Quick Guide to Lake Garda
As Italy's largest lake (52km long by 17km wide), you can expect to be impressed. It's big enough that it alters the climate and blesses the area with sunnier weather compared to the rest of Italy - added bonus!
Lounge around the lake and have towering mountains, with sprinkled with quaint villages into the gaps on the cliffs. From Desenzano and Sirmione to Salò and Gargnano, you can count on unspoilt landscapes, great for mountain walks and cycles, fragrant glasses of wine and deliciously fresh steaming bowls of pasta.
Fab holidays for:
Sporting adventures, Lake swimming, Incredible food
Milan, Venice & Bergamo-Orio al Serio airport
Did you know?
The northern part of the lake actually belonged to Austria until 1918 and the end of WW1.
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What to do in Lake Garda
Whichever season you choose to look for holidays to Lake Garda, you will find that cheap holidays in Lake Garda will often include outdoor activities, interspersed with exploring the fascinating architecture, sampling the delicious Italian food and a constant enjoyment of the stunning backdrop provided by the landscape.
- The scale of Lake Garda means that winds churn up its surface and produce ideal conditions for windsurfing.
- Visit Monte Baldo
- Those with a passion for hiking can tackle Monte Baldo during the summer, or return in the winter months for skiing.
- Riva del Garda
- The Riva del Garda offers a spectacular opportunity to see the lake from high altitudes.
- Soak in Sirmione's thermal baths
- There are thermal baths and a health centre with hot springs and treatments to help you unwind after plenty of hiking and watersports.
- Il Vittoriale degli Italiani
- A combination of a house, war museum and gardens, Gabriele D'Annunzio was a poet and nationalist that created one of Lake Garda's greatest tourist attraction.
How to get to Lake Garda
Buses and rail services run throughout the day connecting the various destinations dotted around Lake Garda. The rail links offered by the Desenzano del Garda and Peschiera del Garda stations include services to both Milan and Venice, so it is possible to integrate Lake Garda holidays into a wider Italian visit, and seeing more of the area is possible if you seek out car rental in Italy. Having said this, the best way to get around Lake Garda is to get out on the water and use the excellent ferry services. Choose between fast, hydrofoil services or slower, larger ferries where you can watch the world go by. Timetables are readily available and ticket offices can be found in all major towns. You'll know when a ferry is arriving as a crowd of people will gather by the embarkation point but do check you have the right boat as many services operate across the lake.
Where to stay in Lake Garda
The sheer size of the lake means that there are a number of destinations for holidays on Lake Garda. Desenzano del Garda sits in the southwestern corner with a wide selection of accommodation, coupled with the picturesque village of Sirmione which sits on a spit of land jutting into the lake itself. Sirmione offers historical architecture and a relaxed location in which to find some excellent Lake Garda hotels.