Rowing is a very popular sport and while it might never reach the levels of popularity of football or cricket, it is still a sport which many people enjoy watching or practicing. For those who love to get their feet and arms wet, and are tired of their own nearby rivers and lakes, there are plenty of great destinations all over the world, which are regarded as a rower’s paradise. Here are those destinations.
The River Thames
The river Thames is a very popular destination for rowers, especially those who prefer professional-style competitions to rowing for pleasure. This is a legendary river, and hosts one of the most prestigious rowing events, the Henley Royal Regatta. It is a difficult course and has loads of spectators, which is not something you can say for every race, particularly due to some courses being much longer than others. For those who want to get away from the fame of the river Thames, going to the Lake District would be a much more tranquil experience, depending on the time of the year, of course.
Switzerland is a land of beauty. Lake Lugano is a wonderful lake which is also a prime rowing destination. As its name might suggest, it is near the Italian-Swiss border. Lugano does not sound like a German word. The lake actually divides the two countries and offers the best of both world, meaning that you can experience both cultures in one trip. The lake is surrounded by the Alps, which are more than just beautiful.
Lago di Como (Lake Como)
Lake Como is actually very near Lake Lugano, except it is completely in Italy. It is one of the most popular rowing destinations and tourists destinations, in general. The lake offers views of anything from lovely architecture, including small villages and the Alps, of course. Lake Como is also a place where professional rowing events take place, meaning that it could be used as a practice ground. It is worth noting that Lake Lugano is about 5 kilometers away from Lake Como, which is amazing if one wants to visit both the iconic lakes.
The Maldives offer a lot to anyone interested in water and beauty. There are over 26 islands which a person can visit and all of them are surrounded with beautiful scenery. Situated in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives can be a great destination for people in need of relaxation. Even though FISA brought rowing to the Maldives, since it is not that popular, it is still an amazing destination for people who are in need of exotic sceneries.
These are but some of the most notable destinations in the world, for a rower to visit. Among others, you should visit the Three Sisters in Ireland or the Charles River in Boston. Whether you choose to visit Europe, the United States or explore the vast rivers of Asia and South America, you will likely find amazing waters and sceneries, not to mention challenges.