Located in Northern Italy between Venice and Milan, Garda - the largest lake in Italy - is a holiday destination known to delight travellers from all over. Those wanting to experience Italy's natural beauty in a picturesque, luxurious area, while still having the conveniently furnishings and amenities of a typical tourist resort will be more than happy here.
With a rare combination of breathtaking mountain ranges, gorgeous lake vistas and a plethora of top-notch restaurants, Lake Garda holidays are a wonderfully charming place to kick back and relax. From the vibrant lemon groves to the lush green hilltops, there is a scenic delight waiting at every turn. The life here moves leisurely, with the saying ‘dolce far niente’ – the sweet idleness of life – being the local’s motto. The most you’ll need to worry about are cable cars and ferry timetables!
Tourists spending their 2021 holidays near Lake Garda will find it conveniently well-connected to Italy's main cities. But there's no need to travel far for a chance to take in the beauty of medieval towns, historical sites, and natural attractions. Towns like Sirmione, once the residence of the Roman poet Catullus, offer views of architectural and historical interest, like the Scaglier Castle and natural beauties like the Grotte di Catullo, alongside the modern comforts of restaurants, hotels, markets, boutiques, and fashion stores.
And for a day of children-friendly fun and adventure, you'll only have to go as far as Gardaland, Italy's most famous theme park!
Top resorts in Lake Garda
Holidays to Desenzano offer a cosmopolitan lakeside town brimming with old world charm and sophistication. A firm favourite with families …From €308 per person
Limone sul Garda
Limone sul Garda in Lake Garda, ItalyFrom €181 per person
Gardone Riviera, on the western shores of Lake Garda, promises visitors a taste of old world Italian charm and character …From €345 per person
Bardolino holidays are the ideal choice for anyone seeking a peaceful lakeside haven in a traditional Italian town. Located on …From €351 per person
Famed for its beautiful surroundings, this main resort is ideal for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of …From €205 per person
Malcesine is a beautiful enchanting town full of character with a wealth of things to see and do. Located on …From €366 per person
Your guide to Lake Garda holidays
With a perfect breeze blowing perpetually across its surface, sailing is one of the top things to do in Lake Garda. Quick, crafty dinghies and stately yachts set sail from shore to horizon, and with over 50km to travel from north to south, it’s one of the prettiest ways to discover this region of Italy.
The area is also situated within easy reach of the major North Italian cities, so if you feel like leaving the vicinities of your hotel, there is plenty to do. In Desenzano del Garda, the lake's largest and most active town, the crowd is composed by shoppers, gourmands taking their evening promenade through bars and ice-cream places, locals in search of an active nightlife, and tourists looking to find a boat ride. From its castle, the town offers a scenic view of the entire lake.
Sirmione is the place to head off to if you're in search of archaeological sites. Dating back to the 16th-century B.C., Sirmione is home to a 15th century castle, to the residence of Maria Callas, to the church of San Pietro in Mavino, and to natural beauties like the Grotte di Catullo.
On the south-east side of the lake lies Lazise, which, with its narrow streets, medieval atmosphere, and countless shops, bars, and restaurants, has proven to be a favourite destination among tourists.
Wine enthusiasts spending their 2021 holidays in Italy should make sure to check out Bardolino. Already famous for its wine during the Roman era, Bardolino hosts two annual wine festivals where visitors can sample local wines and admire the fireworks! Away from Bardolino's main square lies a landscape of vineyards, valleys and olive groves ideals for cyclists and walkers.
And if you are in pursuit of active sports you should make sure to check out Riva del Garda. Its high mountains, hills, and lakes make it a favourite of adventurers and rock-climbers, while tourists looking for more leisurely activities can indulge in a simple stroll along the lakeside.
People wanting a unique beach experience from their 2021 holidays will not be disappointed by Garda. Most of the beaches here are made of pebble, but tourists wanting a stretch of fine sand will have to venture no further than Lazise.
Sirmione's beach is a favourite among tourists. Its blue-green waters are the clearest around the lake, its pebbly shore is the ideal spot for encountering swans, and its large expanses of uncrowded space make it a perfect spot for families with children.
At the Strand Cola both sun-bathers and sports-lovers will be entertained: the beach's vegetation allows visitors to relax on sunbeds and deck chairs while the wide varieties of boats for rental will be sure to entertain active sports-lovers!
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Prices last checked at 5:05 PM January 19, 2021