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Life at our Europa campsite in Annecy - Al Fresco Holidays

There is never a dull moment on the quiet Europa site at Annecy. We arrived in April, in a heatwave although there is still snow visible on the surrounding mountains as at 30/05.

The campsite is relatively small, but hosts a heated swimming pool (even warm enough for us), and another tropical pool. And the 12€ 3-course lunch at the campsite restaurant comes well recommended.

Since arriving we have attended a Volkswagen and Harley Davison rally, (it was some spectacle to witness hundreds of old VW camper vans and HD motorcycles touring around the lake side roads) an evening of traditional Savoie music and dance and visited many different places within the area including Geneva and Evian.

From the camp site there is a back gate through to a beautiful (flat!!) cycle track (a disused railway line) – 10km to Annecy one way. 35km towards Ugine, the other. Don’t get too disheartened when you are overtaken by many very competent in-line skaters on the “cycle” path, particularly on a Sunday morning. If you haven’t brought your own, you can hire bikes and skates. One Dutch couple almost reached Ugine when the wife got a puncture. Her husband cycled and pushed hers back to get it repaired. She walked back for 2.5 hours – and he met her again with her repaired bike just a mile from home. The moral of the story : ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR REPS’ PHONE NUMBER (especially if they have a car with bike racks!!)

Sporting opportunities abound around the lake with water skiing and wakeboarding, fishing and boating and for the more adventurous parapenting, (descending a mountain hanging from a kite) and guests two weeks ago were skiing, on snow, at Val Thoren.

Annecy itself is beautiful – a city of art, culture, history and sport. We have already had a volley ball tournament – spectacular to see 70 volley balls all up in the air at the same time, and the lawns decked with pitches; a dragon boat competition 30-31st May; and from 7-12th June, the Festival of Animated Film in Annecy celebrates 50 years. Later on there are various firework displays, etc.

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