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Lake Garda Hotels and Apartments
Lake Garda or ‘Lago di Garda’ is located in north-east Italy, and is the country’s largest lake attracting many tourists throughout the year. Lake Garda is close to the popular cities of Verona, Venice and Milan. The Northern Alps surrounding the lake spill into the intense, dark blue waters and olive trees, lemon trees and vineyards lace the hillsides.
With a warm Mediterranean climate, Lake Garda is packed with everything you need for a fun-filled holiday. From sleepy villages and fantastic cultural sights to lively towns and amusement parks, its stunning natural beauty and superb food make for the perfect holiday destination.
Thrill seeker or history buff?
Whether you are young at heart or a history lover, you can explore the different shores of Lake Garda and find something to suit you. Visit Gardaland, located in Castelnuovo del Garda – Italy’s first amusement park and Europe’s third most popular theme park attracting nearly 3 million visitors each year. Here you will find exhilarating rollercoasters, exciting water rides, kid’s rides and a sea life aquarium. Alternatively, CanevaWorld in Lazise is well worth a visit. Made up of Movieland Park and Caneva Aquapark, this is family-friendly fun for all.
If amusement parks aren’t for you, you can visit plenty of historic sights scattered around Lake Garda, mainly entailing Roman ruins and castles. Visit areas such as Nago-Torbole, a quaint fishing village containing the ruins of the Penede Castle, or Sirmione, the most spectacular area on the lake. Upon entry to the old town of Sirmione, pass through the bridge of the 13th Century Scaligero castle. Once inside, absorb the panoramic views of the colourful, cobbled streets, stop for a drink or bite to eat in one of the restaurants or bars tucked away on a side street, or find your favourite souvenir in the shops. Take a stroll along the lake shore past the beautiful beaches and crystal clear water, to the very top point of the peninsula where the Grottos of Catullo, an old Roman palace, has been uncovered. For those looking for ultimate relaxation, you can bathe in the thermal pools of the lakeside Aquaria Spa.
Lazy beach days
Lake Garda boasts 45km of free beaches, meaning you are never too far from a relaxing day in the sun to top up your tan. Lake Garda beaches are naturally formed from shingle and offer a variety of activities and water sports, from fishing to windsurfing and kayaking to pedalos. You can also visit private beaches which are usually located at campsites and hotels. These often provide children’s clubs, relaxation areas and a number of bars and restaurants to choose from.
For those who want a party-like atmosphere, some beaches have music pumping from nearby bars. For a great sandy beach, visit the south side of Lazise which is perfect for kids. One of the most remarkable beaches is Baia delle Sirene, also known as 'Mermaids Bay', where the shores are dotted with fragrant orange and lemon trees.
Entertainment day and night
Lake Garda towns and villages are renowned for their unique nightlife accompanied by the stunning views of the lake. Many music events and festivals are held throughout the summer months and each village is brimming with bars and restaurants along the coastline. There are also many hidden gems to be found along the back streets. When visiting Lake Garda, you can sample delicious Italian cuisine prepared with fresh ingredients straight from the lake, wine from the vineyards and extra virgin olive oil from the olive groves. Lake Garda has a huge variety of entertainment options so there is always something to choose from.
· Currency – EUR
· Time Zone – GMT + (1)
· Travel Time – Verona Villafranca Airport (VRN) – 1 hour 55 minutes (London Gatwick), 2 hours 20 minutes (Manchester)