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This picturesque lakeside town is a great base for exploring the French Alps, with Albertville less than an hour away by car and Chamonix 90 minutes. Whether you’re seeking a family-run hotel or a budget hostel, here’s our pick.
Annecy has been inhabited for more than 2,000 years. With winding canals, pastel-coloured houses and quaint cobbled streets, it’s a pretty destination on its own. But it’s also popular with visitors who come in summer to have fun on the lake, and in winter for the excellent skiing and snowboarding in the peaks nearby.
This is an updated version of an article originally written by Nicola Simonetti.