Lake Garda is not only the vastest lake in Italy, but arguably one of the most beautiful. Set against the alluring Morainic hills and boasting a typically Mediterranean climate, it won’t be long before Lake Garda holidays have you falling in love with this beautiful region.
From its picturesque lemon groves to its fringed palms, this region is not only relaxing, but wonderfully beautiful too. Holidays to Lake Garda also offer some of the best water sports, hiking and skiing opportunities in Italy, ensuring you have the choice of whether to kick back and relax or quench your thirst for adventure.
The delightful lakeside town of Riva del Garda is a favourite for holidaymakers, offering dramatic mountain scenery and dazzling Italian sunshine. Stroll the meandering streets or rest in the shade of its quaint waterfront squares. If you’d rather delve into Lake Garda’s rich history, Sirmione is the place to visit. Ideal for couples looking for a romantic break away, this picturesque town offers a glimpse into ancient Roman history with a modern feel.
Night owls should head straight to Desenzano for great nightlife, with countless restaurants and cafes serving up their own brand of traditionally prepared Italian specialities. Whether you’re looking for modern hotels or 5-star luxury, you’ll find somewhere to suit.
If its culture you’re after, Lake Garda has it in spades. Clusters of quaint medieval villages, Venetian style castles and sublime villas are spread throughout the region. The northern position of the lake is also in close proximity to the city of Verona, a destination steeped in literary history and the backdrop to Shakespeare’s most tragic love story, Romeo and Juliet.
Due to the year-round breeze that dances its way across the Lake Garda region, sailing is an attractive option whatever the season, and is a brilliant way to take in the stunning scenery at a tranquil pace of your Lake Gada holidays. Boats are available to rent from the many of the lakeside towns, and are the perfect way to sail the day away.
From the calm shores of the lake to the breath taking seat of the Basillica Santuario Madonna Della Corona, there is much to make a memorable holiday in Lake Garda. The gardens of Parco Giardino Sigurta and on the island Isola Garda are also a romantic setting for an Italian getaway.
To see the sights without breaking a sweat, go horse riding in the surrounding hills, forests and mountains for a refreshing tour of the area. For something more relaxing and a chance to taste Italian culture, visit one of the local vineyards to learn more about the region and sample their produce.
In Desenzano, Lonato, and Bardolino there are several bars and clubs for couples that want to party, especially popular in the summer. Meanwhile there is no shortage of pleasant bars and restaurants around Lake Garda for those wanting to while away an evening together with Italian cuisine and fine wine.
Whether you are looking for an exclusive hotel with all the luxuries or a quiet little spot along the lakeside to escape to, there is a superb range of hotels in Lake Garda that will leave you spoilt for choice.
The fertile landscape around the lake provides some glorious natural reserves; spend a few hours walking in La Rocca di Manerba National Park to catch a glimpse of some wildlife, scenery and even historic sites. Around the Lake are several ruins and monuments, such as the Monument of the Red Cross, to discover.
Make the most of the excellent opportunities provided by the combination of hills, forest and lake by trying out some sports on a holiday to Lake Garda. Go windsurfing, diving and play beach volleyball in and around the waters, or head into the hills for canyoneering, hiking and paragliding.
Lake Garda’s calendar is full of festivities, with music festivals in towns like Garda, Salo and Arco, wine and food festivals throughout the summer months and grand firework displays over the lake throughout the year. There are also several sports events such as the Lake Garda marathon and the regatta
Hidden in the overgrowth that surrounds Lake Garda can be found a plethora of interesting sites; Malcesine and Lonato Castle, ancient villas, and Roman remains are all major attractions. At Sirmione can be found the fabulous remains of Grotte di Catullo, once a grand and important Roman building in the Garda region.
If you want a beach holiday with a difference, Lake Garda offers the best of both world with some gorgeous sands surrounding the waters and plenty beyond. Swing through the trees at Rimbalzello Adventure Park, ride the rollercoasters at Gardaland Park and take a safari tour at Park Natura Vida.
Hire a bike and go on an adventure around the lake, choosing from the gentle flats along the waterfront and the steep trails beyond. On a hot day, cool down with a swim or take shade in the shops, cafes and markets of towns such as Arco, Garda and Desenzano
Lake Garda has a warm and inviting atmosphere that is great for families wanting to spend time together in an evening. There is a great choice of Italian eateries in the towns, with gelatios open late and friendly pubs welcoming children until late for local entertainment.
If you are looking for a hotel that will keep all of the family happy without breaking the bank, there are plenty of hotels to choose from that will offer the perfect base from which to explore Lake Garda.
Garda has some wonderful sandy beaches where you can relax and catch some sun; Lazise beach and Punta San Vigilio are particularly scenic spots. The Waterfall Park near Molina is also a rewarding trip, with some wonderful walks along the gorges, waterfalls and springs of this nature reserve.
Find some wonderful spas at Lazise, Garda and Simione, where you can truly unwind with a day of saunas, massage and thermal pools. To make the most of the sun though, hang out in the beautifully kept gardens of Isola Garda, well worth a visit during the summer with lots to see and do.
An evening meal overlooking the crystal waters of the lake and luscious scenery beyond is hard to beat, and after tasting the delicious delights of Italian food, head to the theatre for an evening of music, opera or drama for something that really immerses you in the region’s traditional culture.
A relaxing holiday begins with a great hotel - wherever you want to stay, whatever your budget, there are plenty of options that will help you plan your holiday hassle free. The Ziba Hotel and Spa is a great choice for a laid-back break.