Bardolino holidays 2019 / 2020
If your holiday needs to incorporate the best of all worlds, be fun and adventure-filled, yet set in beautiful surroundings, then your 2019 / 2020 holiday should be spent in Italy’s stunning Bardolino.
One of the most famous of the resorts that surround the wonderful and picturesque Lake Garda, Bardolino offers enough sun and scenery to keep all members of the family happy. It’s also a favourite honeymoon spot, ideal for a romantic getaway. And as for holidays with friends, Bardolino allows you to spend time together and also to have some perfect alone time – it all depends entirely of how you view your perfect holiday. Pick a Bardolino holiday and you may never need to choose anywhere else again - this is the kind of holiday that can be repeated year after year, and never get boring.
Bardolino’s most famous export has to be its wine, so visiting a vineyard is a must when you are in the area. The ‘rosso’ wine that is so well thought of across the world has its roots – quite literally – on the lake front. It all stems from the Romans who enjoyed the area well before any tourists arrived. Bardolino is still fairly new to the holiday schedule, having only become somewhere for visitors to stay in about 100 years ago.
As well as having the opportunity to see how the vines are grown, and how the wine itself is created, no one should miss the fascinating Museo del Vino, or Museum of Wine. This tells the entire story, from the very beginnings of the wine-making industry in the area to the present day. And for the ultimate in vineyard tours, try to book a spot with Cantina Caorsa – the grapes grown here account for about two thirds of all the wine made in the area.
The beautiful little private island of Isola del Garda has a wealth of history and many famous, impressive visitors over the years including St Francis of Assisi, Mussolini, and a plethora of kings, queens, and even emperors. Guided tours run from April to October, and outside of those months you can still see this gorgeous island by hiring a boat and viewing it from the water.
There’s also so much nature to explore in the region. The Rock of Manerba is a designated nature park, known locally as La Rocca. The visitor centre gives details of the area’s history. It’s a beautiful place to have a picnic and enjoy your surroundings.
In the city centre of Bardolino, there are always new restaurants to try. Because this is such a fun, vibrant, cosmopolitan area, chefs and restaurateurs love to set up shop here. This is great for them, but even better for tourists on their Bardolino holiday, as there is so much choice. Have a wonderful meal in one of the many exquisite restaurants and you will experience the local produce used in the majority of them. That includes olive oil, fresh fish, and locally made bread. Many of the restaurants offer lakeside seating, and from there you can watch the sun set on your wonderful day. The views are magnificent and aren’t easily forgotten. When you have finished your meal, you can then move on to a fantastic bar where you can try some of the famed Bardolino wine, or perhaps some locally produced spirits. Whatever you want you can enjoy it in good company and in a good atmosphere.
Lake Garda – and Bardolino in particular – is very family friendly. As you walk around the town you will see many families with their children, and the restaurants and shops all cater to the little ones, with high chairs and activities aplenty, so you can relax and enjoy your Bardolino holiday.
Something else that makes Bardolino so good for families is that part of the main town is pedestrianised, making it extremely safe. The beaches are excellent for children to play on, but there are also parks and playgrounds dotted around the area where local children play. It’s the perfect opportunity for the kids to make new friends and even practice a little Italian. Most hotels have pools so that even if the weather is a little chilly, there’s still plenty of fun to be had.
Action & Adventure
Walking and hiking are particularly popular activities to take part in when in Bardolino. There are routes that lead away from the town in all directions, and with 50 kilometres of lakeside to cover, you will certainly never run out of places to go. The walking routes take you through vineyards, along steep hilltop paths, past beautiful churches and, of course, you’ll see some stunning views.
Cycling is another popular pastime that many people on Bardolino holidays take the opportunity to do. Whether it’s a gentle amble or you hire a mountain bike for something a little more energetic. Two wheels is the best way to see much of Bardolino.
Of course, with so much water around it would be a shame to miss out on the abundance of watersports available to you. From hiring a pedalo to swimming in the lake itself, you will never be bored.
Although you may not think it at first, considering it’s located on the edge of a lake rather than in a traditional holiday resort, Bardolino does indeed have some fine beaches to enjoy. Some of these beaches are private, but there are still more that are open to the public all year round.
Just a few minutes’ walk away from the very centre of Bardolino is Lido Cisano. This isn’t your traditional holiday beach, as it’s covered in rocks and grass rather than sand, but it is no less beautiful or relaxing. It actually makes the ideal place for children to play, as the water can’t rise too high. There is even a playground for when the little ones need to burn off some energy. And when hunger strikes, there are bars and restaurants that surround the beach, or you could happily have a picnic with local produce bought from the town.
Lido Mirabella is another gorgeous place to spend some time. Even though it’s a private beach, anyone can use it if they pay a small fee. Within that cost you can even hire the beach and watersports equipment, so if you are looking for a quiet place to get away from it all, Lido Mirabella may well fit the bill.
Finally, there is Punta Lido Cornicello. Although this beach might be the smallest of the ones that surround Bardolino, this pebble beach has its own bar, restaurant, and boat rental centre, which means you can settle in one spot and enjoy it for hours at a time.
After the most spectacular of sunsets, the city’s nightlife begins. And if clubs where you can dance the night away with friends is what you’re looking for, then Bardolino is the place for you. You could even combine your evening meal and bar-hopping in one place, such as the Primo Life Club, which is also a piano bar.
As well as the bars in the town centre, many of the hotels in Bardolino and the surroundings areas offer live music and other entertainment in the evenings. So if you’ve had a tiring day of fun and adventure, and just want to stay ‘at home’ for the night, you won’t have to miss out on the entertainment.
Italy is a romantic destination and Lake Garda is perhaps the most romantic place of all. That makes Bardolino an ideal place to enjoy some time with your significant other. Stroll arm-in-arm around the town and admire the shop windows full of locally produced food, drink, clothes and more. Or laze on the beach and soak up the sun before heading out for a romantic meal for two.
There are three main festivals that take place in Bardolino each year, and they are all related to wine. September sees the Festa dell’Uva, the biggest wine festival in the region. It see around 4,000 people in attendance, and there is wine tasting, dancing and fireworks. In May is the Chiaretto Wine Festival, and in November locals celebrate the Novello Wine Festival.
The street markets are another fun part of Bardolino culture. Quality leather goods, food and drink, porcelain, fine arts, and designer clothing can all be picked up whilst browsing the eclectic stalls.