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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.

Choosing a resort for your Lake Garda holiday

Each of the resorts on the lake has its own character, all set in beautiful scenery. There is easy boat and hydrofoil access to the other resorts, allowing visitors to take in the different atmospheres of the wide varieties that can be found on Lake Garda. Here are some helpful hints to guide your decision:

  • The resorts Limone, Riva, Torbole and Malcesine on the northern part of Lake Garda have the stunning mountain backdrops whilst the southern part of Lake Garda is surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and orchards.
  • Desenzano and Riva are bustling towns, with the best shopping and lively nightlife.
  • Torbole, Riva and Malcesine are great for watersports.
  • All the resorts are good for easy walking, and for more substantial marked trails and hikes the best Lake Garda holiday resorts are Limone and Malcesine with its cable car up to Monte Baldo. Pescheira in the south also offers some great walking options.
  • For ruins and history, Sirmione, Desenzano and Lazise are good options.
  • Gardone Riviera offers some calm and quiet options and there are exceptional spa facilities at Sirmione.
  • Garda and Bordolino are very popular with great all round facilities.
  • Garda and Peschiera are best for families, with Gardaland and Caneva theme parks just a short bus trip away.
  • Peschiera and Desenzano are great bases for independant travel with good transport links.

For help choosing where stay on your holidays to Lake Garda, read our recommendations on the Lake Garda resorts page.

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
Length 54km
Width between 2km and 18km
Depth 346m
Surface 370kmq
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.
all inclusive lake garda holidays
Royal Village Hotel
03 May 2017
Limone £504
Parc Hotel
23 Sep 2017
Peschiera £452
Casimiro Village Park H...
03 May 2017
Gulf of Salo £504
Leonardo da Vinci
29 Jun 2016
Limone £450
luxury lake garda holidays
Eden Hotel
28 Sep 2016
Sirmione £449
Villa Dirce Hotel
28 Sep 2016
Limone £369
NEW Chalet Hotel Galeazzi
03 May 2017
Gardone Riviera £309
Poiano Hotel
28 Sep 2016
Garda £409
family lake garda holidays
NEW Chalet Hotel Galeazzi
03 May 2017
Gardone Riviera £309
Olivi Hotel
28 Sep 2016
Sirmione £539
Prima Luna Hotel
24 Sep 2016
Malcesine £709
Europa Hotel
28 Sep 2016
Limone £349
lake garda short breaks
Eden Hotel
28 Sep 2016
Sirmione £449
Villa Dirce Hotel
28 Sep 2016
Limone £369
NEW Chalet Hotel Galeazzi
03 May 2017
Gardone Riviera £309
Poiano Hotel
28 Sep 2016
Garda £409
cheap lake garda holidays
Villa Dirce Hotel
28 Sep 2016
Limone £369
NEW Chalet Hotel Galeazzi
03 May 2017
Gardone Riviera £309
Royal & Suite Hotels
03 May 2017
Garda £504
Poiano Hotel
28 Sep 2016
Garda £409

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