Lake Garda - The Italian Lakes
The beautiful setting of the Lake Garda in the Italian Lakes has been forever attracting visitors for hundreds of years! No matter where you are on your Italian holiday, you will never be too far from a jaw dropping scene or three! Backed by breath-taking scenery, snow-capped mountains and stunning lake views, it's easy to understand why these gorgeous lakes are so popular.
Lake Garda is the largest and stretches from the countryside in the south to the foothills of the Dolomites in the north. Lake Maggiore is smaller and has a relaxed atmosphere and Lake Como is filled with elegant lakeside cafes and gelaterie!
And if you're thinking about what do do, Lake Garda has you covered - spend your days eating ice cream and enjoying jaw-dropping views in lakeside cafes; try your hand at some waterspouts (Lake Garda is one of the top destinations for wind and kite surfers!); explore picturesque villages and iconic cities such as Verona, Venice and Milan. The national parks are stunning and end your days at lakeside restaurants serving the very best pizza, pasta and sea (and lake!) food! Not to mention the regions famous wines!
Incredible Lake Garda is one of the most exciting places to visit in Italy, with a wonderful climate and amazing variations in scenery, it offers something to suit everyone! It is overlooked by the majestic Dolomite mountains, has sparkling clear waters perfect for you to swim and relax in surrounded by lush citrus groves, olive trees, vineyards, ancient Italian villages and sophisticated resorts.
Dotted around the Lake there are a number of charming towns for you to visit, all unique and filled with cobbled streets, pretty churches, ancient frescos, stunning gardens, promenades, local wines, and of course lots of gelato! Throughout the week local markets are held around the Lake, moving from town to town every day. These offer a wide selection of local produce, including fashion, gifts, homeware and delicious Italian food.
The winding roads up the west coast to the north of Lake Garda set the scene in the James Bond movie 'Quantum of Solace' (take a look at the opening scenes!). You can follow in the footsteps (or wheels) of James Bond and drive along one of the most stunning and scenic roads in Europe that is literally carved into the mountain side next to the Lake.
Families can experience the marvels of Gardaland, Italy's biggest theme park, or the wonders of CanevaWorld with it's Medieval Knights or Aqua Paradise. Couples can wander the pretty villages, travelling between each one by the local ferry, or what about wine or olive oil tasting? Sports enthusiasts can take advantage of the world-famous windsurf areas, mountain bike or paraglide down Monte Baldo ... or if you prefer just take a dip in the warm, clear waters of the lake and dry off on the beach in the beautiful Italian sunshine! If you are looking for something a little special ... experience the magical atmosphere as the night sky is filled with fireworks every week during the summer!
Did you know... Milan, Venice and Verona are all close by! A day trip to these beautiful Italian cities are all just a couple of hours drive away. There are train stations located at Peschiera del Garda and Desenzano which also connect you easily to these famous Italian cities.
- At its longest point, Lake Garda is 51,6 km and 17,2 km at its widest
- The perimeter road around Lake Garda is 158,4 km long taking around 3.5 hours to drive (without stopping)!
- Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy
Rest assured - stay in one of our handpicked luxury villas in the Italian lakes and enjoy a holiday to remember!
Desenzano is found on the very south-western end of Lake Garda and is the largest town on the Lake. Already during the Middle Ages, Desenzano was an important trading place in Northern Italy and has now developed in to a town filled with elegant shops, bars & restaurants, a wonderful yachting harbour and the sauntering mile-long walk on the "lungolago", along the shores of the lake....
This is the capital of the lake and is on the South East shore of Lake Garda, a 10 minute drive north of Bardolino and Lazise. Garda has a pleasant bay area and lakeside promenade which is where the heart of the town lies with a number of hotels, ice cream parlours, shops, and cafes. Garda also has a lovely lakeside walk which enables you to stroll alongside the lake all the way to Bardolino.
Gardone Riveria is counted among the most elegant resorts on Lake Garda and is complete with it's stunning large botanical gardens overlooking the lake. Surrounded by palm trees and magnolia, you can walk in the shade of the old cypresses - Gardone Riviera is fondly known as the "city of gardens"
Malcesine is located on the north-eastern shore and is one of the most popular and loved resorts on the Lake. The beautiful town with its narrow lanes, small harbour and pretty walkway along the Lake invites visitors to have a relaxing stroll with incredible views of the mountains overlooking the Lake.
Moniga is well known as the birth place of the Chiaretto wine and surrounded by olive trees, is the starting point of the 10km panoramic drive through the region where this famous wine is cultivated, leading all the way to Salò. The centre of the village is dominated by the 13th century medieval castle.
The small town of Peschiera del Garda is found in the south east of the Lake. It's special attraction is the delightful old town centre, which is in the middle of an enormous fortress in the form of a five-sided star and completely surrounded by water. There are many pretty shops and small bars in the narrow lanes of the old town.
Located right where the Italian Alps meets Lake Garda you find the stunning town of Riva del Garda. As it is the second largest town on Lake Garda it is not surprising that the town has a lot to offer, beautiful cobbled alleyways, a wide choice of restaurants and bars, shops and a haven of sports shops for those looking for a bit of adrenaline and adventure
The stunning town of Salo is located on the west coast of Lake Garda. It is situated in a long bay and has the longest lake-side promenade walkway of any town on the Lake where there are a number of restaurants, bars and places offering the perfect setting next to the lake to enjoy a coffee, aperitivo or gelato!
San Felice del Benaco is located on the western side of Lake garda with the Gulf of Salo to the north, and the Gulf of Manerba to the south. Nestled away in the Italian countryside the area of San Felice del Benaco consists of three quiant villages, San Felice, Portese and Cisano, surrounded by small winding lanes, olive groves, vineyards and the impressive ruins of a 14th century castle
One of the best known resorts on Lake Garda, Sirmione is located at the far end of a long, narrow peninsula located at the southern part of Lake Garda. The narrow winding lanes in the romantic old town are packed with life, especially at weekends when the place is enjoyed by locals on a weekend-outing as well as tourists from all parts of the world.