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5 Most Beautiful Lakes in France 

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France, in Western Europe, encompasses medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches.

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Paris, its capital, is famed for its fashion houses, classical art museums including the  Louvre, and monuments like the Eiffel Tower.

The country is also renowned for its wines and sophisticated cuisine. Aside from the above-mentioned mind-blowing things about France,  the country is also home to some beautiful lakes and we will be reading about some in this article.  

1. Lake Annecy 

Lake Annecy, in the Haute-Savoie region of France, is fed by mountain springs and known for its clean water. At its north end, Annecy has a medieval old town with canals and bridges. The  13th-century Château de Menthon-Saint-Bernard perches above the lakeside village of  Menthon-Saint-Bernard. The town of Saint-Jorioz has a popular beach. There are trails around the shore and pleasure boats dot the lake in summer. It is 447 metres above sea level and  covers an area of more than 25 square kilometres.  

2. Lac de Serre-Poncon

Lake Serre-Ponçon is a reservoir in the departments of Hautes-Alpes and Alpes-de-Haute Provence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, in southeast France, one of the largest in  Western Europe. Its elevation is over 700 metres and covers an area of 28 square kilometres.  

3. Lake Geneva 

Lake Geneva separates France and Switzerland with parts of it in France’s territory. 60% of the lake belongs to Switzerland with the remaining belonging to France. The lake is a popular lake that has rowers and yacht racers. Having a cruise, you would feed your eyes with the medieval castle of Chateau de Challon, quaint towns, vineyards and French villas on its shores.  

4. Lac de Sainte Croix 

The Lake of Sainte-Croix is a man-made lake that was formed by the construction, between  1971 and 1974 of a reinforced-concrete arch dam by the name of the dam of Sainte-Croix. It is fed by the Verdon river, at the outlet of the Verdon Gorge. The reservoir holds a maximum of 761 million cubic metres of water. It has a maximum depth of 93 metres.  

5. Lac du Bourget 

Lac du Bourget, also locally known as Lac Gris or Lac d’Aix, is a lake at the southernmost end of the Jura Mountains in the department of Savoie, France. It is the deepest lake located entirely within France, and either the largest or second-largest after Lac de Grand-Lieu depending on the season. This fascinating lake has a depth of 145 metres and covers an area of more than 44 square metres.

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