The focus of many walks, watersports and outdoor photography – lakes are one of the most versatile natural features earth has to offer. But where are the best lakes to visit? With so many to choose from, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 most beautiful lakes in the world. Whether they’re unusually coloured, quirky in their form or simply visually stunning, we’ve got it covered. Discover some of the world’s most popular lakes below.
Famous Lakes Around The World
1. West Lake, China
Dating back to the 8th century, West Lake in China once played host to the Emperor Qianlong’s holiday home. It’s surrounded by traditional Chinese towers, or pagodas, on hilltops and lined with willow trees, producing one of the most scenic views the world has to offer. With an abundance of walking trails, photo opportunities and even a light show, this is one of the best lakes to visit if you’re heading over to east-Asia.
2. Lake Como, Italy
Next up in our top 10 most beautiful lakes in the world, we have Lake Como. Located in the north of the Italian countryside, this lake is one of the deepest in Europe. With its turquoise waters, picturesque stone houses and blue skies, you’ll struggle to resist taking a dip in this one. Depending on your favourite kind of holiday, you can explore the local towns, visit the historic villas or even just relax on the shores – the choice is yours!
3. Lake Bled, Slovenia
Discover crystal waters, old wooden rowing boats and a micro-island at Lake Bled. Row out to the island, or swim if you’re feeling brave, explore the Church of the Assumption and ring the wishing bell! For spectacular views of the lake, take a hike up to the Lake Bled Castle, originating back to 1011. Or if you’re a fan of watersports, there’s no better place to try paddle boarding.
4. Lake Tahoe, USA
Fourth in our top 10 most beautiful lakes in the world, Lake Tahoe. Bordering both California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is one of the highest-elevated lakes in the USA – and not to mention second deepest. Depending on the time of year you visit, your trip could differ greatly. In the winter, Lake Tahoe is home to a number of different ski resorts. Or, if you’re visiting in the summer, embark on the Rubicon trail as it runs alongside the shoreline for the majority of the hike.
5. Dead Sea, Jordan
Despite its name, the Dead Sea is actually a lake in Jordan – and one of the saltiest bodies of water to exist! Not only does it offer some stunning views, if you go for a swim you could benefit from its healing properties. With potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium in abundance, the Dead Sea will leave you feeling moisturised, relaxed and maybe even looking younger! Just don’t forget to douse yourself in its mud before you go for a free spa-like experience.
6. Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
Otherwise known as the Red Lagoon, this is one of the most exotic lakes you can visit. With the Andes mountain range looming over you, Laguna Colorada is surely a striking landscape. Being red in colour and contrasting the chocolate brown mountains, you may feel like you’re in a surrealist painting when visiting this lake. Many scientists believe that the lake’s colour is a result of the algae and other rich minerals in the water. Thanks to the everlasting supply of plankton, you’ll also be sure to spot some flamingos when you’re there!
7. Pehoe Lake, Patagonia
Patagonia is famous for its hiking trails and isolated landscape. Although lesser known for its lakes, they’re still some of the best lakes to visit across the globe – especially Pehoe Lake. Close to Castillo Hill Village, this particular lake is one of the most popular, as its crystalline waters reflect the Cuernos del Paine mountains. Also home to pumas, zorro culpeos (a South American fox) and more, Pehoe lake is perfect for spotting animals you might not see elsewhere.
8. Lake Hillier, Australia
One of the most unique lakes in the world, Lake Hillier can be found on Middle Island (Australia) and it’s famous due to its pink colour! Wondering why? Scientists believe that the pink colour is a result of a particular type of micro-algae known as Dunaliella salina – and it’s totally safe to swim in! One of the best ways you can see the lake is from the sky, on a scenic flight with one of the many Air Services available.
9. Loch Ness, Scotland
Next in our top 10 most beautiful lakes in the world, is somewhere closer to home, but just as beautiful – Loch Ness in Scotland. Everyone’s heard of it and the mystery that surrounds the mythical beast that lives in its waters. Deep in the countryside of Inverness, Loch Ness is the largest lake by volume in the whole of the UK. One of the best ways to visit the Loch is still by boat, regardless of whether you decide to head on a gentle cruise or an adventurous RIB. Scotland is also famous for its rain, so remember to take your waterproof jacket with you!
10. Rydal Water, England
If you’re a regular visitor of the Lake District, you’ll have probably visited Rydal. Located between Grasmere and Ambleside in the Rothay Valley, this lake comes with some hidden gems. Namely, Rydal cave is just a short walk up from the lake. If you’re a fan of literature, you might be interested to know that Rydal water is home to one of Wordsworth’s favourite viewpoint, known as Wordsworth’s Seat’. And when you’re done trekking, treat yourself to a drink and a scone at the Old School Room Tea Shop!
And we’re done – the top 10 most beautiful lakes in the world. If you’re feeling inspired to visit one or more of these natural beauties, remember to stock up on all the gear from our range of men’s outdoor clothing and women’s outdoor clothing.