Lake Garda, (Lago di Garda), lies at the base of the Alps in Northern Italy. It is the country’s largest lake, surrounded by some of Italy’s most celebrated natural scenery. It has long been a favourite destination for romantic getaways due to the blissfully relaxed atmosphere, dramatic scenery, magnificent restaurants and wealth of activities.
Lake Garda itself is the perfect setting for sailing and boat trips across the clear waters. You can lay anchor and take a swim of find a secluded cove for a picnic at any time, or simply enjoy exploring the changing scenery as you move. Lake Garda villas have also become popular with windsurfers and scuba divers, keen to take advantage of the clear waters and reliable conditions.
On the shores of Lake Garda, the foothills of the Alps are the perfect setting for walking, paragliding, mountain biking and free-climbing. There are even a number of golf courses, amusement parks (water parks, animal parks and Movieland Amusement Park) and a go-karting track within easy reach of a Lake Garda apartment. Kite-surfing, wakeboarding and fishing are also hugely popular activities to enjoy from Lake Garda accommodation. After a long day of sport, how better to relax in one of the many health spas which surround the lake, and then home to a glass of local wine on the balcony of your Lake Garda villa, surrounded by breathtaking scenery?
An apartment on Lake Garda’s shores allows you to explore the cities of Verona, Brescia and Venice with ease. All three are within an hour and a half drive, meaning that you can explore the many treasures of art and culture which they hold in a day and return to the blissful atmosphere and stunning scenery of your Lake Garda accommodation in time to see the sun set over the Alps.
The town of Garda Vacanze is a delightful town on the shores of Lake Garda, with picturesque streets offering elegant boutiques, fine restaurants, quaint cafes and a surprisingly lively nightlife. There are a number of good bars and clubs to be found in the town, which are easily enjoyed from a self catering Lake Garda holiday villa.
Lake Garda benefits from a beautifully mild climate. Between June and the end of September, average temperatures range from 22°C to 26°C, ideal for walking in the foothills of the Alps.
The closest airport to a lakeside villa or apartment in Lake Garda is Verona Airport (VRN), served from the UK by British Airways. Transfers on the private shuttle bus which is supplied costs around £13 pp, or you can take the train to Stazione, one of the many villages on the banks of Lake Garda.