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Lake Garda, Italy

Lake Garda

Visit Lake Garda

Introduction

Lake Garda is the largest of the Italian Lakes and stretches sinuously from the Italian Plains towards the Dolomites.

Its beautiful lakeside towns, palatial hotels, cypress groves and dramatic fjord-like coastline have enchanted visitors for centuries, even the Romans used Lake Garda as a luxury retreat.

Covering three distinct provinces in its 50 km stretch, Lake Garda's shorelines are not only vast but varied. The majestic north offers the perfect opportunity for an active holiday - surrounded by dramatic, mountainous landscapes it’s a hiker’s dream, whilst the breeze at this narrower end of the lake creates a ripple in the water that makes for quite the watersports haven. To the south, the lake widens to bask in the sub-Mediterranean sun and mountains give way to flat, olive tree and lemon grove covered lands. On the water's edge, beguiling harbour towns showcase the wines of surrounding vineyards and clear waters lap at pretty pebbled beaches – it’s really no wonder that so many poets have been captivated by Lake Garda’s countless charms.

Sirmione

Desenzano del Garda, a small town on the lake’s southern shore, is known as the gateway to Lake Garda. Its excellent transport connections make it a popular starting point for a Garda holiday, as well as placing it in prime position for trips and excursions, whilst the historic winding streets and quaint tranquil harbour of the town itself make for pleasant wanderings.

Just a short boat ride away lies Sirmione, an impossibly pretty village located on a slim shard of the lake's peninsula with an ancient castle and Roman ruins. Known for its thermal springs, Sirmione has retained its status as a spa destination since the Roman times and makes for a perfectly picturesque stop off. A stay at the Villa Cortine Palace provides a taste of real Italian luxury on Lake Garda’s shores.

Gardone Riviera

The chic resort of Gardone Riviera, on Lake Garda's southwest shore oozes elegance and features sumptuous villas, lush gardens and luxury hotels. Not to be missed are the flower carpeted grounds, narrow meandering alleys, graceful water features and quirky statues of the famous Hruska Botanical Gardens. Visitors can follow in the footsteps of Winston Churchill with a classical stay in Lake Garda’s original accommodation, the Grand Hotel.

Top itineraries in Lake Garda

Northern Italy and the Lakes

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,535 pp incl. flights

Calm blue lakes, snow-crested mountains, grandiose villas and some of Italy's finest Belle Époque hotels provide the backdrop to this tailor-made driving holiday through beautiful northern Italy. Its bookended by stays among Milan's ultra-fashionable repose and Verona's fabled past.

Lake Garda in Style

9-day itinerary from £1,140 pp incl. flights

Showcase the splendour of one of Italy's most beautiful lakes taking in the renaissance romance of Verona, before a week of lazing lake-side on the shores of the glittering Lake Garda.

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Top places to stay in Lake Garda

Villa Cortine Palace, Lake Garda

Small & intimate hotel

This late 19th century villa was converted into a hotel in 1953, adding clay tennis court and poolside luxury to its original antique furnishings.

Du Lac et Du Parc Grand Resort, Lake Garda

Contemporary hotel

This large, smart hotel looks out over mature trees, lawns and ornamental lakes to Lake Garda and offers excellent dining and activities.

Grand Hotel Gardone Riviera, Lake Garda

Grand & elegant hotel from £845 pp incl. flights

Grand Hotel Gardone was Lake Garda's first hotel. This elegant four-star property has been welcoming guests through its doors since 1884. Classically styled rooms offer comfort and a touch of class, but it's the breathtaking lake views that are this hotels real attraction.

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When to go to Lake Garda

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Summers on the shores of Italy’s largest lake are captivating. With the lake’s soft breeze cooling the hot streets of pretty harbour towns, carrying with it a light citrus fragrance from the surrounding lemon groves, its sub-Mediterranean climate can be enjoyed without activities being stifled by sweltering heat. Whether swimming, sunbathing or general exploration is on the agenda, late spring to early summer is the best time to make a trip.

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