Spring is the perfect time for a lakeside getaway. The fresh mountain air is filled with the scent of flowers in bloom and the days are growing longer. Annecy is an ideal destination for nature lovers, serious hikers and history enthusiasts, but mostly it appeals to romantics of all ages. A Lake Annecy helicopter will transport you over an incredible landscape of mountains and icy blue waters and takes less than 15 minutes. It’s a convenient and luxurious way to travel to this romantic gateway to the Alps.
The town of Annecy has always been a popular choice for discerning tourists thanks to its lakeside setting and fairy tale appearance. A labyrinth of picturesque 17th-century lanes is intersected by the Thiou canal, earning Annecy the moniker of the “Venice of the Alps.” Its cobblestone streets exude old-fashioned European charm and the pastel buildings, colourful stalls and shophouses have launched a thousand poscards. The Château d’Annecy dominates the old town and houses interesting archaeological treasures as well as splendid views of the lake below it.
Famous as a playground for water sports, the lake itself is the focus of most of Annecy’s activities. Although you can do high-adrenaline activities, pedal boats are also available to hire by the hour, and you can relax on ‘plages’ of grass with access to the water all around the lake. The surrounding paths are occupied by people strolling, rollerblading, cycling, and running.
Walking by the lake is a serene experience and the Gardens of Europe park is an ideal spot for an al fresco lunch of baguettes, pastries, cold meats and cheese picked up in one of the local markets or supermarkets. Sit on the grass in the shade of giant redwood trees imported from California. Wander over to Lovers Bridge and take in the spectacular views of the lake. You can always test out the legend that says that if a couple kisses on the bridge their love will be eternal.
Stop at any of the terraced cafes for a cafe au lait and croissant for hours of lazy people-watching. La Buvette du Marché is a typical French cafe serving excellent breakfasts with a selection of homemade preserves. Cafe des Arts is a hidden gem that is ideal for an aperitif accompanied by live music and a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
For high-quality drinks and service, the tearoom Folie Royale is a relaxing place to have a delicious hot chocolate surrounded by beautiful pieces of art. Also located in the historic town centre, Le Petit Chalet has well-appointed indoor and outdoor dining areas with a chic rustic feel. It specialises in Savoyard specialities such as tartiflette, fondue and raclette.
For those who would just like to soar over an alpine landscape, a 20-minute panoramic helicopter flight over Lake Annecy is a wonderful choice. The helicopter will do a loop of the lake, which is framed on its east side by Le Tournette, one of Bornes Massif most beautiful mountains. The ice blue colour of the lake is enhanced by the lush forests and spectacular peaks surrounding it.
Treat the one you love to a romantic springtime helicopter flight over Lake Annecy. Contact the team at Skycam to book your flight today.