Most picturesque lakes in the world

One of the big checkpoints to tick on a dream holiday for many is a dream view. And what better to provide a tick in this checkbox than a bit of lakeside scenery? There is nothing better than staying in your own self catered property, and being near enough to a beautiful lake to enjoy the fresh air and sights of crisp glass waters. With that image in mind, here are a few ideas of some of the most picturesque lakes around the world – a bit of inspiration for your next getaway!

Crater Lake, Oregon.

Crater lake in Oregon is the first on this short list of lovely lakes. Located in Crater Lake National Park, it is a great place for a day-long exploration. The crater is about 7,700 years old, and the water in it circulates about once every 250 years. Created from the explosion of the Mount Mazama volcano, Crater Lake provides an awe-inspiring scene.

Loch Lomond, Scotland.

And now for something fairly different to the former, but matching in beauty, is Scotland’s Loch Lomond. Measuring by surface area, this is the largest lake in Britain, and is surrounded by the pictorial area of Stirling, Argyll and Bute. Standing by Loch Lomond is the perfect place to see rugged and dramatic Scottish scenery. And if you’re in the area you should certainly sample the produce in local restaurants, caught from this freshwater lake.

Lake Garda, Italy.

Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and it flows between Verona, Brescia and Trentino. Alongside the length of this lake you will find several beaches, beautiful towns and great places to eat. An entire holiday can in fact be formed around this lake!

Lake Annecy, French Alps.

Lake Annecy is a popular tourist destination, and it’s easy to see why. The lake is surrounded by plenty of quaint and pretty villages and towns, and there is a lot to do in the area. Discover a variety of activities from water sports to cruises, or discover the lake’s heritage. It’s almost enough to distract you from the beautiful lake scenery.

Lake Matheson, New Zealand.

New Zealand is a beautiful country as it is, so it is no surprise that one of the most picturesque lakes in the world can be located here. Formed over 14,000 years ago, the lake is home to lots of interesting wildlife, including native eels and several species of water birds. The lake is also renowned for its mirror like surface which reflects views of the nearby Mount Cook.

These are just a few of the beautiful lakes that are there to be seen all around the world, but perhaps they have provided some inspiration for your next holiday. Views of a lake are great for providing a sense of calm and relaxation- just what you need for your next break. And for places to stay, a self catered rental provides just the right balance between luxury and freedom- and gives you the flexibility you need to explore a beautiful lake side area.

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