The crystal clear waters of Lake Garda are perfect for swimming and many popular sports such as windsurfing and sailing. The local climate is softened by the presence of this large body of water, which makes it comfortable for exploring the towns and villages on and close to the lake towns such as Garda, Lazise, Sirmione, Torri del Benaco Bardolino, Limone and Peschiera which are wonderful places to visit with a great choice of hotels, villas, and Holiday homes or just for wandering around the cobbled streets filled with shops, hotels, and restaurants and are home to bustling lakeside markets.
Do visit the old port of Torbole, the charming old streets of Limone and the castle, and Roman Villa in Sirmione. From Malcesine, you can take a cable car onto Monte Baldo for some mountain walking and superb views. Walks on the lakeshore from Lazies or Bardolino also help to work up an appetite. On the southern shore, jutting into lake garda lays Sirmione with its quiet cobblestone streets, thermal baths, fairytale castle, olive groves, and quaint hotels. Gazing across Lake Garda from the town of Desenzano on its southwest bank, the view is quite spectacular. Lake Garda’s has more in common with southern Italy. The Veronese east bank of the Lake produces olive oil and famous wines, such as Valpolicella and Bardolino.
Looming above the area is Mount Baldo with its three peaks. Projecting through the last glacial sheet, its unique flora is a throwback to pre-glacial times. The rich soil and mild climate of the lake area encourages an abundance of wildlife and flora. Cedars, olives, lemon, and palm trees flourish and the Gorgeous shoreline offers pristine beaches. Numerous ancient castles dot the hillsides. The cablecar ride to Monte Baldo provides magnificent views of Lake Garda and the mountains beyond.
ven though Lake Garda is a popular destination for many Europeans, because of the sheer size of the lake covering over 365 square km there are still many towns and villages most of the top tour operators still haven’t discovered. So if you like to get away from all the hustle and bustle of tourists you can explore the many towns dotted around the lake and the surrounding mountains.
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I can recommend some excellent restaurants, trattoria’s, hotels, or bed and breakfasts found off the beaten track away from the busy crowds and tourists. I have put together over 35 pages of travel information about the lake to help make your holiday a special one.
You can book flights online to Milano Bergamo Airport for as cheap as £50 low season, which is located 60km from Lake Garda. British Airways also fly from Gatwick to Verona Catullo Airport (VRN) which is the closest airport to the lake (just 10 miles) and have very competitive prices considering your baggage allowance still includes a suitcase and one hand baggage. All other budget airlines now charge extra for each suitcase you check-in.
If you intend on booking your holiday or hotel at Lake Garda, the earlier you book the better the deal you will find with offers from as much as 75% discount off Hotels and Holiday offers.
Garda the largest of Italy’s Lakes has something for everyone, for couples, it offers fine accommodation, attractions, the finest restaurants, and wine bars.
For singles or younger couples Lake Garda offers some great clubs such as Firmus and Hollywood’s While for the children there are theme parks like Gardaland, Canavaworld and movie studios where you can spend fun-filled days with your family for the perfect family holiday.
This glorious part of Italy is a very popular destination for sports enthusiasts as it offers an abundance of facilities ranging from windsurfing and sailing to rock climbing and mountain biking or for those of you that like to take a more relaxing approach Marciaga Golf course is one of the best in Italy and boasts a 5-star hotel offering professional golf lessons.
All sports equipment can be hired or you bring your own. Check out our sports page for more information on how to book ahead of your sporting activities at lake Garda.
Lake Garda’s breathtaking beauty can be enjoyed by coach, car or ferry, which will take you to most of the villages where you can visit some of the local towns and markets at Garda, Sirmione, Brenzone, Lazise, Bardolino Torri del Benaco, Riva del Garda, Limone and much more.
In order to fully appreciate the lake’s beauty, you can take a trip on one of Navigarda ferries which include almost all the ports on the Lake’s shoreline where you can take spectacular photos of the beautiful lakeside village scenery.
Cable cars at Malcesine can take you to the top of Monte Baldo in only a few minutes. At one thousand eight hundred meters above sea level, you can follow a number of easy or more difficult footpaths to explore the surroundings or if you prefer you can take your mountain bike and enjoy a relaxing decent taking in the marvelous views Lake Garda has to offer.
Hotels Lake Garda
The town of Malcesine which lies at the foot of the majestic peaks of Monte Baldo, boasting one of the largest Botanical gardens found in Europe offers a wide range of hotels, apartments, camping sites, resorts, villa’s, timeshares and sports facilities including tennis courts, horseback riding, jet-skiing, mountain biking, golf, sailing, windsurfing and much more.
Considering that this is just one of the hundreds of towns surrounding the lake, it’s difficult even to imagine how you will find the time to do and see all that this amazing destination has to offer in just one trip to the lake. That is why most people who visit Garda return to this beautiful resort time and time again!