Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and a widely popular tourist destination. People come from around the world to participate in activities like hiking, boating, fishing, thermal baths, amusement parks and much more.
Lake Garda is the perfect location for a relaxing holiday, and each of our elegant, stylish resorts has been selected to offer the very best that the lake has to offer. Located in northern Italy between Venice and Milan, Lake Garda is part of Italy’s Lombardy region in the west and Veneto region in the east.
Named for the hillside terraces of citrus groves that surround it, Limone is a bustling resort on Garda's western shore. Here, cobbled streets lead down to the lake and the lively nightlife offers a delightful counterpoint to relaxed, sunny days.
Malcesine's pretty labyrinth of narrow lanes and squares nestles on Lake Garda's north-eastern shore beneath green-sloped Mount Baldo. A cable car runs from the town to the summit, and there's also a 13th-century castle to explore.
Riva del Garda
At the northernmost tip of the Lake, Riva is on of Garda's most popular resorts. It's a town of elegant, pastel-painted buildings, medieval architecture and lakeside piazzas, which also a boasts some excellent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.
A little way east of Riva, Torbole is a vibrant resort with a lively cafe culture and a lovely lakefront promenade.
By far the most popular attractions are Gardaland, Italy’s largest theme park, and the Canevaworld Resort which has the Movieland theme park and a huge water park, Aquaparadise. There is also an excellent zoo with safari park near to Lazise. More adventurous families enjoy the Jungle Adventure Park, an obstacle course suspended from the trees.
Walking over the medieval drawbridge and through the town walls into the pedestrianized centre of Sirmione is always special. If you enjoy a little bit of pampering Sirmione is also a spa town with two thermal spas – Terme di Catullo and Vergil.
Popular things to do and see and unmissable experiences
Tignale and Tremosine are areas incoporating several small villages in the dramatic mountain side between Gargnano and Limone. The mountains here are very steep and although these areas look pretty close to the lake on a map, in reality the roads twist and turn up the steep inclines and you can easily take 15 minutes or so from the lakeside. At around 400 to 500 metres high they offer a great view of the lake, the perfect location for that holiday photo.
July and August, typical European vacation months, are the warmest months with average temperatures of 29 C, or 84 F. Winters are cooler with temperatures averaging 7 C, or 44 F.
- Best time of year to travel: All year round
- Currency: Euro
- Flight time from UK: 2-3 hours
- Visa and passport information: A visa is not required for Lake Garda