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In northern Italy between the popular cities of Venice and Milan is Lake Garda, a huge lake that has become one of the most sought after holiday destinations in the whole of Italy. It is also Italy’s largest lake with a total length of just under 52 kilometres. This impressive size allows plenty of room for the numerous resorts that exist here, each offering their own special Lake Garda experience.
There are many lovely places to stay around the edge of Lake Garda and crossing the water is made easy thanks to the ferry service, should you wish to get to the opposite side quickly. Alternatively, you can always hire a car and follow the roads circling the lake but the ferries are much quicker or you can hire a speedboat easily and relatively cheaply. The majority of these towns are perfectly picturesque, going nicely with the backdrop of the tall mountains and lush greenery that can be found on both sides of the lake.
The convenient transportation also makes visiting the different towns around the lake relatively simple, so why not see as much as you can during your Lake Garda holiday. The pretty town of Riva del Garda or simply ‘Riva’ is located at the northwestern side of the lake. The town is quite a bustling place, with streets to explore and beautifully coloured buildings that are joined on to one another. Take a walk along the edge of the harbour, visit the beach and visit the main attractions, the Torre Apponale clock tower and the town museum located within Rocca fortress. If you love ice cream, make sure you check out the amazing ice cream parlours known as gelaterias, which have many different flavours.
Along the eastern side of the lake is the town of Malcesine, another stunning Lake Garda town that offers much in the way of scenery and also has some lovely attractions. These include an impressive castle with towers and a cable car that will take you to a superb vantage point known as Mont Baldo Ridge. It’s the perfect destination for hikers, as there is plenty of countryside to explore on foot.
If you journey to the southern most point of the lake, you will come across Desenzano del Garda, a popular tourist town, which is the ideal place if you’re planning on using a lot of public transport. It offers easy access to the smaller towns and villages along the lake and is also a good starting off point for day trips to larger places such as Verona. It’s also a great place to relax without being too far away from a fairly busy, sociable atmosphere. There are numerous bars and restaurants to try also where you can experience the local food and socialise.
Lake Garda holidays aren’t just about relaxing and enjoying beautiful views but also offer the opportunities for a little fun and excitement. Gardaland is the perfect example of this, as it’s a fun filled theme park located at the south end of the lake on the eastern side. Here you can ride on exhilarating rollercoasters such as Blue Tornado, Magic Mountain and Raptor. There’s plenty for the kids too with rides, slides, pools and some amazing live shows! That’s not all, it also includes its very own aquarium, which houses plenty of colourful fish, sharks and there’s even a new turtle exhibit.
To discover more about the resorts of Lake Garda, take a look at our resort guides below to find out what each one has to offer.
Riva del Garda
You will find this beautiful resort to the northern end of Lake Garda, with amazing views of both the mountain range and the glistening waters of the lake itself. Explore the streets then why not have…Read More