Five great experiences to have in Lake Garda

by Mary Del Rosario
Stripes Europe

Crystal clear water, delightful lake view restaurants, picturesque castles and adventurous activities are memories in the making that can be found in Lake Garda. This beautiful lake, situated in northern Italy, shares its shoreline with the provinces of Verona, Brescia and Trentino. From beaches to nature reserves, Lake Garda offers fun for every taste! If you’re looking for an Italian adventure, check out these must-do activities that should be on your itinerary.  

1. Visit the Sirmione Castle

Boasting as being one of the best preserved castles in Italy, Sirmione Castle is a must-visit when in Lake Garda. During the Scaliger era, this castle was used as a fortress and a port, which was rare. With a scenic view of the lake and a drawbridge in which you can enter, it’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a Game of Thrones set! Walk 146 steps in order to reach the patrol path to take in this beautiful castle’s glory. The only way to enter Sirmione, a historic town on the southern area of Lake Garda, is by entering this castle.  

Address: Viale Gugliemo Marconi 2, Sirmione, Brescia

2. Experience the thrills and chills in Gardaland

Situated in the North-Eastern part of the lake, treat the kids to this family-friendly amusement park which includes roller coasters, water rides and entertainment shows. Though in the lake area, Gardaland doesn’t actually face the water, but everyone will be too busy enjoying the coasters and eating tasty foods to even realize. The resort includes Gardaland Sea-Life for those who love to “sea” the sea creatures and even has its own hotel.

Address: Via Derna, 4, Castelnuovo del Garda

3. Stroll through Limone sul Garda

In the northern area of Lake Garda, find the breathtaking town of Limone sul Garda. This historic city is perfect for a day trip to enjoy the views of the lake. Italian for “lemon,” this touristy hub was once known for growing lemons and citrus fruits, so be sure to tour the Limonaia del Castèl, an old lemon grove.

To see a view that looks like it’s been on the cover of a postcard, visit Port Vecchio, which is the harbor in the heart of the old town. Nearby, find a narrow lane dotted with tourist shops and waterfront restaurants.

Fun fact: If you’re a movie buff, drive along Via Gardesana. This lakeside road was in the James Bond movie Quantum of Solace, which included a car chase.  

4. Find adventure with water and extreme sports

Along with views for days and picture-perfect villages, Lake Garda is also home to an array of sports. Take a stab at many of the watersports including kitesurfing, sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. More of a nature lover? Explore the mountainous side of this lake with excursions such as horseback riding, mountain biking and golfing.

5. Stride along the promenade in Salò

With Gothic-style churches and a mountain that dominates the background, this town in the south-western part of Lake Garda can’t be missed! Sal is home to the longest promenade on Lake Garda. Here, you can bask in the colorful hues of the boats that are docked on the shore.  Snap pictures of Monte San Bartolomeo, the prevalent mountain surrounding the city. Explore this area on a Saturday and head to the market held in the morning.   

Lake Garda offers many quaint villages to explore, beaches to enjoy, and sports to try! Escape to this Italian gem for an unforgettable experience!

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