3 Lake Garda, Italy
Returning to a slightly better-known holiday destination, Lake Garda sits in northern Italy and has crystalline waters, sandy beaches, and (most importantly) delicious Italian food. Who can resist a great pizza? Obviously, it’s a lake rather than the sea, but Garda boasts around 28 miles worth of beach, which is certainly not to be sniffed at! For some family fun, we’d recommend Spiaggia Tifu, which is in the gorgeous historic town of Limone sul Garda. Here you’ll find cobbled streets, gelaterias galore, and easy access to the lake. If you’re after something a little more secluded, check out the Bay of the Sirens, and for history buffs the Malcesine beach is a must see: on one side, there’s a medieval castle, and on the other, the soaring shape of Monte Baldo. Lake Garda is easily reachable from both Milan and Verona, so choose one to fly into and perhaps spend a couple of days exploring your chosen city. Discover Milan’s famous duomo and fashion scene, or re-enact the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet in Verona, before heading off to a beach break with a difference.