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The canton of Vaud as an unmissable Mediterranean-style destination

Jun 30, 2021

From Lake Geneva to mountain lakes, and a multitude of rivers, waterfalls and pools en route, there’s no shortage of water in the region. And there are just as many different opportunities to enjoy it – some of them more on the sporty side, some all about relaxation

For a breathtaking view of Western Europe’s biggest freshwater lake, there’s nothing like a cruise on board one of the Belle Epoque steamers from the General Navigation Company’s (CGN). Visitors approach the beautiful scenic of the region such as Lausanne, Vevey, Montreux, Nyon and Morges from a completely different perspective, to the slow and majestic rhythm of the paddle wheels whipping up the waves. Relaxation guaranteed for a moment out of time. In addition to these nostalgic boat trips, some forty destinations in both Switzerland and France can be reached from the landing stage in Lausanne.

For a little more relaxation, but from yet another perspective, head for the beaches. The more romantic types will love the location at Chillon Castle that offers a unique view of the famous building. Those with a longing for the sea will prefer Préverenges, between Morges and the Olympic Capital – a long stretch of sand where Lake Geneva could easily be mistaken for the Mediterranean. Lovers of a more urban feel might well choose Lausanne, which finally has its own beach at Port d’Ouchy – a 2,000 m2 wooden deck where you can cool off between a pedalo trip and an ice cream. The turquoise waters of Lake Neuchâtel will appeal to fans of exotic landscapes, with Yvonand offering a beach of the finest sand for indulgent sunbathing. Whether here or on Lake Geneva, Lac de Joux at the foot of the Vaud side of the Jura or in mountain lakes such as Lac Retaud – opposite Glacier 3000 in Les Diablerets – there’s plenty of water-based activity on offer, including standup paddleboarding, wakeboarding, water skiing, windsurfing, sailing, motorboating and kitesurfing, as well as diving for the more daring visitor.

Those who prefer to take it easy can watch from the beach or while sipping a cocktail at the edge of the water, perhaps from one of the decks installed as part of the Dolce Riviera concept. This year again, the Vaud Riviera from Montreux to Villeneuve will take on the feel of a friendly and cosy bathing destination. A series of free events are also on offer, taking the current safety and social distancing requirements into account, naturally. The Bains Payes in Vevey also offer food and drink at the water’s edge, and the superb sunsets at the Jetée de la Compagnie in Lausanne are the star of the social networks. And when the weather permits, events such as concerts and yoga classes are on offer. In Nyon, the Restaurant de la Plage serves fish from the lake and local specialities, as well as brunch on Sundays.

So many opportunities to discover the flavours of the region. With its six regions – including the UNESCO Lavaux vineyard terraces – Switzerland's second-largest wine-growing canton has plenty to offer the most discerning connoisseur.

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