Great lake breaks
Water, in all forms, is an important part of life and often an integral component to our holidays – so long as it’s not pouring from the sky!
Whether you’re soaking up the sun by a pool, frolicking on a beach or sailing the seas, a summer holiday would never be the same without the “wet stuff”.
This week the Flexicover Team looks at some lake alternatives. No more overcrowded beaches of the Costa del Sol this summer!
Lake Nyasa – Malawi/Mozambique/Tanzania
But for its freshwater, you could be mistaken for thinking you are by the sea at Lake Nyasa (aka Lake Malawi), Africa's third largest lake. These tropical waters are home to more species of fish than any other freshwater system on Earth. A real star of the waters is the mbuna, a native fish known for eating directly from people's hands! Bring your snorkel gear because, as beautiful as the scenery is, the best part about Lake Nyasa is what's swimming beneath you in its crystal clear water. Trivia: Dr David Livingstone’s naming of the lake was based on a misunderstanding. When enquiring what it was called, he was told "nyasa", the local word for a large expanse of water. In effect, Lake Nyasa literally means Lake Lake!
Lake Zell – Zell am See, Austria
This pristine lake in a picturesque valley of the Austrian Alps is surrounded by green meadow-clad mountains, perfect for a spot of hiking with the stunning backdrop of the Kitzsteinhorn glacier, covered in ice and snow all year round. The water is ideal for swimming in summer and paddling as well as boating, sailing, fishing and water skiing. Not only is the air fresh but the water of Lake Zell is so pure that it is classified as drinking water and to make your visit even more satisfying, it is just an hour away from Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart.
Lake Annecy - Annecy, France
This charmed spot in the heart of the French Alps is nothing short of stunning! Clear blue waters, verdant forests and striking mountain backdrops mark out “Europe’s cleanest lake” and the second largest in France. But don't expect to spend your visit gazing over the water in quiet reflection. During the summer months Lake Annecy is a hive of activity; the water is a haven for sailors, jet-skiers and kayakers alike while hikers and mountain bikers explore the surrounding nature trails. The lake’s main town, Annecy, is an attractive mixture of the medieval and the modern, with its network of canals providing a hint of Venice. If you visit on the first Saturday of August, you can catch an amazing two-hour-long fireworks display which illuminates the whole area!
Loch Lomond – Stirlingshire, Scotland
Set in ‘Rob Roy country’, this 24 mile long lake is dotted with islands, some sparsely populated, some disappearing into the loch when the waters are high. Ferries stop at the largest island, Inchmurrin (population 13), so visitors can get a look at the remains of a 7th-century monastery and the 14th-century Lennox Castle. Loch Lomond is hugely popular with water sports and boating enthusiasts. Only about 30 minutes drive from Glasgow, 1 hour from Stirling and 1½ hours from Edinburgh, it is easily accessible. Other lochside attractions include the famous Loch Lomond Golf Club, while along the eastern shore the West Highland Way is perfect for walkers and explorers.
Lake District – Cumbria, England
Few places in England can measure up to the scenic splendour of the Lake District; some would say it’s as breathtaking as any you’ll find in Switzerland or the French Alps. The largest National Park in England, it is home to the country’s highest mountain (Scafell Pike), the deepest lake (Wastwater) and the largest lake (Windermere). The area caters for a huge variety of activities, from canoeing and sailing to hiking and mountain biking, so it’s hardly surprising that it’s one of England’s most visited places for savouring the great outdoors. One hidden spot and a great place to cool off is Blackmoss Pot, a deep crystal-clear pool in Langstrath Dale with waterfalls at each end!
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If you are travelling soon, have a great trip!