Sitting pretty between romantic Venice and stylish Milan is the breathtakingly beautiful Lake Garda. The largest lake in all of Italy, it’s home to picturesque townships, fascinating history and magnificent landscapes to wow all who visit its shores. Not to mention brilliant weather all year round.
Just showing you photos alone would be enough to make you jump on the next plane to Italy, but I thought you’d like to hear a bit more about why you need a holiday to Lake Garda.
1) The great outdoor activities
The temptation of your surroundings whilst visiting Lake Garda means that you’d find it hard to stay put in one place throughout your holiday. Whether it’s a gentle stroll through the historical towns, a longer trek into the lush, green hills, a bike ride around the lake’s perimeter or sailing across its crystal blue waters; you can do it all at Lake Garda. And why wouldn’t you want to get out and explore? Gardone Riviera is the perfect central town to explore the rest of the lake by boat and Malcesine is the place to be if you want to bike up Mount Baldo for excellent panoramic views of the area.
2) The stunning scenery
As suggested above, there’s so much to explore on Lake Garda holidays. No matter which way you turn, you’re going to be faced with utterly spellbinding scenery that will often stop you in your tracks. It’s a photographer’s dream and also a paradise for artists whose creativity flows whenever faced with such incredible natural beauty. Just a walk along the picturesque waterfront in Limone or a visit to one of the many botanic gardens such as the Heller Gardens in Gardone Riviera should be enough to inspire anyone.
3) The incredible food and drink
One of the main things that draw people to Italy is the country’s mouth-watering food and superb wine; something that Lake Garda certainly isn’t lacking! But what’s great about Lake Garda is that the majority of the places that you eat and drink are all reasonably priced, leaving you more money to buy souvenirs and reminders of your time in Lake Garda. For the ultimate wine experience, head to the resort of Bardolino, where they hold an olive oil and wine festival each year around late September.
4) The history and culture
History lovers will be in their element wherever they choose to stay on Lake Garda as all of the lakeside resorts boast a rich heritage and vibrant culture. Bronze Age relics and Renaissance villas are commonplace around the water and each individual town and commune has its own remarkable story to tell. But perhaps one particular place to consider would be the scenic town of Malcesine, which oozes charm and character and is home to the remarkable Castello Scaglero and the striking Church of St. Stefano.
5) The perfect family holiday
Many people associate Italy holidays with romantic breaks for couples, but Lake Garda is an excellent choice for a fun family holiday too. I’ve already spoken about the endless amounts of exploring the great outdoors that you can do as a family, but believe it or not, there are even a number of them parks dotted around Lake Garda too. If you want to be close to all the action, stay in Bardolino and you’ll find Gardaland, Movieland Park and Caneva Aquapark all on your doorstep.
Has this got you longing to see Lake Garda for yourself? Or maybe you’ve been before and have something else to add? Let me know in the comments below.