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Holidays in Lake Garda

Home to amazing architecture, villas, and ancient cathedrals, Garda is a little gem with something for everyone to enjoy. On the southern shores of Lake Garda, there’s plenty to explore along the narrow paths, dotted with cafés, restaurants and rows of colourful lemon and orange orchards.

20 °C

Great all-year round, Lake Garda is still sunny without being too hot.

2 hours 30 minutes

Verona (VRN), 36km south east of the resort.

To explore the glistening treasures of historical Garda and bring the past to life, book your holiday with Thomas Cook today.

Recommended offers in Lake Garda

Astoria Hotel

Malcesine, Lake Garda

  • Swimming pool in the garden
  • On the main lakeside road leading to resort centre
  • Family–run hotel

What is included?

from

£444

Sun Hotel Majestic Palace

Malcesine, Lake Garda

  • Outdoor and indoor swimming pool
  • Hotel–run kids' club
  • Quiet location

What is included?

from

£523

Maximilian Hotel

Malcesine, Lake Garda

  • Spa centre with steam room and sauna
  • 150m from restaurants and bars.
  • On the lakeside

What is included?

from

£792

Excelsior Bay Hotel

Malcesine, Lake Garda

  • 800m from resort centre
  • Lakeside terrace
  • Overlooking Lake Garda

What is included?

from

£598

Parc Hotel Gritti

Bardolino, Lake Garda

  • Four restaurants
  • Free Wi–Fi throughout hotel
  • Prime lakeside position

What is included?

from

£731

Hotel Villa Dirce

Limone, Lake Garda

  • Bus to resort centre four times a day
  • Restaurant and bar with lake view
  • Overlooking Lake Garda

What is included?

from

£449

Sole Hotel

Riva, Lake Garda

  • Roof terrace with sunloungers
  • On the main square
  • Lakefront setting

What is included?

from

£469

Sun Hotel Splendid Palace

Limone, Lake Garda

  • 100m from shingle beach
  • Complimentary beer and wine with dinner
  • Panoramic views of Lake Garda and resort bay

What is included?

from

£489

Antico Borgo

Riva, Lake Garda

  • 500m away from the lake's shore
  • Next to cafés, shops and restaurants
  • Stylish converted villa

What is included?

from

£424

Grand Hotel Liberty

Riva, Lake Garda

  • Weekly Gala dinner
  • Excellent wellness centre
  • Close to the lake

What is included?

from

£504

Situated on the east coast of the stunning Lake Garda, the characteristic town of Garda is one of the smallest in the province and is just a short distance from the city of Verona. For a taste of history and culture, head to Riva, where you can explore medieval fortresses in the heart of this pretty town. Historical Peschiera is equally as lovely and is a great place to enjoy a glass of the local Lugana. Discover the cultivation of lemons in the authentically Italian and charming town of Limone, which sits on the border of Lake Garda, or get your creative juices flowing at the romantic Malcesine – nestled at the foot of Monte Baldo , it is a beauty spot popular with writers and artists. For a more peaceful retreat, head to Bardolino where you will find the perfect blend of olive groves, vineyards and beaches.

Recommended offers in Garda

Astoria Hotel

Malcesine, Lake Garda

  • Swimming pool in the garden
  • On the main lakeside road leading to resort centre
  • Family–run hotel

What is included?

from

£444

Sun Hotel Majestic Palace

Malcesine, Lake Garda

  • Outdoor and indoor swimming pool
  • Hotel–run kids' club
  • Quiet location

What is included?

from

£523

Maximilian Hotel

Malcesine, Lake Garda

  • Spa centre with steam room and sauna
  • 150m from restaurants and bars.
  • On the lakeside

What is included?

from

£792

Walk back into time and visit the medieval buildings, stunning Venetian villas and glorious ruins that lie untouched in this town. Take in the great art of ancient etchings and frescos with the luscious green scenery that surrounds the area. Easy to explore by foot, bus or water, the centre of the old town is one of the best places to visit in Garda. Take a break from visiting the sights in one of the little cafés in the lake-front square of the Palazzo dei Capitano and watch the world go by.

