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The Enchanting Towns of Lake Garda Italy

A Guide To The Enchanting Towns of Lake Garda

Lake Garda

Lake Garda in the North of Italy is a popular tourist destination, and for good reason. From the rocky mountainous landscapes surrounding the northern end of the lake, to the rolling vineyards and orchards at the south, the emerald green waters of Lake Garda have a stunning setting. Dotted around the shoreline are several towns of varying sizes and stages of development. Whilst all have a common Italian theme, each has its own distinct feel and worthy attractions.

Unwind in Sirmione

Sirimone Lake Garda

The historic town of Sirmione at the South of Lake Garda is famed for its thermal springs. As a result of this, luxurious spas offering pampering treatments have been developed here. The roman town of Sirmione is also home to the 13th century Scaliger Castle as well as many charming gelaterias, cafes, and shops. Altogether a delightful town to wander around and indulge in.

Authentic Garda in Gardone Riviera

Gardone Riviera Lake Garda

Less commercialised than many of the other towns around Lake Garda, Gardone Riviera gives visitors a glimpse of authentic Lake Garda. Famed for its tranquillity, beauty, and tropical Hrusko Botanical Gardens, this is a town perfect for exploring on foot. For a magical day out, take the boat to Isola del Garda; an island in the lake with an imposing Venetian neo-Gothic style villa set in lush gardens.

Get Active in Riva

Riva Lake Garda

Situated at the northernmost tip of Lake Garda, against a spectacular backdrop of mountains, nestles the town of Riva. This part of the lake is popular for water-sports including sailing and windsurfing thanks to the windier conditions, as well as rock climbing and mountain biking in the steep wooded hills around the town. The town is large enough to provide good shopping, cafes, and restaurants.

Family Fun in Peschiera

Peschiera Lake Garda

On the South-East shoreline of Lake Garda sits the lively town of Peschiera. The combination of a short journey from Verona, and extensive activities makes this charming town popular with families. As well as a historic, walled town, Peschiera is also close to Europe’s third largest theme park; “Gardaland” as well as the water park “Aquaparadise”.

Paddle on Maderno’s Beach

Maderno Lake Garda

Whilst the emerald waters of Lake Garda are truly inviting, there aren’t many sandy beach spots along its shoreline. At the town of Maderno, however, is the best of these rarities. As well the nicest sand beach of the lake, Maderno also has a long promenade; ideal for a sunset walk, and an exclusive marina; a great spot to enjoy your coffee from, overlooking the beautiful yachts!

It is possible to visit all of these towns; car hire is a popular means of doing this, as is taking the ferries that travel across the water between towns. Lake Garda holidays are also ideal for exploring the cities of; Verona, Venice and Milan as they are all within driving distance. Wherever you end up visiting around Lake Garda make the most of the stunning scenery, fresh food, and delicious win

About The Author:  TravelistaTess is an eager explorer, who loves spending time outside and discovering new places!


  • Travelling Blogger
    08/08/2012 at 10:20 am

    Wow what a stunning and romantic looking place. Lake Garda looks like it could be the next getaway location for me and the hubbie!

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