Located in Northern Italy between Brescia and Verona this huge lake is home to ten fairly small but intriguing towns. I have previously stayed in both Riva Del Garda, as well as Garda itself. For my third visit in just under 4 years, (a clear indication as to how amazing it is) I was once again staying in Riva. Describing this secluded part of Italy is immensely difficult and more often than not photo’s don’t always do it justice. Picture the biggest area of water you could possible imagine, whilst still being able to see land from every angle, couple it with mountains you can’t see the top of and then add in the most colourful, vibrant and rustic Italian buildings and you get a pretty good idea.
There’s not a single part of the lake which doesn’t leave you thinking “woah, defo insta worthy”, and alongside the endless amounts of pizza, pasta and ice cream your camera roll will soon fill up. The slightly larger towns of Riva, Garda and Sirmonie are fairly commercialised, as they rely heavily on tourism, but nonetheless you still get the ultimate Italian experience if you wonder further into the winding streets. The shopping is second to none with endless rows of boutiques and quirky stores and absolutely no sign of the bigger brands, which was actually quite refreshing. Visiting the other towns from where you’re staying is incredibly easy, each town has a small port with boats coming as frequently as every 20 minutes, so you’ll be able to get a feel for the whole lake and not just your chosen destination.
The majority of the hotels all have pools as despite the lake being one of the most picturesque places I’ve visited there is absolutely no sign of sand on the lakeside, so unfortunately you have to brave a rocky walk into the water. I stayed at the Lido Palace which was stunning from start to finish. Considering the original building dates back to the early 1900’s the hotel is impeccably modern from the rooms to the reception area, to the wellness centre. The gym was amazing, as were the spa and pool (all huge factors for me on holiday), and the food in the main restaurant was unreal.
So, if you’re looking for a different alternative for a holiday rather than your stereotypical Spain and Greece and you look for these eight things in a holiday then you definitely need to visit Lake Garda.
- Chilled Atmosphere
- Basically living off the Prezzo menu everyday
- Unconventional views (not just a beach and the sea)
- Boat Trips
- Chatting to locals (they LOVE chatting to anyone)
- Trying new things
- Not just lying by a pool holiday
- Walking round with no specific destination in mind