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Regional Information
About the Region
Village of Talloires
City of Annecy
Haute-Savoie Region
Location and Directions

About the Region

The charming, idyllic resort village of Talloires is located on the shores of Lake Annecy at the foot of the French Alps in the Haute-Savoie region of France (bordered by Italy and Switzerland). The natural beauty of the lakeside village and the surrounding mountains has inspired artists such as Paul Cézanne. Whether you enjoy hiking, tennis, water-skiing or relaxing at the beach, Talloires has something to offer everyone. This gem of a mountain setting is dotted with courtyards, gardens, beaches, hiking trails, small cafés, and shops.

Just a few minutes away is the city of Annecy, known as the “Venice of France” with its distinctly Italian feel. Annecy’s small medieval quarter is laced with canals, flower-covered bridges, and cobblestone streets. Its quaint cafés, open-air markets, museums, and castles give you a taste of old France.

What better place than Talloires to combine study with pleasure? The proximity of the French Alps provides opportunities for hikes and leisurely walks. Lake Annecy offers sailing, water-skiing, windsurfing, swimming, and 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.