Lake Garda Guide

The beautiful Lake Garda is located in Northern Italy midway between Venice and Milan and is the largest of all the Italian lakes (370 sq km). Renowned for its beauty, Lake Garda is a blend of picturesque villages, medieval castles and lakeside promenades making it one of Italy's best loved tourist destinations. The Lake Garda area is rich in stunning scenery with the northern side of the lake offering quaint towns and villages framed by breathtaking mountains and rocky cliffs. While the southern aspect of the lake is more gentle with towns and villages nestled amongst gentle rolling hills and verdant landscapes. The Eastern edge of Lake Garda is dominated by the unmistakeable peak of Monte Baldo towering over 2000m above the crystal clear waters.

With a temperate climate all year round the Lake Garda region is made even more attractive with an abundance of lush vegetation and mediterranean trees. The quaint old towns and villages around the lake appear even more charming with their stunning displays of Cypress, Cedar, Olive and Palm Trees. The lake itself offers the visitor plenty in the way of sports and activities. The northern towns of Torbole, Riva and Limone are popular with watersports enthusiasts from around the world who like to visit the Lake for its windsurfing and sailing opportunities. The steep mountains and cliffs of the north shore traps the warm air causing strong winds that are perfect for sailing and surfing. These winds, known as ora to the locals, are not only popular with yachtsmen but also to the many visitors staying at the lakeside who welcome the cooling breeze during the hot summer months.

Lake Garda is also ideally located to offer tourists a wealth of excursion opportunities. Day trips to venice, Verona and Milan are always popular with visitors staying around the Lake. While hiking, trekking, mountain biking, horse-back riding and fishing are activities which will keep even the most adventurous traveler happy.