Planning a holiday in Europe is no easy feat.
With so many great destinations to choose from, it helps to first narrow down the goal of your trip. Culture hounds and history buffs will undoubtedly head to one of the continent’s world-class cities, while sunbathers and beach bums will opt for a seaside escape—one of Tripadvisor’s award-winning beaches, perhaps?
However, what if you’re not a sand-between-the-toes type of person, but still want to relax under the sun or take a dip in the water? Consider a lakeside holiday. The calming, romantic atmosphere and incredible views of a waterfront stay will wash away your daily stresses. But don’t just stay by any body of water. We’ve rounded up eight beautiful lakes in Europe, each with stunning holiday homes on offer.
8. Lake Bled, Slovenia
7. Lake Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia (Fyrom)
6. Lake Orta, Italy
5. Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Croatia joined the European Union in 2013 and long-term fans of this beautiful country began to fear the price of their Croatian beer going up. However, thanks to National Park rules, the stunning Plitvice Lakes remain carefully protected from a stampede of tourists, eager to glance upon its aqua waters and impressive series of waterfalls; a truly unique sight. Explore the National Park in detail on a full-day guided tour, which includes a hike, a boat cruise and a scenic train ride. Book yourself a local holiday home to be close to the hiking trails and the water.
4. Loch Awe, Scotland
3. Lake of Sainte-Croix, France
2. Lake Hévíz, Hungary
1. Lake Constance, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria