6 wonderful lakes of Europe
Do you lack inspiration when planning a holiday trip ? A trip to one of Europe's many lakes may be a good idea. The choice is really rich, and you don't have to be limited to one place while visiting.
Lake holidays in Europe
The tour itself can be started right abroad, on the Slovak side of the Tatra Mountains. There, at an altitude of 1,346 meters above sea level, lies one of the most beautiful lakes in Slovakia - Štrbské Pleso . There are many hotels and resorts in its vicinity, there is also a ski jump, where competitions are still held today. Unfortunately, it is forbidden to swim in the lake as well as on it, even though there is a marina for boats. However, for the sake of the beauty of the landscape , it is worth stopping here.
On the Swiss-French border
While in Switzerland, we will probably visit Lake Geneva . It is one of the largest lakes in Europe - it covers an area of 581 square kilometers. Territorially it belongs to both Switzerland and France. The Swiss themselves say that it is the bluest of all lakes in the country. One of the nearby attractions is the majestic Chillon Castle . It is located on the Swiss shore of the lake, at its eastern end. Lovers of wine and local delicacies should like this place. There are numerous vineyards on this side of the lake. It is also worth finding out if it is possible to come to the vineyard by motorhome . France, on the other hand, includes its southern shores with mountain peaks on the horizon.
If someone is more interested in the French side of the lake, they will probably also be interested in Lake Annecy . It is situated in the Rhone basin, in the heart of the Savoyard Alps, and is approximately 92 km away from Lake Geneva. It is the second largest French reservoir, its main advantages are also its cleanliness - it is considered one of the cleanest in the entire European continent. Tourists come here from all countries. They are tempted by the beauty of the area and the possibility of practicing various water sports . The town of Annecy, known as the Alpine Venice because of its resemblance to the Italian city, is also a big lure of the region (there are many canals and bridges here). The town, scarce in pastel colors, will surely appeal to couples in love.
Mediterranean charm of Italian lakes
When we travel to the south of Europe, to Italy, we should definitely go to the largest and cleanest natural water reservoir in the country - Lake Garda . It is located between Milan and Venice, close to the Trentino Alps and Adamello. Lake Garda is extremely popular among tourists, which is clearly visible in the number of coastal resorts and hotels. Many visitors to these areas are attracted by the mild climate of the area, the cleanliness of the beaches and the lush Mediterranean vegetation . Olives, cypresses and palm trees grow here, there are also oleanders and intensely fragrant cedars. The richness of fish living in the lake is also enchanting - there are carp, pike, eels and bleak swimming in it, as well as many other species. On the lake you can see numerous small islets, among which there are 5 larger ones. The most famous is Isola del Garda , and on its southern side is Isola San Biagio - Rabbit Island.
Lake Garda is undoubtedly a paradise for cyclists. There is no shortage of simple routes as well as high-performance MTB routes. More passionate cyclists can go on an exciting bicycle trip around the lake.
The accommodation base in this area is very well developed. Lovers of luxury will find here many high-class hotels by the lake . Tourists who prefer a more home-like environment have houses by the lake of various standards at their disposal.
Another lake, Maggiore , is a tourist attraction both in Italy and Switzerland. It is a famous glacial lake with many spa towns on its shores. There are a number of islands on the lake itself. The most popular islands are the Borromean Islands, especially Isola Bella. It is surrounded by gardens created in the name of the love of the 17th-century prince Carlo III Borromeo for his wife Isabella. The gardens cover the central part of the island, surrounding the Borromean Palace in green.
Another Italian lake worth paying attention to is Como - one of the deepest reservoirs in Europe and the deepest lake in the Alps. Ferries run on it, so access to coastal towns is not a problem for tourists. The varied shoreline is longer than the shorelines of the two aforementioned lakes, which attracts crowds of sunbathers. There are many resorts on the shores of Como, and in the period from June to September, fans of kitesurfing and windsurfing come here from all over Europe.
A bike trip around Lake Como is no mean feat. However, the beauty of this place compensates for almost all the hardships associated with this unforgettable trip.
Rest by the water
The largest and most famous lakes in Europe have a well-developed tourist infrastructure. Tourists planning a vacation by the lake can choose from luxurious hotels by the lake , intimate guesthouses, well-equipped camps with houses by the lake. A good example of the latter is Bella Italia , a family campsite located directly on Lake Garda. It has its own beach exclusively for guests, a water park with winding slides, and tourists are provided with various types of animations. It is an ideal place for lovers of sports activities - they can play tennis, basketball and volleyball, swim, practice water gymnastics, windsurfing and canoeing. Willing people can try their hand at archery. Bella Italia is, unfortunately, an expensive camping. A place for a motorhome here costs from € 15.50 to € 25.50 - but that's the price of a luxury stay on a 4-star camping.
More thrifty tourists can stay at the Maroadi campsite , also located directly at the lake. We will pay € 9.60- € 11.70 for a berth for a vehicle, and from € 8 per night for an adult.
This is just a fraction of all the attractions that we can find during a sightseeing trip between European lakes. Regardless of whether we decide to visit more of them or stay with one, it will still be a great holiday, where we will rest in beautiful surroundings.
A writer by profession, a passion of a cat. One day he will see what is behind the Urals - good to Vladivostok. So far, when he can, he enjoys the sun of the countries of southern Europe. And it's also fun;)