Holidays to Lake Garda

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"Relax by the lakeside, surrounded by cypresses and orange trees, or get active with cycling, windsurfing and paragliding available"

Lake Garda has everything you could want from a holiday in Italy’s beautiful countryside: clear blue waters, picturesque mountains and a mild Mediterranean climate. It isn’t too hot in the summer or too cold in the spring or autumn, while in the winter you’ll be surrounded by the snow topped Alps, making it a great year round destination. Relax by the lakeside, surrounded by cypresses and orange trees, or get active with cycling, windsurfing and paragliding available.

Located in the north east of Italy, Lake Garda is just north of Verona and about a two hour drive from Venice. There’s so much flexibility on a holiday to Lake Garda, from the wide range of activities on offer to the type of accommodation. Enjoy your nights and choose from hotels, apartments or guest houses, from luxury to lower budget options. The sheer variety means you can truly tailor your holiday to your own wants and needs, whether that means an active family holiday or a relaxing couples’ retreat.

There’s also plenty of Italian culture within easy driving distance of Lake Garda. Visit quaint medieval villages, castles and museums. Wander through outdoor markets, step into the past at an archaeological site, or discover beautiful Italian churches.

Attractions on holidays to Lake Garda

If you enjoy a fun day out at a theme park, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Lake Garda boasts a number of amazing attractions, including Gardaland, which is Italy’s biggest theme park. Take a ride on the rollercoasters and water rides, and then give yourself a rest by watching a show or two. If you’re more of a film buff, take a trip to Movieland Studios and wander through the stage sets from a number of famous films. Watch stuntmen perform, and see live special effects before daring yourself on the original film themed rides, such as a speedboat chase. Both are perfect for family days out.

Sports holidays in Lake Garda

There are so many sports on offer at Lake Garda that it’ll be a hard choice to make. Sailing, windsurfing, cycling, paragliding, canyoning…the list goes on. Not to mention the hiking trails for walks through the olive groves and across the lush rolling landscape. No matter what your favourite sport is, you’ll have the best views of the rustic Italian countryside. Whether you’re an expert or a total beginner, you can rent equipment and go it alone or take classes to try something new. There are also several diving schools around the lakeshore if you’re itching to take a dip in those brilliant blue waters and find out what’s swimming under its surface.

Visit the Bettoni Palace

There are a number of sites worth visiting around the lake, but your first stop should be the magnificent Bettoni Palace, which is a huge 18th century lakeside villa. The architecture is grand and imposing, and inside you can view priceless paintings and luxurious antique furniture. There’s also a beautiful garden at the back of the castle which is certainly worth a visit in the spring and summer when the flowers and blossoms are out in their full glory.