Best lakes in the Dolomites.

Visiting the lakes in the Dolomites is an absolute must for any Italian summer vacation. If you’re planning an escape to the lakes this summer, you’ll truly be spoilt, surrounded by some of the most breath-taking mountain landscapes the world has to offer. Taking a dip in the Dolomites beautiful lakes should be top of your bucket list whilst you’re there, and we’re here to bring you some of the best and most accessible locations for your picture-perfect lake adventures.

#1 Lake Braies

Most graphed lake in the Dolomites. Ariel image of Lake Braies with the cabin and rowing boats in view.

Distance from Brunico: 30 minutes
Distance from Cortina: 50 minutes
Distance from Selva Val Gardena: 1 hour 45 minutes

Known for being the most photographed lake in Italy and nestled in the heart of the Dolomites, Lake Braies is one of the most iconic and picturesque lakes in the region. With its crystal-clear waters and dramatic mountain panoramas, it’s easy to see why this lake is such a popular hotspot. On warm sunny days, the lake’s idyllic turquoise waters are the perfect place for a refreshing swim. The small lake-side bistro also rent out traditional rowing boats; the perfect activity for taking in the views (whilst remaining dry!) and capturing your most Instagrammable moments! Lake Braies is a worthwhile experience on your Dolomites summer holiday.

#2 Lake Misurina

Lake Misurina in the day time with the fir trees and mountain peaks in the background.

Distance from Cortina: 20 minutes
Distance from Alta Badia: 1 hour 15 minutes
Distance from Ortisei: 2 hours

Located just above Cortina at an altitude of 1,754 meters above sea level, Lake Misurina is one of the largest natural lakes in the Cadore area. Surrounded by monumental peaks and beautifully thick alpine fir forests, this lake offers a more harmonious and serene swimming experience. Its perfectly calm waters are exactly what you dream of for a Dolomites lake swim. Not to mention, there are also plenty of opportunities to try a bit of kayaking and paddleboarding. We can safely say that Lake Misurina is one of the best lakes in the Dolomites!

#3 Lago di Carezza

Lago di Carezza photo showing the green and blue waters with the fir forest and mountains in background.

Distance from Arabba: 1 hour 15 minutes
Distance from Ortisei: 1 hour
Distance from Madonna di Campiglio: 2 hours 15 minutes

Referred to as the ‘Rainbow Lake’ due to it’s vibrant colours and beautifully shimmering waters, Lago di Carezza is an excellent spot to cool down after a hike on it’s mesmerising trails and easily one of the top lakes in the Dolomites. It may be one of the smaller lakes, but it’s unrivalled scenery and emerald water makes this lake unmissable on your trip.

The walking trail that circles the lake is less than 2km long and stays incredibly close to the lake. Stroll at your leisure whilst absorbing 360° views of pure bliss. It is also said that sunrise is another particularly amazing time to visit Lago di Carezza. Enjoy misty views before the sun peeks over the horizon to reveal the dreamy colours below.

#4 Lago di Limides

Sunset photos mountains and waters of Lago di Limides in Dolomites.

Distance from Cortina: 30 minutes
Distance from Arabba: 30 minutes
Distance from Selva Val Gardena: 1 hour

A striking glacial mountain lake, Lago di Limides is a true natural gem. Fed only by rainwater and melting snow, it really is an untouched wonder. Enjoy the excitement of taking an incredibly easy hike through the mountainous scenes and untouched caves to get here. Appreciate the blissful views of the peaks of Lagazuoi, Sasso di Stria, Tofana di Rozes and Averau reflected in the steady waters whilst you take a much-deserved relaxing swim in one of the most beautiful lakes in the Dolomites.

#5 Lake Ghedina

Image of water and cafe on Lake Ghedina - one of the lakes in the Dolomites.

Distance from Cortina: 10 minutes
Distance from Arabba: 1 hour
Distance from Ortisei: 1 hour 45 minutes

The picture-perfect lake of Lago Ghedina is one the most famous localities in the Dolomites. The tropical jade-green waters beautifully reflect the surrounding pine trees, inviting even the most reluctant lake swimmer to take a paddle around. Be sure to treat yourself to a cold glass of wine after in the charming wood café, Saliola, and soak in the Kodak moment of the Dolomites lakes.

The Dolomites are home to some of the most stunning lakes in Europe, offering peaceful retreats in the midst of nature. If you’re looking for the best summer activities in the Dolomites, visiting the lakes must be on your list of things to do!

Each of the lakes listed above is within driving distance from many of the resorts we feature in our portfolio. To complete your stay, we have a selection of luxury chalets in the Dolomites for your Italian trip. If you would like our help in finding the perfect summer chalet for your trip to the Italian Alps drop us an email or give us a call on +44 1202 203659.