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Aires In Annecy?

Hi, I thought we would be able to book an overnight campsite stay at Annecy. I have driven around the lake on the way to the slopes many times and have always wanted to stay and have a wander about the old village. I thought it would be easy to book a pitch for the night but despite contacting most of the sites in the area I have had no luck.

So we are planning on heading down on Sat 31st March and leaving on 1st April to head up to the 3 Valleys. We have never used Aires before so don't know what the process is. We will probably arrive about 17:00ish on Sat 31st March in Annecy and I am worried that we will have missed the boat and not get a space at an Aire.

Can anyone recommend where to head to in the area for a nights parking? Can we just park up in a car park somewhere and get our heads down or does it have to be a proper Aire?

Thank you for you anticipated advice.....
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Can't help other than to say that the aire is extremely popular (and I think limited to 24 hrs from memory) we wilded an hour away and arrived in the morning, even then we had to wait and that was in early March!

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Thats not a good time to get to the Aire at Annecy although end of March you might be ok. Wilding is not so easy either. There are a couple of spots in some of the villages as you head south out of Annecy town along the lake, I seem to remember one behind a church but its right down towards the far end of the Lake. There are a couple of spots outside a college not far from Lidl but we were moved on by the Police there once but it was mid summer.

Right at the bottom end of the Lake at Lathuile there is a cracking Aire on a farm which will definitely have space but its on grass and can get boggy. They may have bit of Gravel standing. Its also about 9 miles from the town but worse case you could turn up there and then drive back in the morning to town to see if you can get a spot on the Aire. The Aire is not the best to be honest but you might be lucky this time of year and get on and not get too hemmed in.


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Remember it is Easter weekend so bound to be busy. Maybe better to try to visit on your way back.

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The Les Gorges du Fier is not far out of town, well worth seeing itself and has a very large car park that I made a mental note at the time would be a good spot for a bit of wilding.

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There is a Municipal campsite not far out of town, I canít think of its name but they do have a website. I booked a pitch on it, via the website, a few years ago now, good job I did or I would have been sadly disappointed as it was full when we arrived. Itís nothing brilliant but itís acceptable. I never saw a single free space on any of the Aires, but it was in August.

If you have a bike there is a cycle track ALL the way round the lake, but itís a long way.

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There is a Municipal campsite not far out of town, I canít think of its name but they do have a website. I booked a pitch on it, via the website, a few years ago now, good job I did or I would have been sadly disappointed as it was full when we arrived. Itís nothing brilliant but itís acceptable. I never saw a single free space on any of the Aires, but it was in August.

If you have a bike there is a cycle track ALL the way round the lake, but itís a long way.

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Yes, we stopped there a few years back for a couple of nights. It's Ok (even has a cafť if I remember correctly). It's located within walking distance from the town, BUT it is located on a hill! So, going out is fine, but getting the walk back is quite a slog. Apparently, there is a bus service which goes up that way ...... but ....... it only runs to the end of August (not sure whether it starts in March or April), and of course, we were there early September.

Decided to move on after a couple of nights and went down to a campsite at the far end of the lake. Really nice with an (almost) lakeside pitch. Oh, and the cycle track is really good.


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The 1st time we visited Annecy we stayed up a fairly steep hill beside a monastery I think (maybe a church?) It was quite close to the old town.

The downside was the ringing of the bells!

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There are two ACSI sites which will be open from the end of March. They are both right by the lake and on the cycle path. They are about 6 & 8 k from Annecy town.Au Coeur de lac & led Rives due lac.

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We have stayed here in July without any problems https://goo.gl/maps/cZ942MRM2X12 Wrong end of lake but you can rollerblade in to town in 20 mins and get your ski legs into shape as a great cycle path along lakeside.

I have also wilded along this road https://goo.gl/maps/SDTqBUKm9Yk but think it was more luck than good judgement that we were mot moved on .

Parking a motorhome in or near Annecy was a nightmare.

Good luck

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