One of the largest lakes in Western Europe, Lake Geneva is shared between Switzerland and France. Located on the north side of the Alps, the natural beauty of the lake and its surrounding area, make it a popular tourist attraction.Shaped like a crescent moon, Lake Geneva is home to different landscapes, depending on where you are. When coming from the eastern side, you can enjoy the breath-taking view of the Alps. While on the northern side, you can enjoy vine-covered slopes with villages and castles. The lake is also home to varied wildlife. The common buzzard and the red kite can be found in plenty.Covering an area of 7975 square kilometres, Lake Geneva is also popular for a number of water sports. From sailing, windsurfing and boating to rowing and scuba diving, one can enjoy a number of leisurely activities. Swimming events and yacht racing are two of the most popular events at Lake Geneva, and are major crowd pullers. In fact, the yacht racing festival is a much-awaited festival in the area where participants develop high-performance catamarans just to compete.