For many, summer holidays – is primarily a beach, swimming and sunbathing. How to expand the geography of the holidays, when all interested the coastal resorts have been studied, do not want to repeat, but on a purely leisure excursion does not pull? Go to the lake, of course. Some resorts on the shores of freshwater is so famous that will give one hundred points Côte d’Azur, the beautiful Greek islands and … all that you have seen.
1. Balaton, Hungary
The largest lake in Central Europe is located in the west of Hungary. The coast of Lake Balaton – the most important holiday region of the country, with output of mineral and thermal springs. On weekends, residents often come here in Budapest, because the distance to the capital – about 120 kilometers; Lake for trains (including directly from the airport), and is easily accessible by car. The northern coast is steeper and is ideal for lovers of sports facilities, and a gentle south – for those who want to soak and swim. The hotel will have to choose meticulously: on the shores of the lake are many buildings of the Soviet era, in which the number shall not cheap and while clearly not worth the money. Nevertheless, there are pleasant exceptions. High season – July and August. Balaton plenty of opportunity for those who like to explore the area: you can go on an excursion to the small coastal town and the nearby thermal lake of Heviz, and it is possible to drive and visit the neighboring countries – the way to Vienna, Bratislava and Zagreb will take several hours. Party People will not lose if you stop in the town of Siofok Balaton, known for its vibrant nightlife.
2. Lake Constance (Austria, Germany, Switzerland)
Lake Constance, the Bodensee is, it is Constance, situated on the border of Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Depth – up to 254 meters, and the area Bodensee yields in Europe only Lake Balaton and Lake Geneva. Lake Constance – a paradise for lovers of sailing. In July and August in one of the towns near the lake, Bregenz, Bregenz Opera Festival takes place. Flora and fauna will charm fans of Constance vacation photo spread in social networks.
3. Lake Bled, Slovenia
Lake Bled is in the Julian Alps, 45 kilometers north-west of the capital of Ljubljana. On its shores there is the XIX century spa resort. In July and August, the lake warms up to 25 degrees. In the middle of Bled is a small island with a church and significant excavation of the early Middle Ages. To visit the island offers traditional wooden boats called “wattle”. Over Bled is located on a steep cliff Bled Castle. Another attraction – the castle Grimsche. Hotels at the lake a lot, and mostly good quality. If you get tired of the lake, you can sit in the car and go on the Adriatic coast of Slovenia.
4. Annecy, France
Before the French lake, located in the Alps (Haute-Savoie), best reached from Geneva, which is only 30 kilometers away. This is a very beautiful place, perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Here and sailing yachts, and kayaking, and water skiing, and coastal cafes restaurants. In August, here escapes impressive part of Paris. In the last month of summer fun on the lake especially: parties, fireworks and other “Encyclopedias.”
5. Garda, Italy
The largest lake in Italy is located near the southern foot of the Alps. It’s best to get here from the airport of Verona. Resting on the Garda, convenient to go on excursions to Venice and Milan. But maybe you will not want to go far. Local resorts – is a world-class leisure and life here boils not only in high summer season. Firstly, there are hot springs, warm water where you can swim in the open air, even in December. In addition, Garda – windsurfing mecca. Families with children will also find lesson: on the lake is the largest in Italy, Gardaland amusement park for children, Aquarium Seaworld, Canevaworld water park and entertainment center Muvilend.
6. Como, Italy
George Clooney’s villa in a bad place do not buy it. Over the years, there were resting Mussolini, Stendhal, Goethe, Nabokov. Como – the third largest lake in Italy (length – 47 km, width – up to four kilometers), and one of the deepest in Europe (to 410 meters). Located 40 kilometers north of Milan. The lake shores are lined with luxury villas and stylish hotel. Rest is not a budget, but remember.
7. Lake Taupo (New Zealand)
When you get to New Zealand, you should know that there is Lake Taupo on the shores of which filmed “The Lord of the Rings.” It is a popular resort for a variety of travelers – from water sports to fans of spa treatments. Rafting and thermal springs, skydiving and peaceful contemplation of landscapes – here there is everything. No wonder more than once to call in Taupo Elizabeth II.
