Garda holidays bubble with Italian romance, al fresco dining and lively entertainment on a glistening waterfront.

Pretty in pastels

On the eastern shore of Lake Garda in northern Italy, Garda's a real gem. Dip your toes in the clear lake waters before meandering to neighbouring villages or cypress tree-filled parks. Cafés and pastel-toned villas dot the waterfront, serving up that quintessential Italian charm – and some tasty gelato.

Oh so Italian

Get your taste buds tingling at the local olive oil museum before buying a bottle fresh from Garda's famous olive groves. Continue the culture trip with and meander through the winding streets and sample some authentic limoncello and regional wine.

When the sun goes down

Lively locals fill the streets of Garda once the sun sets. Join in the fun by sampling local wines at a lakefront bar, or clink a cold beer in the cooler evening air. Street entertainers and talented musicians keep the buzz alive until the early hours.

Out and about

Here are some ideas of things to do when staying in Garda:

• Lakeside promenade with cycle paths
• Lake bathing
• Boat trips
• Tennis courts
• Markets
• Local museums

At a Glance

  • Hop between cafés and gelaterias on the waterfront
  • Learn about all things olive oil at the museum in Cisano
  • Dip a toe at Mermaid Bay – it’s oh so scenic

TOP THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN GARDA

BEACHES

SHOPPING

NIGHTLIFE

FOOD & DRINK