Saint Jorioz is a town located a few kilometres south of Annecy on the western shore of Lake Annecy towards the towns of Faverges, Ugine, Albertville and the great valleys of Savoie. The commune covers 2112 hectares at an altitude of between 440 and 1650 metres and is populated by approximately 5700 inhabitants known as Saint-Joriens and Saint-Joriennes.
History and heritage
The first settlements in Saint Jorioz date from the Neolithic period. Piles of lake dwellings attest to this. The Roman period was characterised by the construction of an imperial road linking Geneva to the Petit-Saint-Bernard pass, passing through Macellum (formerly Saint Jorioz). In the Middle Ages, Blessed Jore founded a priory near the lake. It is his name “Jore” which will give “Saint-Jore” then Saint-Jorioz.
The country museum, whose entrance is free, presents scenes and objects of daily life in the past: agricultural tools, firemen’s equipment, reconstitution of a classroom and a bedroom.
Address: 47 route de Tavan. Open only from 4 July to 17 September.
Épagny’s communal oven was built on 9 February 1879 by the inhabitants. It was heated every two weeks and everyone could come and bake their bread. Nowadays, the bread festival is organised several times a year, where you can taste the products for free: flamiches, breads and buy some.
We recommend the “sentier des Roselières” (reed bed path) starting from the Esplanade de l’Espérance, this walk will take you to the port. Many birds: swans, green collars, coots, mackerels nest in this natural habitat.
The Marais de l’Enfer is a site of community interest classified Natura 2000. Its surface area of 23 hectares gives it a major ecological role for the fauna and flora of Lake Annecy. It constitutes a natural boundary with the commune of Sévrier that cannot be built on.
The loop of the Laudon follows this river up to Saint-Eustache with beautiful panoramas on the lake.
The Crêt d’Appêt path allows you to take a pleasant stroll to Les Charmettes.
The best rated hotels
Depending on your budget, we have selected five hotels near Saint-Jorioz that offer excellent value for money and have very good customer reviews:
Apparthôtel Annecy Concept Côte Ouest
A hotel with an ecological concept that offers 7 high quality flats in the riverside town of Sevrier. The cycle path around the lake is very close. Services: home chef, baby-sitting, bike rental, tailor-made activities for a quality holiday.
From 95 € per flat.
Clos Marcel Hotel
This hotel, located in the lakeside village of Duingt, offers 14 high quality rooms, some of which have an island bath. The advantages: bar and restaurant facing the lake and private beach, a very good restaurant to taste the fish of the lake.
From €275 per night.
Hotel Beauregard, the originals relais
Excellent value for money for this hotel which offers either a view of the Bauges massif or of Lake Annecy with 44 rooms including 2 for PRM. The restaurant serves quality cuisine. Lounge bar on the terrace.
From 81 € per night.
Hotel Auberge Le Semnoz
This hotel is located in Saint-Jorioz on the road to the Bauges mountains. Parking is free of charge. You have access to an outdoor swimming pool and guided tours of the area.
Prices start at € 60 per night.
Auberge du Roselet
Only 12 km from Annecy, next to Saint-Jorioz, this establishment has a garden overlooking the lake with private access and a terrace. You can enjoy excellent perch fillets in the restaurant. An ideal location to discover the region
From 102 € per night.
There are many school facilities in Saint Jorioz:
- The Petits Lutins multi-accueil structure which receives 40 children from 2 months to 4 years old.Address: 130, Allée des enfants.Tel: 04.50.68.95.15
- The Relais Assistants Maternels Parents Enfants: a resource centre for families and childminders.Address : 130 allée des enfants.Tel : 04.50.68.66.99
- Schools: the nursery school is located in the town centre with seven classrooms, a library, a motor room and a school restaurant. The primary school has 13 teachers, a gym, a computer room and a school restaurant. Address: route du centre.
- The public secondary school is located at 99 route du Laudon
The Saint-Jorioz market takes place every Thursday, all year round from 8am to 1pm, on the Route de Tavan. It is a food and clothing market. During the summer season, the market expands considerably, welcoming more than 90 exhibitors to satisfy holidaymakers. It is an opportunity to discover the excellent cheeses produced in the neighbouring Bauges massif.
Sports and leisure
Saint Jorioz offers the following facilities:
- A skatepark: located on the route du Stade with two ramps for free access to the boards
- A water sports centre located at impasse des Roseaux. Sailing courses on different types of boats are offered: optimist, windsurfing and catamaran.
- Three football pitches: one grass and two synthetic, located on the stadium road.
- Four petanque courts on the Laudon road
- A 1,000-metrefitness trail with apparatus, located on the Laudon road.
- A tennis club with indoor and outdoor courts for year-round play.
The Saint-Jorioz International Boat Club
Holidaymakers and residents alike can take advantage of the water sports activities offered by the Saint-Jorioz International Water Sports Club. This sports club has 600 members who benefit from training courses and lessons on catamarans, optimists, paddleboards, windsurfers and wingfoils.
All residents and school groups from the left bank of Lake Annecy are welcome as well as residents of the Greater Annecy area. Accommodation in partnership with the Pré du Lac is available. The club celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2021.
A competition dinghy allows young people to train for competition. The nautical base is open from 8 May to 19 September.
Address: Internautique Saint-Jorioz, impasse des Roseaux, 74410 Saint-Jorioz
Culture in Saint Jorioz is available in several areas:
The Centre de Pratique Musicale du Lac: The CPML offers group and individual lessons in contemporary music, percussion, wind and string instruments. The level goes from the musical awakening from 5 years old to the musical studies certificate. The courses are given on two sites: the music school and the Marcel Métral space in Sevrier. 15 teachers are employed by the inter-municipal structure who also teach in schools.Tel: 04.50.68.90.47
The municipal library: located at 132 allée des Enfants, it offers the loan of 12,000 books, a multimedia room and cultural activities related to literature.Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm, Wednesday and Thursday: 10 am to 12 pm and 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm and Saturday: 10 am to 12 pm.
The Ciné Laudon cinema: shows 4 films per week. The programme is varied: mainstream, genre and independent films. The rates are attractive for this 91-seat cinema located at 12 impasse de l’Église
Car parks in Saint Jorioz
Many free car parks are available in the town: the large beach car park, the port car park (access limited to port users), the college car park. In the town centre, you can park in the underground car park of the “Îlot des Enfants”, the “Fleurs” car park and the Post Office car park. To facilitate access to the shops, parking is limited to 30 minutes.
Saint Jorioz Town Hall
Place de la Mairie, 74 410 Saint Jorioz. Tel: 04.50.68.60.44.Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 8.30am – 12pm and 1.30pm – 5pm and Friday: 8.30am – 12pm and 1.30pm – 6.45pm. Saint Jorioz Town Hall website