There may be more than 1,000 lakes in Italy, but the country’s largest, Lake Garda, is undoubtedly one of its most dramatic. Located between the Alps and the Dolomites, Lake Garda holidays offer rugged mountain scenery and plenty of fun-filled activities to keep all kinds of travellers entertained. Stretching for 51 kilometres, Lake Garda’s expansive waters are fringed by historic lakeside towns, pristine beaches, castles and hiking trails.
Exploring Lake Garda’s shore-hugging towns, such as Peschiera, Sirmione, Limone and Garda itself, is an ideal way to get to know the region, as is whiling away a sunny afternoon in a café-lined square near the water’s edge. If relaxation is high on your holiday hit list, Lake Garda’s sandy shores rival those of any beach – look out for those at Malcesine and Lazise in particular.
Adventurous types can get wet with water sports on the lake – everything from kayaking, canoeing and sailing, to stand-up paddle boarding or kitesurfing. Equally, there are a whole host of activities available on land, including hiking and mountain biking.
Whether you’re a couple looking to switch off, sunbathe and simply take in the sensational scenery or a family after an active break full of adrenaline, holidays to Lake Garda never disappoint.