Bathing fun, water sports, excursions and charming places on the lake - family holidays on Lake Garda
If you want to visit Italy's largest lake, you'll find a wide range of holiday parks and campsites - from large 4-star facilities with pools to small family sites and glamping on Lake Garda. There is a wide range of leisure activities on Lake Garda - in addition to playgrounds, mini and teen clubs or sports facilities, animal and amusement parks attract visitors around Lake Garda.
The largest amusement park in Italy is Gardaland - campsites are close by
Windsurfers are drawn to campsites near Limone, Riva del Garda and Torbole on northern Lake Garda. Here the lake is only three to four kilometres wide. Steep rock faces create special wind conditions for sporty wave gliders. Those who like it a little calmer and even warmer can go windsurfing, sailing or motor boating in the wider, central and southern parts of the lake.
Water sports for the whole family on Lake Garda
Near the shore you can go water skiing, SUPing, rowing, pedalling or canoeing. Kitesurfing is also allowed in the southern and eastern parts of Lake Garda, which belong to Veneto. The Gulf of Salò on the south-western shore of Lake Garda in Lombardy is particularly sheltered from the wind and weather. The town of Salò will delight you with its marina, lakeside promenade, boutiques, restaurants and a popular bathing beach with cafés.
In the centre and south you will also find most of the beaches on Lake Garda
They are mostly covered with fine pebbles. On the peninsula at Punta San Vigilio or at some campsites you will find sandy stretches of beach. Most of the beaches slope gently into the water. Many campsites directly on Lake Garda have their own beaches, some of which are guarded. Occasionally you will also find dog beaches, such as in Peschiera del Garda.
Culinary discoveries around Lake Garda
If you like pizza, pasta, polenta or risotto, northern Italy is the place to be. Also try the fish specialities from Lake Garda. Whitefish, tench and other edible fish are often steamed in white wine broth or prepared with local herbs. Wine lovers should visit the Zeni wine museum in Bardolino.
Huge wooden barrels in a cathedral-like wine cellar - the whole family will be amazed here.
The secrets of Lake Garda olive oil are revealed in the Oleificio in Cisano or in the historic oil manufactory in Soiano. You can reach them in the southwest of Lake Garda, in the gently hilly cycling and hiking paradise of the Valtènesi, between Padenghe, Polpenazze and Moniga del Garda. Shopping victims will find countless arts and crafts shops in the harbour towns as well as modern outlet and fashion centres on Lake Garda, for example in Desenzano, Lazise and Garda.
Cyclists cycle along the lakeside promenades or in the castle-rich Mincio river valley
Mountain bikers discover the signposted biking routes. The mountains around Riva del Garda are considered a nucleus of MTB sport. Hikers enjoy the view over Lake Garda to the Monte Baldo massif from the castle ruins on the Rocca di Manerba. The mountain slopes with their legendary plant diversity can be reached by cable car. The valley station is in Malcesine on the eastern shore. From Monte Baldo you can see many Alpine peaks and, in the deep blue of Lake Garda, the Isola del Garda. Boat trips to the lake islands are a holiday highlight. The Scaligerburg is also magnificent. The former rulers from nearby Verona built it on the peninsula of Sirmione, which stretches about two kilometres into the Benaco, Lake Garda.