Situated in northern Italy, Lake Garda really is a holiday destination with something for everyone. From wilderness and tranquil countryside to sports, dining and rich history, Lake Garda offers a broad range of activities. Compare summer holidays from Inghams.co.uk to find a comprehensive collection of trips to the area to suit all tastes and budgets.
Situated in northern Italy, Lake Garda really is a holiday destination with something for everyone. From wilderness and tranquil countryside to sports, dining and rich history, Lake Garda offers a broad range of activities.
Many visitors to the Lake Garda region visit or pass through Desenzano del Garda, the largest town on the lake. A mecca for lovers of high class shopping, fine dining and evening entertainment, it also boasts picturesque winding streets and hidden squares.
Lovers of history will delight in Sirmione, which dates from around 1800 BC. Sat on a peninsula jutting into the Lake, the fortifications betray the town’s past importance as a military base. Below the hilltop fort and its moat sit designer shops and bustling restaurants.
Bardolino is the place for wine lovers. Known to have produced wine since Roman times, it has two festivals devoted to the grape and countless bars, restaurants and cafes to sample the local tipples.
Peschiera del Garda is another fortress town, but is also the base from where you can visit three of Italy’s best theme parks. The kids will love Gardaland with its rides and shows, the watery thrills of Aqua Paradise Park and the special effects at Movieland Studios.
With the water and the mountains, there are not a lot of sports you can’t do at Lake Garda. Torbole at the northern end is the mecca for wind- and kite surfing, The northern edge is also surrounded by cliffs perfect for rock climbing. Mountain bike trails and walking tracks encircle the lake, while the western shore is home to some spectacular golf courses. Out on the water, fishing, jet skiing and sailing are popular, although you can also snorkel and scuba dive, with great calm conditions.
Around the southern rim of the lake, the countryside consists of lush rolling hills, ideal for a gentle stroll. To the north, the landscape becomes more mountainous and includes Monte Baldo, the highest mountain in the region. You can walk up it, but a cable car runs to the summit as well. Either way, the views from the top are guaranteed to be spectacular.
Lake Garda’s geographical position means that you can also spend a day at one of Italy’s large cities. With excellent road and rail links, visitors can journey to Milan for the famous shopping and stylish dining, Verona to visit the ancient amphitheatre and take in a show, or Brescia with its Renaissance piazzas and cathedral. It is even possible to take a day trip to Venice. An express train runs regularly from Lake Garda through the lush countryside to the canal city.
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