Think summer and we often think sea but why not swap saltwater for freshwater and visit a lakeside location this year? Skyscanner takes a look at some of the world’s best summer lake holidays.
Lakeland, Finland – Eastern Finland is so punctuated with water that there could be more lakes than land. A labyrinth of islands, rivers, pools and canals, interspersed with forests and ridges, stretching for hundreds of miles in a placid and staggeringly beautiful expanse, this is the largest lake district in Europe. Find cheap flights to Finland
Lake Balaton, Hungary – one of the largest lakes in Europe, every summer, the lakeside towns that hug the shores swell as visitors come to bathe, swim and sail on Balaton. There are several beaches where bathers can enjoy water temperatures in the mid-twenties during mid-summer, and the lakeside towns come to life with live music, good value food and drink, and charming architecture and country landscapes. Find cheap flights to Balaton
Lake Bohinj, Slovenia – sometimes overshadowed by its picture perfect sister Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj, which sits below the spiky peaks of the Julian Alps is the less touristy, more secluded of Slovenia’s lakes. With just a small road running down one side, traffic is kept to a minimum, leaving Bohinj’s crystal clear waters idea for fishing, swimming, kayaking or just admiring the fairytale landscape. Find cheap flights to Ljubljana
Lake Okanangan, Canada – just twenty minutes from downtown Kelowna, in Canada’s beautiful British Columbia, Lake Okanagan is a tranquil retreat. Many might be surprised to hear that this Canadian region is famed for its wine – with over 100 wineries in the area. There are also spas, golf courses and of course watersports on offer, but keep an eye out for Ogopogo – a possible relation of Nessy, reported to dwell in the lake. Find cheap flights to BC, Canada.
Lake Geneva, Switzerland and France – known as Lake Leman in French, this is the second largest freshwater lake in central Europe. A popular place for the Swiss, French not to mention many others who come to its shores to cool off in summer, the lake is big with sailors, swimmers, windsurfers and water skiers. Ringed with quaint villages, castles and gorgeous walks, wine lovers will enjoy the region which has vineyards that sweep around parts of the lakeshore and up the surrounding hillsides. Find cheap flights to Geneva
Lake Orta, Italy – Italy has a famous cluster of sub-alpine lakes, and Orta, being the smallest, is the most secluded of the family. An extremely picturesque lake, fed by underground springs, this is a romantic retreat, an ideal place to watch the waters lap the shores with a loved one and a glass of Pinot Grigio. Find cheap flights to Milan Malpensa
Achensee, Austria – situated in the Tyrol, Achensee is Austria’s largest lake at 9km long. With superb wind conditions, the lake is a hot spot for sailing, windsurfing and kite surfing, as well as fishing, diving and swimming. The surrounding area also offers ample opportunities for walking, hiking and biking, so this is a great spot for the active and adventurous. Find cheap flights to Innsbruck
Scotland – we couldn’t write an article without including the home of Skyscanner and land of the loch. There are over 150 greater lochs around Scotland offering ample opportunity for boating, fishing, camping and even monster spotting. From the world famous Loch Ness and Loch Lomond, to the smaller, more secret lochs like Loch Ard and Loch Voil, Scotland is a great place for lake lovers. Find cheap flights to Scotland