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Inland lakes can provide a tranquil, rural alternative to crowded beach resorts. Here are five European destinations that might pique your interest as a second home.
Lake Viuela is an artificial reservoir located 20 kilometres inland from the seaside town of Torre del Mar in the eastern Costa del Sol. It is a gem of the unspoiled Axarqua area. The lake is named after the nearby hamlet La Viuela, which is frequently referred to as The Oasis of Axarqua and is surrounded by low rolling hills covered in a patchwork of pine trees, olive groves, vines, and crops. It is a focal point of the Route of Oil and Mountains, a mountainous route that follows its main olive oil producing towns.
Motorized vessels are not permitted on the lake because it is a reservoir, but it is ideal for swimming and all sorts of paddle and sail-based water activities. Homes with lake views may be found in several tiny towns sprinkled along the water's edge, the most popular of which are Viuela, Los Romanes, and Venta Baja.
Lake Köyceiz, located on Turkey's dazzling Mediterranean coast halfway between Marmaris and Fethiye, is a natural paradise a few kilometres upstream of the River Dalyan estuary. Dalyan, a riverside town halfway between the two, has recently become popular with international homeowners searching for something different than a conventional beach resort.
Lake Köyceiz, a short boat or bus ride from Dalyan, is popular for swimming and boat trips, but the thermal springs and mud baths at the lakeside village of Sultaniye are a highlight. Köyceiz, the lake's main hub, is a traditional town with a lovely waterfront promenade, traditional restaurants, and a vibrant market. Much of the surrounding landscape, studded with cotton fields and fruit trees, has been declared a conservation area. The area is rich in history; facing Dalyan across the river is the ancient city of Kaunos, famous for its Rock Tombs.
The interior Limousin area dubbed the "Lake District of France" makes up for being miles from the shore by overflowing rivers and lakes. Lake Vassivière, the jewel in the crown of the Millevaches regional park, is one of France's largest artificial lakes.
This 10-square-kilometre body of freshwater, which straddles the departments of Creuse and Haute-Vienne, even has an island with an arts centre on it. Ancient dark woods and beautiful glades meet the water's edge throughout most of the 45-kilometre meandering shoreline, making it a nature lover's paradise.
Meanwhile, the area's sandy beaches make it excellent for swimming and other water activities. Vauveix and Auphelles are little coastal hamlets with beaches, while Beaumont-du-Lac, the nearest settlement, is a couple of kilometres distant. A bit further off, Peyrat-le-Château is another popular hamlet.
Alternative alternatives inside the Millevaches park include the Lavaud-Gelade lake near saint-Marc-à-Loubaud and the lake at Bujaleuf near the attractive hamlet of Eymoutiers.
One of Slovenia's most gorgeous locations is fairytale Lake Bled, surrounded by a medieval castle and has a floating island capped with an old church. It's set in the foothills of the Julian Alps and on the outskirts of the Triglav National Park, so there's much to do in the surrounding area as well as on the water.
Aside from bathing in the thermal waters — the lake was created by a glacier and contained springs on its eastern side – rowing boats and kayaks are popular there. It is possible to skate on it in the winter, and there are ski slopes nearby. Property is available in the major seaside town of Bled as well as the surrounding countryside.
A short drive higher into the Julian Alps, Lake Bohinj is a calmer, more isolated choice and one of Slovenia's hidden jewels.
Away from the worldwide glamour of the famed Italian Lakes of northern Lombardy, Lake Trasimeno provides a more typical, rural lifestyle. It is located farther south in the lush heart of Umbria and is Italy's fourth biggest lake. As a result, it has a gently hilly backdrop interspersed with forest, sunflower fields, vineyards, and olive groves. It features several beaches, the nicest of which are near Castiglione and Torricella, and on Isola Polvese, one of the lake's beautiful islands accessible by boat.
Water activities of all kinds are also accessible, with Passignano serving as a suitable starting point. Lake Trasimeno offers a half-dozen lovely ancient shoreline towns and villages with various properties for sale, or for a more rural setting, the surrounding land is studded with old farmhouses.
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