Explore the old centre of the town and take a walk between the promenade, by the castle-like Villa degli Albertini, dating back to the 16th-century. Then move on to the Palazzo dei Caitani, with its pale yellow stone and pretty arched windows – a design you will notice a lot as you wander around the ancient areas of the town. Visit the hidden art galleries on the narrow street paths. Chiesa de Santa Maria Maggiore is a must-see, with three naves and alters, one in a baroque style, a 13th-century bell tower and stunning renaissance-style frescos.

With plenty of places to see in Garda and the surrounding area, the famous lake and golden sandy beaches are major highlights. Follow the coast to the east, to find the hidden gem, Baia delle Sirene, Mermaids’ Bay, where the hills are awash with rich olive groves, and bright orange and lemon trees around the shores. The spectacular blue waters of the lake make this one of the best places to go in Garda. Enjoy the natural sights from the south side of the glistening lake.

Experience the rich history of Garda while standing amongst the Gothic and Renaissance-inspired villas and churches in the heart of the old town. Around the centre of the town and surrounding hillsides, discover the Bronze Age etchings, graves and relics found as recently as the 1960s that make great attractions to visit in Garda. Admire the handmade statues of St Peter and St Paul by Veronese sculptor Righetti in Palazzo Carlotti. For a great view of the lake, walk up to the remains of the 5th-century fortress, Rocca.

Recommended offers in Garda

Astoria Hotel

Malcesine, Lake Garda

  • Swimming pool in the garden
  • On the main lakeside road leading to resort centre
  • Family–run hotel

What is included?

from

£444

Sun Hotel Majestic Palace

Malcesine, Lake Garda

  • Outdoor and indoor swimming pool
  • Hotel–run kids' club
  • Quiet location

What is included?

from

£523

Maximilian Hotel

Malcesine, Lake Garda

  • Spa centre with steam room and sauna
  • 150m from restaurants and bars.
  • On the lakeside

What is included?

from

£792

Excelsior Bay Hotel

Malcesine, Lake Garda

  • 800m from resort centre
  • Lakeside terrace
  • Overlooking Lake Garda

What is included?

from

£598

Parc Hotel Gritti

Bardolino, Lake Garda

  • Four restaurants
  • Free Wi–Fi throughout hotel
  • Prime lakeside position

What is included?

from

£731

LAKE GARDA IS BEST FOR...

Best for walkers: Enjoy beautiful coastal walks and hillside climbs for views of the rich blue sea, north or south of the region.

Best for history buffs: Explore the Bronze Age relics, 15th-century frescos and  Renaissance villas that dominate the old town centre.

Best for adventurers: Part of Garda’s charm is its accessibility; hop on a bus, boat, hydrofoil or catamaran to start your adventure!


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Garda is Italian

Currency: The currency used in Garda is Euro (€)

Local time: Garda is one hour ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to: Verona (VRN), 36km south east of the resort

Flight time from UK: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes

Tourist information: Further Garda tourist information can be found at www.visitgarda.com

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Garda.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Mid 20s (°C) in summer and low to high teens in winter.

Best time to visit: Great all-year round, Garda is still sunny without being too hot.

The temperatures in the winter are still warmer than in the UK and strong winds can be avoided on the south-side of the lake.


GETTING AROUND

By foot: The ancient town centre is full of narrow streets to allow you to explore all its hidden treasures. Plus the main part of the town is pedestrianised, making it even easier to access.

By bike: See even more by hiring a bike from your hotel. Cycle out to Rocca or Monte Luppia and save your legs for the climb up to the hills for the picturesque views.

By boat: Choose from a great range of boats to transport you to other lakeside areas.


EVENTS

Music buffs: If you’re into music, then you’ll love being just 20 miles from Verona - a visit to the Arena di Verona opera performances in June and August will be an unforgettable experience. Pink Floyd and One Direction have both performed here.

A taste of Garda: Summer food festivals will give you a taste of Garda’s traditional dishes.


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