The following is a reposted portion of an article from Trip Advisor.

Planning a holiday in Europe is no easy feat.

With so many great destinations to choose from, it helps to first narrow down the goal of your trip. Culture hounds and history buffs will undoubtedly head to one of the continent’s world-class cities, while sunbathers and beach bums will opt for a seaside escape—one of TripAdvisor’s recent award-winning beaches, perhaps?

However, what if you’re not a sand-between-the-toes type of person, but still want to relax under the sun or take a dip in the water? Consider a lakeside home from TripAdvisor Rentals. You’ll be smitten with the cosy properties available to book. The calming, romantic atmosphere and incredible views of a waterfront stay will wash away your daily stresses.

But don’t just stay by any body of water. We’ve rounded up eight beautiful lakes in Europe, each with stunning holiday homes on offer. And the cherry on top? None of these rentals will break the bank, especially if you’re splitting the cost with friends or family.

Lake Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia (Fyrom)

Imagine sipping your morning coffee on the terrace of this stunning lakeside villa, or ending the evening with a sparkling night cap. Considered to be one of Europe’s oldest and deepest lakes and an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, Lake Ohrid has long been one of the go-to locations for lazy lakeside holidays for residents of Macedonia and Albania, the two countries it touches. While visitors now come from across the Balkans and further afield, there is still charm, beauty, and most importantly peace and quiet to be found along the banks of these turquoise waters.

AuthorNicolas Segura