Myth and majesty in China’s Xinjiang lake district

The lakes, forests and mountains of China’s far north are attracting tourists by the busload, but there’s still plenty of untouched wilderness to enjoy

Lake Atitlán, Guatemala: how a village became an artwork

An ambitious painting project designed to boost tourism and community spirit launches in lakeside Santa Catarina Palopó

In winter, the ice is 1.5 metres thick. Walking on the world’s deepest lake – in pictures

Joanna Lemańska takes a walk – and a drive – on Siberia’s frozen, Lake Baikal

Montenegro’s pristine Lake Skadar threatened by new resort

Tourism in Montenegro is booming, but the approval of plans for a new ‘eco-resort’ has led to protests from conservationists who fear it will threaten a stunning national park

Lake Ohrid

From my book on The Balkans The church of Sveti Jovan at Kaneo sits on a promontory above Lake Ohrid, from where you can see most of the lake and a lot of the lakeshore. In one direction can be seen boats, restaurants, and the waterfront of the town of Ohrid, and in the otherContinue reading “Lake Ohrid”

10 of the best swimming holidays around the world

Whether it’s wild swimming in lakes and fjords, a sea ‘safari’ in Crete, or a 6km swim in the warm waters of Mexico’s Baja peninsula, this selection of swims (and stays) is a stroke of genius

Matka Lake, Macedonia

Matka Lake is approximately 10 miles from Skopje and is Macedonia’s oldest artificial lake. Here old monasteries hide above the steep sides of the Treska Canyon- built out of sight of the Ottoman Turks, who forbade the building of churches – and nature is reflected on the calm surface of the lake, which is occasionallyContinue reading “Matka Lake, Macedonia”