Lake Annecy is one of the best destinations for little ones… escape pollution and fill up on oxygen! Numerous visits and activities adapted to babies and young children for the perfect family vacation!


An ideal campsite in Annecy

The logistics of taking our little ones on vacation are quite a challenge. Camping l’Idéal is here to make your stay easy, fun and relaxing.

All our accommodations are comfortable, equipped with TV and covered terrace. Some are air-conditioned and more spacious, so don’t hesitate to ask before you book!

A crazy water park. More than 1,000m² of indoor and heated pool space, including a paddling pool, a heated outdoor aqualudic area for 2-8 year-olds, an aquasplash and not forgetting a swimming pool, waterslides and a lagoon, jets and anatomical benches for older children 😉.

We offer a wide range of services:

  • Baby bed, chair and bathtub available for hire
  • a playground suitable for all ages
  • Bike rental with baby seat or cart directly on the Ideal campsite
  • From July to August Kids club from 3 years old
  • Our sanitary facilities include a baby area with changing table and bathtub.
  • The restaurant offers on-site or takeaway menus, including a children’s menu.

– The bakery/grocery with fresh bread and pastries every day, grocery products and a few emergency products for the little ones: meals, compotes, diapers….

Activities on the shores of lake annecy

There are so many activities to choose from… here are just a few that we think are a must.
Cycle to Annecy on the well-developed Doussard-Annecy greenway. We recommend a return trip with the little ones. The Tour du Lac is 40km long, with only 300m of ascent, but traffic is heavy and the eastern shore of Annecy Talloires Doussard is partially developed. On the campsite, we offer rental of mountain bikes, electric bikes, children’s carts and baby seats. Don’t forget to book!

Always remember to keep cool in summer!
We recommend 3 beaches: Doussard, 5 minutes by bike from the campsite, Angon and Saint Jorioz, only 20 minutes by bike from the campsite. All shaded with sand and a magnificent view of the Annecy mountains. At the entrance to Doussard beach, pedalos and boats for hire, with or without a licence.

Gain altitude, but not too much!
La Sambuy station at 1850 m.
Fun, family-friendly hikes in an exceptional setting with breathtaking views of Lake Annecy, its mountains and Mont Blanc. For even more fun, there’s a chairlift ascent and a summer toboggan run.
Col de la Forclaz in the commune of Montmin is a pass at 1,147 m altitude on the eastern shore of Lake Annecy. It is famous for its magnificent panorama and its spot for paraglider take-offs. Before heading back down, enjoy a drink at sunset, followed by a tasting of one of Savoy’s specialties.

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Annecy and surrounding area

Visit the LAC d’Annecy. Cruise on the lake, heading for Annecy, this time by boat. Good alternative, no need to take the car, avoids traffic jams, saves time and money. Departure from the port of Doussard, just 1km from the campsite, where you can get there on foot. Remember to reserve your seats the day before at reception. It takes 1 hour to reach Annecy.

Visit Annecy and its old town. Stroll along the cobblestone streets of the little Venice of the Alps. Head to the Pâquier for an ice cream, a ride on the merry-go-round or a trip over the famous Pont des Amours, which is just stunning, with the Jardin de l’Europe on one side and the Champ de Mars on the other. Before getting back on the boat, visit Annecy castle.

Visit to the gorges du fier and Montrottier castle. 10 km from Annecy, a spectacular site for the whole family. An enchantment in the heart of nature! Continue your visit with the Château de Montrottier. The château and its gardens invite you to take your children on a fabulous playful journey through time! You can picnic on the river banks or in the château grounds.

Hiking around lake annecy

Parc Merlet 6 km from Les Houches in the Chamonix valley, facing Mont Blanc, this site offers a magical panorama of mountain wildlife. Marmots, chamois, ibexes, mouflons, fallow deer and stags roam freely everywhere. The nearest parking lot offers around 20 spaces, reserved primarily for the disabled, the elderly and families (with young children). Two hiking trails are available on site, one of which is fully accessible to baby carriages.

  • La réserve du bout du Lac. Lovely signposted path accessible by baby carriage. No gradient, so very easy for young children. The best time is in the morning, when it’s a bit quieter and you might be able to spot beavers and various bird species. Walk located 1km from the campsite
  • La cascade d’Angon and le pont des Fées: With young children, we advise you to leave from the Pirraz parking lot and take the route to the Pont des Fées. It’s possible to go as far as the Angon waterfall, but beware: some passages are difficult. For older children, you can leave from the parking lot near the accrobranche, but beware of the steep climb over the first 1 km.
  • LE PAS DU ROC: A short, easy hike for the whole family! From Thorens-Glières, about 30 minutes from the campsite, you can climb up to the Pas du Roc, with its breathtaking views of the Haute-Savoie peaks!
    Approximately 1400 metres above sea level, nothing too complicated unless you’re afraid of heights, as a small section of the 8-kilometre hike is cliffside!
  • Le chemin de la Roselière: 4.5km themed trail with information panels in the commune of St Jorioz. A beautiful walk in a protected natural area with many aquatic birds just 5 km from the campsite.

– 1h15 from the campsite, the Roselend dam is a beautiful site for fishing and hiking. You can take a trip around the lake!

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FAQ Annecy Haute-Savoie

  • Is the climate appropriate? Haute-Savoie has a mountain climate…. Changeable but pleasant and appropriate for your toddlers. At just 447m above sea level, the July-August days can be very hot, but the nights remain pleasant and bearable. Spring and autumn are mild.
  • Can we swim in the lake? The lake is between 22 and 24° in July and August, depending on the weather; in May, June and September, it may be a little cool for your little ones, but you can still enjoy our heated water park.
  • What’s the best time to go away with little ones? All the periods are nice and have their charm, but we’d tend to say June. The days are long, beautiful, sunny and less stifling than in midsummer. The nights are cool enough for a good night’s sleep. You can also enjoy all the activities and visits around the lake without the crowds of July/August. Early September is also very pleasant!
  • What is the recommended length of stay? A 2-week stay is ideal for exploring, enjoying and relaxing. 10 days is the minimum to discover our beautiful Haute-Savoie region. Less than 10 days to return 😉
  • Can we rent baby equipment? Don’t worry about your cars, we’ve got everything on site. Baby bed, chair and bathtub for hire. Also a baby carrier for your hiking days…
  • Can we drink tap water? YES, Lathuile water is excellent! It’s a luxury to be able to drink water from the source, without having to buy plastic bottles.
  • Must-haves??? swimsuits + caps +swimmers if necessary / “water shoes” if necessary for certain beaches / comfortable closed shoes (walking, cycling…) / a baby carrier for walks with little ones / water bottle to avoid buying water bottles / a Kway/windbreaker / Don’t forget sunglasses and sun cream!
  • Do you recommend a particular pharmacy? Take the usual precautions when hiking in the mountains, especially good footwear and sun protection! Standard first-aid kit.

The list goes on and on, and we have many more sites to recommend to you, such as the Museum of the famous Paccard bells, the Seythenex caves and waterfall, accrobranches and other hikes…. Take a look at our other articles or ask us for more information!