Europe’s Most Beautiful Lakes


Taking a vacation at a lake is a great way to relax from the hectic stress of your day to day life. There is something about tranquil waters surrounded by beautiful nature that really helps you put things into perspective. Here are five of Europe’s most beautiful lakes.

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of Croatia’s most popular tourist destinations and it will be on the bucket list of anyone exploring Croatia. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. There are sixteen beautiful lakes that are connected by a series of waterfalls. The tallest waterfall is Veliki Slap and it is 70m tall. The lakes are surrounded by beautiful forests and you can see bears, deer, wolves, boars and many rare species of birds. There are plenty of accommodations near the two entrances to the park and you can stay in a hotel, rent a guesthouse, or try camping.

Lake Geneva, Switzerland

This beautiful crescent lake is the largest body of water in Switzerland. It is nestled amongst the French and Swiss Alps and the lake covers area in both Switzerland and France. There are plenty of small towns and villages that dot its shore and there are lots of accommodation options available. The beauty of the area will become apparent as soon as you arrive in Geneva; your airport transfer will be one of the best parts of the holiday! The lake is great for swimming, sailing, wind surfing, rowing, scuba diving, and motor boat sports like waterskiing and wakeboarding. There are also catamarans that have been specifically designed for Lake Geneva. Yacht racing and rowing regattas to are annual events on the lake. The area is known for its wildlife and it is a great place to see common buzzards and red kites.

Lake Como, Italy

Lake Como is a stunning lake nestled against the foothills of the Alps in the Lombardy Region of Northern Italy.  This beautiful lake is surrounded by jaw dropping scenery and it is a wealthy area that is filled with luxury hotels and Mediterranean Villas. George Clooney once owned a home here and many other wealthy celebrities visit or live in this area.

Loch Lomond, Scotland

Loch Lomond straddles the boundaries between the Scottish Lowlands and Highlands. If you are planning a road trip, then this should definitely be included in the itinerary. It is 39-km (24-mile) long and it is the longest inland stretch of water in Great Britain.  There are many islands in the loch and Inchmurrin is the largest freshwater island in the UK. This stunning lake is great for sports enthusiasts and you can rent kayaks, row boats, paddle boats, peddle boats, and motor boats.  It is a great place to give water skiing a try if you are up for it.

Lake Mývatn, Iceland

Iceland has the lowest population density in all of Europe and it is known for its stunning scenery. Lake Mývatn is just one of these locations and this stunning blue volcanic lake is surrounded by lush green pastures on one side and lava fields on the other. There are plenty of other things to do and see here and you can visit bubbling mud pools, geothermal caves, waterfalls, natural hot spring baths, and stunning rock formations.  There are plenty of hiking trails or you can rent horses or bikes to explore the surrounding area.

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