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Lake Garda

Lake Garda Holidays

Lake Garda Holidays

Stunning scenery, ancient ruins, and delicious food wrapped in timeless Italian luxury- Welcome to Lake Garda.

Holidays to Lake Garda

Sat in the heart of Northern Italy, Lake Garda is a shimmering gem. Flanked by the majestic Alps to the north and gently rolling hills to the south, this enchanting destination offers a serene yet exhilarating escape in Italy. Radiating romance and Italian grandeur, it’s easy to see why Lake Garda is a top stop for weddings abroad and couples’ getaways

A great alternative to the usual family beach break package, holidays to Lake Garda offer something for everyone. Lake Garda’s crystal-clear waters stretch over 50 kilometres, making it Italy’s largest lake. Its picturesque shores are dotted with charming towns, each offering a unique allure. From olive groves and lemon orchards to the rugged mountain landscapes; fairytale castles and Roman ruins to boutique Italian hotels, the scenery is as diverse as it is breathtaking.

When is the best time to visit? Lake Garda is a fantastic destination year-round. But its beauty is best seen in the summer sunshine- particularly in July and August. If you still want the warm weather but want to avoid the tourist highs, May, June and September are great months to visit the region. Looking for a winter holiday? Don’t rule out Lake Garda yet. Thanks to its towering mountains in the north, skiing and snowboarding breaks are also popular among UK holidayers.

Where is there best place to stay? From small Italian apartments with blooming verandas overlooking the lake to grand luxury resorts and everything in between, Lake Garda has a dream Italian hotel for everyone. Spanning from Verona to Brescia to Trentino, Lake Garda has plenty of little towns to get lost in to fit every budget. But there are a couple to look at when searching for your dream holiday in Italy. Garda is a small village with charming landscapes ideal for first-time visitors. Desenzano is a more upbeat town, whereas Sirmione is historic with a stunning castle and thermal baths. For adventure lovers, Riva del Garda is a bustling village, where you can enjoy windsurfing, hiking, and biking with the whole family. With handy ferry services and private boats to get you from town to town, no matter where you stay, you’ll have the chance to effortlessly explore the lakeside.

Travel guide

With colourful towns and short flights from the UK, Lake Garda holidays are perfect for a last-minute 2024 summer break or 2025 spring getaway.

  • Best time to visit: April-October
  • Average flight time: 2 Hours
  • Most suited for: Couples, Groups
  • Currency: Euro
  • Time Difference: +2 Hours
The Sun-kissed South

The Sun-kissed South

As the largest town on the lake, Desenzano del Garda is a vibrant hub with a rich historical tapestry. Visit the Roman Villa with its stunning mosaics, explore the town’s charming piazzas, and stroll along the bustling waterfront. The town’s lively markets, cafes, and restaurants provide a taste of authentic Italian life. Perched on a narrow peninsula jutting into the lake, Sirmione is often referred to as the “Pearl of Lake Garda.” This medieval town is famous for its thermal baths, ancient ruins, and the imposing Scaliger Castle. Wander through its cobblestone streets, relax in the therapeutic waters of the Aquaria Thermal Spa, and explore the Grotte di Catullo, the remains of a vast Roman villa offering panoramic views of the lake.

Northern Wonders

Northern Wonders

Nestled at the foot of Monte Baldo, Malcesine is a picturesque town that boasts both lake and mountain views. Take the cable car to the summit of Monte Baldo for a day of hiking or simply to marvel at the breathtaking vistas. Don’t miss the medieval Castello Scaligero, a castle perched on a cliff overlooking the town and the lake. Riva del Garda, located at the northern tip of the lake, is a historic town surrounded by dramatic cliffs and lush hills. The town’s medieval architecture, such as the Rocca di Riva and the Torre Apponale, are must-see landmarks. Riva del Garda is also a popular spot for water sports, including sailing and windsurfing, thanks to its reliable winds.

Water Sports and Lake Excursions

Water Sports and Lake Excursions

The clear, calm waters of Lake Garda are ideal for sailing, windsurfing, and kayaking. Take a leisurely boat trip to explore the lake’s hidden coves and islands. The island of Isola del Garda, with its neo-Gothic villa and lush gardens, is particularly enchanting. The surrounding hills and mountains offer numerous trails for cycling and hiking. The Strada della Forra, a scenic road that winds through a dramatic gorge, is a must-ride for cycling enthusiasts. Hikers will enjoy the trails around Monte Baldo and the Alto Garda Bresciano Park, which offer stunning views and diverse flora and fauna.

food and drink

Food & Drink

The cuisine around Lake Garda is a delightful blend of northern and southern Italian flavours, enhanced by the region’s fresh, local ingredients. Enjoy dishes featuring lake fish, olives, and citrus fruits, paired with fine wines from nearby vineyards. Indulge in the local delicacies such as “bigoli con le sarde” (pasta with sardines), “carpione” (marinated fish), and delicious olive oil produced in the region. Visit the local markets and trattorias to savour these specialities and be sure to sample the exquisite wines from the Bardolino and Lugana regions on your Lake Garda holiday.

Weather

Average monthly temperature in Lake Garda (°C)

  • Jan 2°C
  • Feb 4°C
  • Mar 8°C
  • Apr 12°C
  • May 17°C
  • Jun 21°C
  • Jul 24°C
  • Aug 23°C
  • Sep 19°C
  • Oct 13°C
  • Nov 7°C
  • Dec 3°C
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