A haven of peace on the eastern shore of Lake Annecy in south-east France, the little town of Talloires has made a name for itself as a base for summer and winter activities in a charming setting, with lots of medieval architecture and great food too. All of these combined make it a great spot for family holidays and breaks with outdoorsy kids.
Things to do with kids in Talloires
Try your hand at sailing, windsurfing, paddleboarding, diving, rowing and waterskiing – watersports are one of the key attractions on Lake Annecy for kids and adults alike. You can also swim in the lake, including in special kids' sections, and there's a toddler's pool on one of its beaches.
Sample the wide range of mountain sports, including mountain-biking, canyoning, climbing and paragliding.
Discover natural sights close at hand, including the Cascade d'Angon waterfall and the Réserve Nature du Roc de Chère.
Explore the medieval buildings of both Talloires and nearby Annecy, or branch out into the numerous attractive ski resorts within easy driving distance, including Megève – see our Haute Savoie page for more details.
Village church, Talloires.
There are are plenty of restaurants in the area catering for those on family holidays and breaks of all budgets. The renowned restaurant at Père Bise (see Accommodation) has a kids' menu. For more on local cuisine, see our French Alps page.
Biking above Lake Annecy.
When to go to Talloires
The main summer season in Talloires is relatively short – early June to late Sept. Temperatures in July and Aug are typically in the high 20°Cs and you can expect plenty of sunny days, although older and wetter alpine weather can occasionally roll down from the surrounding hills. However, Aug can be busy with French holidaymakers, so try to schedule family holidays and breaks for July, which sees some of the best weather but is relatively peaceful. Alternatively, come in August to enjoy the annual Pyroconcerts of spectacular concerts over the lake.
The official ski/winter sports season in the Haute Savoie region of which Talloires is a part kicks off in mid-December and ends in early May, although the ski lifts may open earlier if there’s enough snow.
An August 'pyroconcert'.
Its location and popularity mean that Talloires isn't a cheap option for family holidays and breaks. On top of accommodation prices, reckon on paying about £30-40 each for activities.
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Paragliding above Lake Annecy.
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Cow grazing above Lake Annecy.
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