package holidays to lake garda
Steeped in history and culture, there are Roman ruins, medieval architecture, 12th century Frescoes, botanical gardens, castles as well the Verona amphitheatre to mention a few attractions, there is so much to see and do on and around this impressive lake and its beautiful lakeside resorts. The first settlements are believed to date from as early as 4000 B.C. but the Romans were the first to take Lake Garda holidays, attracted by the famous thermal springs and their healing properties. For centuries the great and the good have enjoyed holidays to Lake Garda, so come and see why Garda remains the most popular lake holiday resort in Europe.
Explore and discover hidden delights in the cobbled streets, shops, promenades and piazzas before stopping to enjoy the world renowned gourmet Italian cuisine. And don’t forget to sample the local wine! With theme and water parks close to the lake you'll find ample additional family entertainment to please the children between sunny days spent swiiming in the lake. In this spectacular environment there's plenty for those looking for an active holiday, ranging from gentle strolls to walking and hiking routes as well as cycling, boating, windsurfing and many other water sports. From historically and culturally rich, to relaxing or action-packed, there's no doubt Lake Garda holidays from sno have it all.
Lake Garda, in northern Italy is the largest of the Italian lakes and the most popular destination for Italian lakes holidays. Lake Garda holidays benefit from the unique geography which helps to provide a very mild Mediterranean climate and, along with the majestic landscapes, flourishing flora and free beaches this makes Lake Garda the perfect destination for a relaxing holiday or one filled with activities and/or cultural richness.
Created by a piedmont glacier 1.5 million years ago, the southern part of the lake is surrounded by vineyards and olive grove covered hills, whilst the narrower northern part is enclosed by the Gruppo del Baddo mountains. Lake Garda has numerous islands, 5 main ones, the largest being Isola del Garda. The water itself and the lakeside resorts which create such idyllic holidays in Lake Garda are current divided between the three provinces of Verona (SE), Brescia (SW) and Trentino (N).
Flights to lake garda
The nearest airport to Lake Garda that is considered a major Lake Garda airport is Verona (flight code VRN), with a mere 30 minutes drive to the nearest Garda holiday resorts depending on conditions. Bergamo airport in Milan is also barely an hour's drive from the southern resorts. The smaller airports near Lake Garda include Brescia (very close at around 40 minutes), Venice and Treviso but Verona remains the most popular airport for Lake Garda package holidays because it offers great value for chartered flights.
Lake Garda Facts
Largest Lake in Italy
Width between 2km and 18km
Height above sea level: 65m
Circumference 160km with 45km of free beaches.
Water stays in the lake on average for approximately 26 years
Water enters the lake via the Sacra River in the North end near the famous lake Garda town of Riva.
The Mincio River drains Lake Garda and runs south to join the Po River (longest in Italy).
Get the most from your Lake Garda holiday by adding day trips from our selection of Lake Garda excursions