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About the Region
Village of Talloires
City of Annecy
Haute-Savoie Region
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Village of Talloires

The village of Talloires (pronounced “Tal-whar,” from "Tall’eur" in Celtic, meaning “facing the moon”) preserves a heritage dating back to 1018 when it became the site of a Benedictine priory. Today Talloires continues to offer respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. In addition to being a popular resort destination for European vacationers, it is also a summertime center of intellectual activity. The former priory (Le Prieure) is now home to Tufts University’s European Center and its various academic programs and conferences.

The proximity of the French Alps provides opportunities for hikes or leisurely walks, and Lake Annecy offers sailing, water-skiing, windsurfing, swimming, or fishing. An 18-hole golf course and tennis courts are just five minutes from the European Center. Boat tours of the lake can be arranged for groups and are a wonderful way to enjoy the scenery at sunset.

Talloires' reputation for gourmet cuisine is known throughout Europe. Participants can choose from among fine restaurants and sample the traditional local specialties or indulge in a truly unforgettable dinner at the world famous Michelin-rated Auberge du Père Bise (L’Auberge du Père Bise), or nearby Marc Veyrat. Several of the restaurants have breathtaking lakefront views and are noted for both their superb cuisine and exceptional service.