Skip the Mediterranean for France's Alpine lakes
Beaches along France's Mediterranean coast are jam-packed with tourists throughout the summer, and even though many villas in France are situated in exclusive and private locations, sometimes escaping the crowds can be difficult.2015-12-28
Beaches along France's Mediterranean coast are jam-packed with tourists throughout the summer, and even though many villas in France are situated in exclusive and private locations, sometimes escaping the crowds can be difficult. Instead of contending for sandy real estate, why not skip the Mediterranean and head to one of the region's three amazing Alpine lakes?
Located just east of luxury rentals in Lyon, the French lake district boasts waters just as illustrious and warm as those of the southern border sea, and even during peak season has ample room along the freshwater coast. With the same cuisine you might already be used to in Paris, these lake towns have everything you could ever want in a summer destination - without the salty water, of course.
Formed by massive glaciers during the last Ice Age, the lakes of Savoie are unlike any others in France, with crystal-clear waters that reach depths of more than 100 feet. Lac de Bourget has a blue-grey hue, while Annecy is turquoise and Aiguebelette is emerald green.
On Lac d'Annecy, nearly every resident plops their private speed boats onto the water to wakeboard, tube and take fast rides across the jaw-droppingly beautiful lake. If you're visiting, you can easily charter a boat for a day and take the entire family along to fish, tan and spend hours absorbing the stunning scenery.
If you're not in the mood for the water, you can also take any number of easy hikes throughout the region - the whole area is perfect for visitors with active lifestyles.