned lavaret whitefish and Arctic char.

Lake Bourget

Lake Geneva

Forming a natural border with Switzerland, Lake Geneva is the starting point of the ViaRhôna long-distance cycling route that follows the Rhône River to the Mediterranean Sea. The French side of the lake is bordered by the spa towns of Thonon and Evian-les-Bains as well as fishing villages like Yvoire: it’s a genuine riviera! 

At an elevation of 372 m, Lake Geneva is the largest of the Savoy lakes, with a temperate climate favourable to southern vegetation. Its 53 km of French shoreline follows the rolling hills of the Bas Chablais region, and includes two spa towns, Thonon-les-Bains and Evian-les-Bains.

A four-star "France Station Nautique", the resort of Thonon-les-Bains boasts a multitude of nautical activities and water sports: sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, rowing, diving, and more.

With its natural fine sandy beach, bathers love the Mediterranean atmosphere in the town of Excenevex.

In Yvoire, visitors can even climb aboard a solar boat for a ride on the lake. 

Lake Geneva

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