Crystal-clear water that’s never too cold. Sunny beaches, a mild climate and Mediterranean vegetation make Lake Garda comparable to a small-scale sea, set between the last spurs of the Alps and the Po plain.
Lake Garda is actually the largest lake in Italy, lying at the foot of the Alps, in a privileged position in the heart of North Italy, a mere 40 km from L’Albereta and the main cities of the North.
Lake Garda regales visitors with magnificent scenery, abounding in rich colours. It is delimited to the north by the majestic Brenta Dolomites and to the south by the gentle slopes of the morainic hills.
Lemon trees, oleanders and bougainvillaea flourish here thanks to the mild Mediterranean climate. And extensive vineyards and olive groves produce excellent varieties of wine and extra-virgin olive oil.
Strolling through the historic centre of one of the ancient lakeside villages, enjoying a ferry ride and choosing one of the many itineraries on offer to explore the surrounding area are the best ways to enjoy the lake’s wonderful atmosphere and spectacular landscape.
The lake offers numerous opportunities for sports lovers.
Sailing and windsurfing enthusiasts will find the ideal conditions for an exciting challenge against the wind. In recent years the lake has become the favourite destination of mountain-biking enthusiasts, and it is renowned all over the world for the exceptional quality of the golf courses here.
Tennis, paragliding, free-climbing, scuba-diving and many other sports find ideal conditions here. For the not-so-adventurous and lovers of the outdoors, there are many nature reserves and amusement and theme parks.
Last but not least, Lake Garda is renowned for its dolce vita and lively night life. Music, shows and other events animate the evening hours.
Things get going at sundown with an aperitif, friends gathering for a drink in one of the bars along the coast. They then move on to one of the excellent restaurants for which the area is renowned.
And the evening of course ends in one of the numerous local discos or nightclubs that have brought fame to Lake Garda night life, dancing until the sun comes up!
Photos © Brescia in Vetrina