Lake Garda – a break by Italy’s largest lake
The region around Italy’s biggest lake is a true natural beauty. That’s why every nature lover should have Lake Garda on their list of holiday destinations. A holiday full of adventure awaits you by Lake Garda. You can go hiking, go for a stroll, bike ride or do water sports day in day out. Sun lovers will love the numerous beaches and places to bathe. The sights and interesting places around Lake Garda are perfect for those who want to learn more about the history and culture of the area. All of this is packed with treats that the Italians are famous for. You can’t enjoy such a varied timeout like this in many other regions in Europe. Discover everything you need to know about this holiday destination here. I’ll show you the most beautiful sights and places in and around Lake Garda that you can’t miss out on.
Holiday destinations by Lake Garda
Lake Garda is a perfect destination for every kind of holiday. Before you head off to Italy’s biggest lake, first you must decided what you want. The regions around Lake Garda can differ quite a bit. So that you don’t end up in the hilly part of Lake Garda when you’re looking for a holiday by the waters edge, I’m going to introduce you to all of the regions. Your destination just depends on what you are looking for.
A holiday to the north of Lake Garda is characterised by activities in the midst of nature. Active holidaymakers and nature lovers are drawn here. The mountainous landscape is a paradise for hikers and mountain bikers. The region is just as ideal for those who enjoy water sports. Surfers will find the perfect waves and sailors have the ideal wind conditions. Riva del Garda and Torbole are situated to the north of Lake Garda.
The south of Lake Garda is the complete opposite of the north. Instead of mountains, here there are picturesque beaches and bathing areas. The temperature is a few degrees warmer and the region mesmerises with a Mediterranean flair. Holidaymakers from all over the world are attracted here. One of the main reasons for this is the great selection of accommodation, campsites and restaurants to the south of Lake Garda. You can spend your free time relaxing and going on a shopping spree in between. You can also get involved in plenty of action here too. Gardaland and Movieland amusement parks are located in the south as well as the Gardaland Sea Life Aquarium. Popular places to the south of Lake Garda are Peschiera del Garda, Sirmione and Desenzano del Garda.
Monte Baldo shapes the image of the eastern banks of Lake Garda. The 2,000m tall mountain is a must for hikers and mountain climbers. For a relaxing balance, you have the bathing areas and sights on this side of the lake to look forward to. The most popular destination is Malcesine. Other popular places are Garda, Torri del Benaco and Bardolino.
The opposite side is extremely diverse. The mountainous landscape to the north is perfect for hikers and bikers. In the southern part of this side, lots of small harbour cities with plenty of sights are waiting for you. You won’t have to worry about getting enough sun as there are lovely beaches to relax on. You should consider Limone, Salo and Gargnano, if you want a holiday on the west banks of Lake Garda.
You should ideally be a keen winter sports lover if you’re planning a trip to Lake Garda during the winter months. The mountainous regions around the lake are covered in snow. Numerous cross-country trails and ski runs attract snowboarders and skiers every winter.
Sights and places to visit by Lake Garda
You’ll have plenty to do on a holiday to Lake Garda. All kinds of beautiful places with their interesting sights line the shores of the lake. It’s definitely worth hiring a car to travel around the shoreline. You can do it in a day but then you don’t have time to stop and explore the area. It’s best to take time on each side of the lake so you’re not rushing. I’ll introduce you to some villages and cities here.
Riva del Garda is situated on the northern bank of the lake. It’s mountain bikers and hikers that are especially drawn here due to the mountainous landscape. City break lovers will love the old town, where there is lots to see. Ruins of a Venetian fortress take you back in time. Another must-see in the old town is the Piazza 3 Novembre, which is surrounded by archways and wonderful to see. The Inviolata and Santa Maria Assunta churches are perfect sights for your holiday photos. Rocca fortress is surrounded by water on all sides and is another highlight to add to the list on your holiday to Lake Garda.
If you head east along the shore, you’ll reach Torri del Benaco. The small harbour town is enchanting with its narrow streets and picturesque promenade. The impressive landmark of Torri del Benaco is Scaligero Castle. It towers above the harbour and with its Museum of Popular Culture, it’s a popular stop for tourists. You can enjoy long walks in the adjacent olive groves.
Peschiera del Garda is situated in the province of Verona to the southeast of the lake. The impressive thing about the old town is that it is located within a fortress and surrounded by water. The fortress is the shape of a star and is the biggest military base of Lake Garda. Check out the entrances to the city, Porta Verona and Porta Brescia. The main church in the city, San Martino, is a beautiful piece of architecture.
A tourist attraction and popular holiday resort on Lake Garda is the city, Sirmione. The old town is situated on a peninsula, which means it’s surrounded by Italy’s largest lake. Just like in many of the cities around Lake Garda, there is a fortress here. Another highlight of the city are the Grottoes of Catullus. They are the ruins of one of the biggest Roman villas in all of Italy. Visitors enjoy the variety of places to bathe in the water. Those who fancy relaxing in deep water are in exactly the right place here. Sirmione is a popular spa destination by Lake Garda with its natural spring, Boiola.
On the southwestern shores, there is Manerba del Garda. It’s traditional and rural here. Visit the ruins of the fortress and the nearby rocky reef, Sasso. Olive groves and cypress gardens make the surrounding area perfect for a stroll. Manerba del Garda is a must for wine enthusiasts.
Gardone Riviera to the west is ideal if you want a peaceful holiday by Lake Garda. Although there is plenty to see here, you’ll be far away from the masses of tourists. The Botanical Gardens, Villa Fiordaliso and the Gardone die Sopra quarter are some of the main attractions. Don’t miss out on seeing the former estate of the author Gabriele d’Annunzio, Vittoriale degli Italiani on your holiday to Lake Garda.
Hotels and holiday homes by Lake Garda – the best offers on Holidayguru.ie!
Kick back and relax. Many hotels by Lake Garda with their comprehensive service guarantee an unforgettable holiday. They offer inclusive services so that you can really relax. The majority of hotels also offer excursions to the surrounding areas. Staying in a holiday home by Lake Garda means you can look after yourselves and organise your free time as you wish. You’re responsible for sorting out your meals and planning your own excursions. You can choose what kind of accommodation you would like to stay in on your holiday to Lake Garda. To give you a little inspiration, here you can find the best Lake Garda deals with hotel. There are deals for different destinations with various services. By the way: you can also find some great offers for a holiday with your dog by Lake Garda. The region is perfect for a walk with your four-legged friend!
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