Lake Garda: Adventure and Relaxation in Northern Italy
Lake Garda holidays boast a variety of options depending on which end of the lake you choose to stay. Located in the north between the Verona, Brescia and Trento provinces, Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy with its natural environment encompassing mountains in the north rife with outdoor activities, and the rolling hills of the southern part of the lake, better known for relaxation and lakeside beaches.
Windsurfing has become a huge industry in the north of Lake Garda. Whether the aquatic sport was the initial draw to the region or you’re simply in the mood to try something new, Lake Garda has the perfect wind patterns for this exciting outdoor sport.
When it’s time to dry off, check out the town of Arco, which hosts the annual Rock Master climbing competition. Even if you’re not around for the contest, it’s a great place to go vertical, either outdoors on the rock face or simply trying it out at one of the local indoor climbing gyms.
If you’re looking for a more relaxing holiday, stick to the south of the lake. The south has a more Mediterranean feel with warmer temperatures, larger beaches, and a variety of leisure activities. There are a number of spas on the southern end of the lake, including Centro Benessere Termale Aquaria located at the top of the peninsula of Sirmione, or the Parco Termale del Garda in Lazise, which boasts a lake fed with thermal waters and has waterfalls and jets of hot water on its banks.
After experiencing the luxury of the spa, get out into the streets at one of the weekly markets that take place in the lakeside towns. Clothing, leather goods, crafts, and fresh vegetables will help to give you a local flavour to your stay.
Here is a map showing Lake Garda, Italy:
This article was written by Inghams.