Calm, soothing and often situated in a wonderful natural environment. The lakes of France are as interesting as the well-known rugged and charming French coastline. Indeed, in addition to their idyllic location, the water of the lakes is often brighter than the sea water and can reach pleasant temperatures.
Lakes are always worth a visit. To relax, to take a refreshing swim or simply to admire their beauty. Of all French lakes out there, I’ve been able to admire quite a few of them already. Therefore, I’m sharing a selection of the most beautiful French lakes that I visited.
Lac de Nino, Corsica
Lac de Nino is located at 1743 m above sea level and is only accessible on foot. The breathtaking views of Lac de Nino should be earned and once the top of the mountain is reached, you’ll find yourself face to face with a fairytale setting. No words needed to describe this wonderful place. The distinctive green pastures and water holes around the lake provide a unique landscape. Furthermore beautiful wild horses are grazing here in the summer.
Lac de Capitello, Corsica
Lac de Capitello (1939 m) can also only be reached on foot. Corsican natural beauty is simply not always within reach. The extra effort required to get there makes sure you’ll fully enjoy the final destination. A rough dark glacial lake surrounded by impressive cliffs and snow remains and a magnificent view of underlying Lac de Melo.
Lac de Serre Ponçon, French Alps
Lac de Serre Ponçon is an artificial lake that certainly deserves a place among the most beautiful lakes in France. There are plenty of possibilities for swimming and water sports. With its 28 square meters, it’s the second largest artificial lake in Europe. The location between the mountains is gorgeous and it’s almost impossible to resist the charm of this azure lake.
Lac de Sainte Croix, Alpes de Haute Provence and Var
Lac de Sainte Croix is located on the border between two departments: Alpes de Hautes Provence and Var. This reservoir was created in the 70s, after a dam was placed in the Verdon River. This lake is very popular and offers countless opportunities for water recreation such as paddle boating, canoeing and swimming. The beautiful turquoise colored waters are not the only attraction here. Lac de Sainte Croix is the gateway to the wonderful Gorges du Verdon, the second largest and most famous canyon in Europe. Be prepared to be blown away by stunning scenery!
Lac de Salagou, Hérault
Lac de Salagou is located in southern France in Hérault and distinguishes itself by the beautiful red glow on its water. This specific feature is due to the surrounding red colored rocks. These rocks give the area a special character so you can easily picture yourself being in another country. In Arizona, perhaps?
Lac des Corbeaux, Vosges
In terms of size Lac des Corbeaux is not very big but in terms of natural beauty this lake easily beats most other lakes in the mountains of the Vosges. What makes it so special? Its location in a “bowl” often ensures that the surrounding pine trees beautifully reflect on the water.
Lac du Mont Cenis, French Alps
Lac du Mont Cenis is situated in the Haute Maurienne. This lake is worth a visit both in summer and in winter. How? Outside the winter season it’s a great place for hiking. In winter you can go skiing and the area is also perfect for a snowshoe hike or a husky ride. I visited Val Cenis in winter and while skiing I was treated to a fantastic view over a half-frozen lake. I couldn’t do anything else but staring in awe at this lake. Gorgeous!
In this article I’ve chosen to make a selection of lakes. France has numerous lakes and of course other French lakes also deserve a place on this list.
Which lakes can be added to this wonderful selection according to you?