8. Lake Geneva (Switzerland)
Lake Geneva is within the borders of Switzerland and France, the largest second only to Lake Balaton. The northern shore of the lake – the so-called Swiss Riviera, entirely built luxurious resorts. It decided to come in search of a quiet respectable rest (and health – there are many spa hotels). But young people are also happy – for active recreation is more suitable area of ??Lausanne. The beaches are not the best, but do not come here for their sake, but for the atmosphere. Herbal beaches fully compensated incredibly clean air and how easy it is transferred to the heat.
9. Lake Placid, New York, United States
New York – the perfect destination for sightseeing and shopping, but who wants to go to the metropolis in the summer? Perhaps opponents of urbanism can kill two birds with one stone, at first admired in the “Big Apple”, and then went to Lake Placid, East Lake and Mirror Lake. These often come to the inhabitants of the State of New York, who want to rest a few days without going far from home, but not going to the Hamptons with his marine traffic jams and noisy owners of luxury villas.
10. Lake Ohrid (Macedonia)
The fact that Macedonia has not got access to the Adriatic, should not confuse beach lovers. There is Lake Ohrid, which is on the banks of one of the most beautiful cities of the Balkans – the ancient Ohrid. It is the deepest and oldest lake in the Balkans. Average water temperature in the summer – about 21 degrees. Fans sightseeing holiday will not be bored for a minute. Accommodation prices are low, and those who understand something in high-quality and natural products will appreciate the Balkan cuisine.
11. Issyk-Kul (Kyrgyzstan)
The Soviet people are happy to have been to Issyk-Kul, with its spectacular views, superb climate and quality spas. But in recent decades the Russians somehow forgotten about the existence of this worthy and not very expensive holiday option. Four hours fly to Bishkek from Moscow – and you’re on one of the 25 largest lakes in the world. The length of the Issyk-Kul from west to east is 182 kilometers, and from north to south – 58 kilometers. You can stay in one of the Soviet relic holiday homes and in a modern hotel or apartment with all amenities.
12. Lake Baikal, Russia
Lake Baikal – the deepest lake on the planet – is on the border of the Irkutsk region and the Republic of Buryatia. The lake stretched a giant crescent 620 kilometers from the northeast to the southwest. The width of the lake – from 24 to 79 kilometers, it is easy to create a sense of the vastness of the sea. West Coast (Irkutsk) – a rocky and steep, while the east (Buryat) – flatter. Depending on which beach you want to go, you need to fly to Irkutsk or to Ulan-Ude. The swimming season usually lasts from July to mid-August. At other times, you can go diving, windsurfing, riding on boats. Lack of hotels is not observed, many have excellent sandy beaches. Infrastructure is largely limited to the residence: breakfast and dinner at the hotel have habitual spoiled tourist promenade with cafes here, of course, will not. But you will be able to discover the fishing and try the local delicacy – cisco. For active people who do not like to just lie there and jeep tours and horseback riding tours and river rafting and trips on the Circum-Baikal Railway and excursions – on Olkhon Island, the bay is sandy, in Listvyanka, the village Believers Taltsy in Ivilginski temple – the center of Buddhism in Russia. Self come to do on shore Chivyrkuy Bay.
13. Tahoe, California
Lake Tahoe is located on the border of California and Nevada. This is one of the deepest fresh water lakes in the world. Everything is there for a tired soul pine air national parks; clear water; ekooteli; not hot, nor cold climate (in August the air about 25 degrees). Who wants to have some fun – please, water sports, and in the evening you can go to the famous casino Caesars Tahoe.
14. Sevan (Armenia)
Sevan – the biggest lake of the Caucasus. If you have always attracted mountains and clean air, but lacked the beach – you are here. From Yerevan lake separated 54 kilometers. The water is a beautiful azure and very clear, in the summer the temperature reaches 24 degrees. From the historical monuments the most famous is the monastery of Sevan, located on a peninsula near the city of Sevan in the north-west coast. Food lovers will appreciate the local dishes of freshly caught fish.