Lake Garda is Italy’s largest lake. It is a picturesque place in the Alps, 50kms wide with lots of activities for everyone no matter your preferences. The northern part is surrounded by mountains while the southern part feels more Mediterranean with the breezy palm trees and citrus trees.
- What to do in Lake Garda
Poets, painters, politicians have all been enchanted with Lake Garda since time immemorial and it is little wonder that 7% of all tourists that visit Italy head over to its shores. Here is a list of things to do while there to prove to you that a holiday to Lake Garda is just the trip you need.
- Adrenaline junkies
If you are an active kind, then the northern part is the perfect place for you. With steep mountain slopes and calm waters, there is no limit to the activities you will enjoy. Kayaking, abseiling, rafting, mountain biking, and hiking are a few of the options to choose from.
Riva Del Garda is the largest town up north and it has the largest beach on the lake and you will also get a chance to see the Cascata Verone waterfalls. Wondering if that’s all? Think again because there are castle ruins and limestone cliffs which are a climber’s paradise.
- History enthusiasts
A walk through the towns with the old ruins might make you feel like you stepped into a time machine and traveled back in time to the 16th century. In Garda town, you can take a break from marveling at all the sites and castle-like villas by sitting at one of the lakeside cafes and watching life go by. Stumble upon hidden art galleries on narrow streets, gaze at the Palazzo dei Caitani made of yellow stone and arched windows.
If you have children then you must make at stop at Gardaland; the best amusement park in the country. It has rides, of course, an aquarium, and special shows. Take a break at one of the cafes or enjoy a cold brew at one of the bars, there is something for everyone.
- Nature lovers
Did we mention the cable cars? Well, for only 20 euro you can take a cable car up to the mountains and say the view of the lake and towns from above is breathtaking would sort of be an injustice because there are simply no words to describe the beauty and serenity of Lake Garda from an aerial point of view. Be sure to carry some warm clothing because the summer down below might fool you but up top at the 1760 meter mountain top, the shivers will not only be from the magnificent view.
In the southern part, you will find plenty of lemon groves and vineyards and in the springtime, the air is filled with the lovely scent of citrus. Of course, there are places you can go for wine tasting and the town of Bardolino is just the place for that. If you visit in the early summer during the wine festival, you will definitely have the time of your life.
Art, architecture, adrenaline rush, history, nature, theme parks, whatever it is that you fancy on a dream holiday, be sure that you will find it at Lake Garda.