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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, which is more sheltered.

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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!

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Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Lake Garda is Italian, but you’ll find that most of the staff in hotels, shops and restaurants have a good command of English.

Currency: You’ll need to exchange your Sterling for Euros, before flying off on your holidays here.

Local time: Lake Garda is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly To: Verona Villafranca Airport. The transfer time is 1 hour and 15 minutes to Lake Garda.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Lake Garda is 2.5 hours.

Tourist information: Further Garda tourist information can be found at http://www.visitgarda.com/it/lago_di_garda/.

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.

Holiday destinations related to Lake Garda:

  • Amalfi
  • Ischia Porto
  • Sant Agnello
  • Sorrento
  • Limone
  • Malcesine
  • Venetian Riviera
  • Sardinia
  • Sicily
  • Getting around

    By foot: The ancient town centre is full of narrow streets, allowing you to explore all its hidden treasures on foot. 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 climbing up the hills for the stunning 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, where you’ll find the world-famous Arena di Verona. An enormous Roman amphitheatre, it hosts everything from traditional Italian opera to contemporary rock: Pink Floyd and One Direction have both performed here!

    A taste of Garda: There are food festivals throughout the year, showcasing the best in Italian food. However, the one that most people seem to get excited about is the Bardolino Grape and Wine Festival, in late September (we wonder why!). In addition to some outstanding wines, there’s also a superb selection of local dishes to sample.