A spa town on the shores of Lake Garda, Sirmione is a pampering hotspot in the sun. The naturally warm waters have been soothing aches and pains since the 1800s, when spas opened up around the town. Spectacular views, historic landmarks and a picturesque harbour complete the picture, making Sirmione the perfect place to explore and unwind. Away from the peaceful spas, there’s a bustling town to discover, a castle to explore and the ancient ruins of Grotte di Catullo to roam.
Beach-lovers can take their pick from four lakeside locations, where toasty summer temperatures top the high twenties. Take to the lake’s waters for a swim or try out one of the many watersports on offer. If all that sounds a little too energetic, you can hire a boat or join a boat trip and explore the lake at a slower pace.
The action isn’t limited to Lake Garda’s waters though. With a top-notch golf course, two nearby theme parks and weekly markets, Sirmione has plenty to entertain away from the water. If your holiday begins as night falls, Sirmione’s bars and clubs party into the early hours.
Sun-blessed summers make a Sirmione holiday ideal for beach lazing or exploring the lake, while the spas offer a warm welcome in the cooler winter months. If heavenly pampering in the spa sounds far too relaxing, Sirmione has some well-known lakeside cycling routes and paths to nearby resorts. Desenzano and Pozzolengo are both within cycling distance and offer stunning views of the lake on route. Whether you’re lazing in a mud bath, peddling and paddling around the lake or exploring Sirmione’s streets we think you’ll adore this lakeside spa town as much as we do.
To tick off another of Italy’s great lakes, head west to Lake Iseo. This smaller lake is just as beautiful as Lake Garda and benefits from its relatively unknown status. Fewer tourists means you can explore Lake Iseo at your own pace. The lake’s main town, Iseo, is just under an hour’s drive from Sirmione. Enjoy the drive through the region’s unspoilt countryside and discover the delights of Iseo and the lake.
If you’ve done the lakes and fancy a change of scene, Venice is just a 90-minute drive from Sirmione. Seemingly impossible, the city is built on water. Joined by a network of canals, beautiful buildings and streets line the waterways. Explore via gondola, people-watch in the squares and explore this historic city. Hit the top tourist spots then escape to the quieter backstreets where there are hidden treasures still to discover.
One of Lake Garda’s most picturesque towns, Peschiera’s fortress walls hide a gem of an old town. With a beach, harbour and nearby theme parks to entertain kids of all ages, Peschiera has something for everyone. Accessible by train, ferry or car, Peschiera is easy to get to. Once there we recommend a visit to la Barcaccia - a floating restaurant serving great food just outside Peschiera’s walls.
Isola del Garda
Accessible only by small boat, this island on Lake Garda is a world away from any other resort on the lake. Owned by Italian aristocracy, they allow visitors to the island over the summer months. Hop aboard a boat trip in Sirmione and set sail for the island. There’s a lush green park, formal gardens, and a lavish Venetian Gothic villa to be found.
Not being close to the coast doesn’t stop you getting some serious sunbathing in. The shores of Lake Garda offer plenty of beach options, and Sirmione is no exception. With four beaches to choose from, you can soak up the sun, take a dip or just paddle in the cooling waters.
Take to the lake
Sirmione is surrounded by water, making it a hotspot for watersports. Hire a boat for a leisurely sail around the lake. Whizz across the water on water skis or jet skis. Or, if you fancy something a little more energetic, paddle your way around the lake on a canoe. Seeing Lake Garda from the water is a fantastic way to see hidden spots on the shore.
Soothe away your aches and pains at one of the many thermal spas in Sirmione. The perfect way to relax and unwind. Submerge yourself in the town’s healing waters or take advantage of the other pampering treats on offer. Massages, mud baths, saunas, steam rooms and swimming pools are all on the menu.
Lake Garda cuisine
Lake Garda’s menus take full advantage of the best ingredients found on the nearby shores. Their best olives feature in light and delicate oils. Locally grown lemons are used in everything from liqueurs and risottos to zesty gelatos. Regional dishes around the lake often have German influences, including the Yota. A stew made of sauerkraut, potatoes, beans and ham - a tasty dish to try when you visit Lake Garda.
If you’re a foodie looking to sample some of Italy’s best dishes, you’ve chosen the right place. Sirmione has some first-class restaurants serving authentic Italian and local cuisine. Whether you’re looking for an intimate dinner for two or family evening out, Sirmione has a restaurant for you.
Sirmione holidays have something to offer every type of holidaymaker. From spa fans to families of holidaymakers and couples. With day trips to Venice and other lakes in the area as well as a top notch golf course, historic ruins, cycle routes, and a choice of lakeside beaches, this is a relaxing and beautiful place to visit all year round.
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