Ever since the 18th century, the Lake Geneva Region, reputed for its beauty, has grown to be a holidaying region, visitors are enchanted by the peace that emanates from the landscape. The advantages of its climate and its diversity were appreciated long before that as, even as far back as Roman times.
Lake Geneva is the largest freshwater lake in Western Europe, holding some 89 trillion litres. It is, however, really just a big bulge in the course of the River Rhône, which rises at the Furkapass and flows westwards between the mountains of Canton Valais to enter the lake near Villeneuve.
Its water takes an estimated seventeen years to cover the 73km to Geneva before flowing on through France to an outlet into the Mediterranean near Marseille. Although the lake is only 14km wide at its broadest point, it plunges to 310m maximum depth.
The croissant-shaped Lake Geneva, the bluest of the Swiss lakes, is ringed with villages, castles and gorgeous walks that demand attention. This is also wine country, with vineyards spread around the full sweep of the lakeshore and carpeting the first slopes of the hills which rise behind.