The largest lake in Italy, Lake Garda is one of the country’s most popular tourist areas. A glacial moraine lake set amidst stunning mountain scenery, Garda is 50 kilometres long and nearly 20 wide. Along its shores can be found charming towns and villages, areas of historic interest, some outstanding natural beauty and plenty to keep the whole family occupied.
With around 45 kilometres of beaches on which to relax, there is plenty of tranquillity on offer around the shores of Lake Garda. Many beaches are secluded and quiet, and a swim in the placid, clear, warm lake waters is irresistible.
Lake Garda offers a wide variety of boat rentals. Motor boats for 5 or 6 persons don’t require a nautical license and afford the chance to explore large areas of the lake. For a more sedate pace there is the option of canoeing or kayaking, or the family fun of riding a pedalo.
This picturesque peninsula is an essential location to visit while on Lake Garda. Here are thermal baths with mineral rich waters at 70 degrees where you can be pampered. The Roman remains at the Grotto of Catallus are a fascinating reminder of the region’s past. Scaliger Castle is a 12th century fortification surrounded by water and once part of the defensive network which protected Verona.
Lake Garda offers numerous lakeside strolls with paths and promenades and some medium level walks in the gentle hills to the south. For a serious work out the mountain paths of the north can be a real challenge even for experienced hikers, but afford superb views of the lake, especially from the top of Monte Baldo.
Italy’s premiere theme park and one of the finest in the world is Gardaland, a Disney style recreation area divided into several themes. The Aqua Paradise water park boasts a wide variety of slides and pools, and Movie Land Studios is packed with shows, performing stuntmen and special effects.
Whatever your preferred level of holiday activity, this exquisitely beautiful lake has something to keep you busy. It also has the feel of the true, unspoilt heart of Italy.
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