In France, we are still varnished! We have the Channel, the Atlantic Ocean or the Mediterranean Sea and thousands of lakes. Among the latter, there are also wonders perfect for playing sports, swimming, having a good time with family or friends, hiking… We could have made a top 100…
1. Lake Allos (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)
- 1 1. Lake Allos (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)
- 2 2. Lake Geneva (Haute-Savoie)
- 3 3. Lake Annecy (Haute-Savoie)
- 4 4. Lake Pavin (Puy-de-Dôme)
- 5 5. Lake Bourget (Savoie)
- 6 6. Lake Biscarrosse (Landes)
- 7 7. Lake of Sainte-Croix (Var, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)
- 8 8. Lake Salagou (Hérault)
- 9 9. Lake Vouglans (Jura)
- 10 10. Lake Saint-Ferréol (Haute-Garonne, Tarn, Aude)
A sublime high-altitude lake (2230 meters), dominated by Mount Pelat. The largest natural high altitude lake in all of Europe. Having no natural spillway, it evacuates its excess water through a natural underground tunnel too.
2. Lake Geneva (Haute-Savoie)
This one, we share it with Switzerland. The largest lake in the Alps and in Western Europe, it is at the center of vast breathtaking panoramas. Too bad that more than half of its banks have been urbanized… That said, there is still plenty to fill in your memory cards.
3. Lake Annecy (Haute-Savoie)
One of the great prides of the region. An exceptional site shaped during the Ice Age on which you can indulge in multiple activities, such as hiking, swimming, boating or paragliding. A remarkably surrounded lake, which can give rise to fascinating visits.
4. Lake Pavin (Puy-de-Dôme)
Of volcanic origin, this high altitude lake is as beautiful as it is mysterious. It is nicknamed for example the lake of the devil. It is also said that the lake was born when God wanted to punish the inhabitants of the village of Besse by drowning them under water. It is said that if you show up on the spot on the evening of December 31 and throw a stone in the middle of the lake, you can hear the bells of the old church ringing.
5. Lake Bourget (Savoie)
Trees, animals, including many magnificent birds, small ports spread all around, the Abbey of Hautecombe, the ruins of the castle of Thomas II, the priory of Bourget-du-Lac, the beaches, the Musilac festival in Aix-les-bains… The Lac du Bourget is so perfect… A certain idea of paradise.
6. Lake Biscarrosse (Landes)
Emblematic site of the Aéropostale, this lake with a history as rich as it is fascinating, is told in particular in the historical seaplane museum. It is also sublime, in particular thanks to its wild shores.
7. Lake of Sainte-Croix (Var, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)
At the exit of the mythical Gorges du Verdon, this lake takes the form of a magnificent end point! Kayakers who come out of the gorges can then enjoy its peaceful character and its water with exotic reflections.
8. Lake Salagou (Hérault)
An artificial restraint certainly, but a beautiful artificial restraint! The meeting point for the inhabitants of Montpellier, Béziers and Sète, which allows you to both relax and discover. There are, for example, lava flows and basalt chimneys testifying to ancient volcanic activity, astonishing glowing landscapes and hiking trails. This is also where RRRrrr!!!, Zone Rouge and Narco were filmed.
9. Lake Vouglans (Jura)
Renowned for its turquoise color, this dam lake is the third largest water reservoir in the country. Surrounded by vegetation, it stands out from the “competition” without forcing…
10. Lake Saint-Ferréol (Haute-Garonne, Tarn, Aude)
An emblematic lake of the Montagne Noire resulting from the dam built by Pierre-Paul Riquet as part of the design of the Canal du Midi. Dam also classified as historical monuments. A very popular lake in the region, where people come to sunbathe, to go boating and of course to swim. Without forgetting the many places to visit in the surroundings such as Sorrèze and its abbey-school.