For the moderate but delightful water areas – lakes – is very hard to compete with the splendid and huge oceans and seas. But for many people, because of the picturesque coastline and the peace that lakes offer, they are much better for vacation than their opponents.
Indeed, all those who want to combine water with any other activities might consider to choose a lake as a place for the perfect vacation. Lakes are one of the most favorite destinations for travel and holidays these days. The natural lakes across the world really have the power to calm the soul and bring peace and tranquility in our stressful days. We present you the most beautiful and the best lakes in the world!
Lake Baikal, Siberia
Lake Baikal in southern Siberia is surrounded by mountains and it is the deepest and the oldest lake on the planet. It is believed that the word “Baikal” means “plenty of water” in the language of the Kurykans, who lived there 1,300 years ago. The deep Siberan water is a real challenge for all those who want to sail on lake waters. Lake Baikal has the richest flora and fauna in the world and one-fifth of the world’s freshwater belongs to this lake. In winter when this beautiful lake is frozen, it turns into the largest skating rink in the world.
Lake Bled, Slovenia
Lake Bled is located in the Julian Alps, in northwestern Slovenia. The lake got its name from the Bled Castle. Lake Bled is probably the most beautiful lake in the world and very famous tourist attraction because of the mysticism and the royal look of the castle which is located on a rocky island. The lake offers many opportunities for engaging in various sports activities like golf, sailing, rowing, fishing, hiking and is a great destination for couples, artists or athletes. Bled is also the host of the World Rowing Championships. The island in the lake has a stairway with 99 steps, so there is one interesting tradition that the groom has to carry his bride up the 99 steps on the day of their wedding and make a wish in the church.
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
These beautiful lakes are located in the mountainous area Lika in Croatia and they are declared as a national park. The lakes are surrounded by three mountains Mala Kapela, Pleshevica and Dinaric Alps. This national park was founded in 1949 and consist of lakes, mountains, caves and waterfalls. There are 16 lakes that spill into blue, green, azure and gray color.
Lake Titicaca, Bolivia/Peru
Situated on the border between Bolivia and Peru, lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America (covers 8,300 sq. km) and the lake with highest altitude (3,821 m). Titicaca is a great place to cruise, and the visitors also have the opportunity to stop by the mystical islands Isla del Sol and Isla del Luna and enjoy the spectacular views. On these islands can be also seen the remains of the Inca culture.
Lake Geneva, Switzerland
Half French, half Swiss, Lake Geneva is the largest lake in Western Europe. The majority of the lake or 60% belongs to Switzerland, and the remaining 40% of France. This lake is glacial and it is one of the most popular places for racing with yachts and catamarans, which are specially designed for sailing on this lake. Around lake Geneva there are many towns and villages that offered inspiration for many great writers such as Mary Shelley and Lord Byron.
Lake Garda, Italy
Popular place since the days of the Roman Empire, lake Garda today is one of the most famous places for watersports in Italy. The azure waters of the lake and the strong winds are the perfect combination for any experienced sailor.
Dal Lake, India
Dal Lake is located in Kashmir, India. It is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world and an amazing tourist attraction. The lake is also known under the pseudonym “The jewel in the crown of Kashmir” or “The jewel of Srinagar.” It is about 15,5 km long and it has a wonderful boathouses and floating gardens. The lake is surrounded by parks, hotels and gardens.
Lake Como, Italy
Lake Como is located in Lombardy, Italy and is full of glaciers that are melting. Lake Como is the third largest lake in the world and the most beautiful lake in Italy. Also it is one of the deepest lake in Europe (400 meters). This place was considered elite, even in the Roman Empire. The lake is surrounded by beautiful houses and many of them are owned by celebrities.
Loch Lomond, Scotland
Loch Lomond is the largest natural lake in Scotland. The word “Loch” means lake in the Scotish language. This lake wonderfully separates the lowlands and highlands of the central part of Scotland. Loch Lomond is famous tourist attraction because it has 30 islands.
Sheosar Lake, Pakistan
Sheosar Lake is known for its green fields that surround the lake, for its clear waters and the beautiful reflection in the water environment. Sheosar lake is situated in Deosai National Park in Northern Pakistan. In translation, the name of the lake means Blind lake. The fresh breeze and the breathtaking view create beauty that is worth visiting.
Lake Mashuko, Japan
Lake Mashuko known as Mashu, is a wonderful lake formed in the caldera of an active volcano. The lake is part of the Akan National Park on the island of Hokkaido in Japan and is one of the cleanest lakes in the world. Lake Mashuko is surrounded by a steep crater walls, high 200 metres. It is assumed that the lake was created about 32,000 years ago, while the volcanic caldera was created about 7,000 years ago as a result of volcanic eruption.