Holidaying by a lake gives you a myriad of things to see and do whilst you are away, be it water sports, fishing, hiking, biking, or just sitting by the water with a good book! Here we bring together some of the world’s most famous lakes for your consideration:
The Caspian Sea
The Caspian is actually a lake, and not a sea; it is a remnant of an ancient se, and it is the largest lake in the world. Containing saltwater (due to its early life), the Caspian cuts a long and slender shape through central Asia.
Shared by America and Canada, Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world, and was discovered by French explorers in 1622. Almost 200 rivers run into this vast lake, and the shoreline runs for around 3000 kilometres. This offers numerous holiday options, and you could stay in a hotel or rent a lodge in order to enjoy the water. Lake views are a must, and if you can get a balcony overlooking the water you can really enjoy the tranquil atmosphere. The lake is surrounded by dense forests, but the north bank is made up of lots of bays, most of which can offer holiday accommodation.
England’s largest lake is famed for its beauty, and the surrounding countryside has inspired many writers, poets and explorers. Lake District accommodation can be found close to Windermere, and the hotels surrounding the lake are particularly well placed for exploring the local area.
This is the largest lake in Africa, and is the second largest freshwater lake in the world (after Lake Superior). It is the main reservoir of the Nile, and mostly lies in Tanzania and Uganda, making it perfect for those looking for an African holiday. There are lots of African tours available where you can combine a trip to Lake Victoria with a safari experience, and you can even find more specific safaris if you want to see chimpanzees or gorillas, for example.
Although not one of the world’s largest lakes, Loch Ness is famed for a mystery. The loch is very deep (at some points its depth is greater than the height of the BT tower!), and for years tales of the prehistoric Loch Ness monster have lured travellers to see the lake for themselves. The loch is surrounded by beautiful Scottish countryside which is perfect for walking or biking, and if you fancy getting on the water itself you can take a sightseeing boat trip. There are plenty of hotels around Loch Ness, and a good range of cosy cottages too; visit in the winter to curl up by a roaring fire with a good glass of Scotch whisky!