Annecy, France is a small city on the northern banks of Lac d’Annecy. It’s the largest city in the Haute-Savoie department of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in southwestern France. Sometimes referred to as the “Pearl of French Alps,” or “Little Venice,” Annecy is known for its stunning scenery and focus on environmental policy, both of which have been a draw for tourism. It is also home to a renowned Animated Film Festival. There is plenty of good running in Annecy, due to its lakefront paths, charming old town promenades, and prolific green spaces.
The best places to run in Annecy center along the lakefront. The iconic waterfront route begins from the center of the city and traverses the north & east waterfront of Lac d’Annecy. Also popular is the Voie Verte cycle path which runs 35 km to Ugine. The Voie Verte can also be combined with the scenic waterfront of Saint Jorioz. Other good options include the old town promenades along Le Thiou, the rural trails of Semnoz, the boardwalks of Réserve Naturelle Marais du Bout du Lac d’Annecy, and the gravel paths of Vallon du Fier.
Annecy is quite compact, so getting around the heart of the city on foot is the easiest option. However, the city does have a good bus network called SIBRA. Many of our routes are south of Annecy bordering the lake, so if you plan to travel outside the heart of downtown, a car (for rent or for hire) is recommended.