Not interested in the crowded seaside beaches, but still looking to get in a summer swim? Dip your toes into the still waters of one of these pools surrounded by scenic countryside. From the well-known favorites to the hidden gems, here is our pick of the best lakes Europe.
Lake Como - Italy
At the foot of the Rhaetian Alps,
Lake Comois surely one of the most beautiful attractions in northern Italy. The colourful villages which are sprinkled along the shoreline and up the surrounding hills are so stunning it is no wonder the area draws thousands of tourists every year. What's more, you may even spot George Clooney, as he normally takes his holidays here.
Kerid Crater Lake - Iceland
The volcanic Crater Lake is one of several in the area and forms part of the
Golden Circle tourwhich covers the best of Iceland'snatural attractions. The minerals in the soil are absorbed into the water meaning the lake is a strikingly vivid aquamarine colour.
Lake Geneva ? Switzerland and France
Among one of the largest lakes in Europe, the crescent shaped lake spans
73 kmin length and sits on the border between Franceand Switzerland. The French side has lines of vineyards and cobbled old towns, whereas the Swiss side is home to cool bars and boutique hotels.
Loch Ness - Scotland
Renowned for being the home of the legendary
sea monster, Scotland's most famous lake is nestled in the rugged Highlands. There's a 16th century fortress that overlooks the loch and the multitude of walking trails make the area popular with hikers.
Piora Valley Lakes - Switzerland
Discover these three stunning Alpine lakes hidden in a valley in the mountains on your next tour of Europe. The lakes of Ritom, Cadagno and Tom can be visited on a circular walk that takes around 3 hours.
Lake Cadagnois particularly special because it is meromictic, meaning it has layers of water which do not mix, which is very rare. While in the area, make time to try some Piora cheese, a local specialty.