At a glance
Go back to school and learn to windsurf
Sample tasty nibbles at a cheese factory
Hike the panoramic trail from Busatte to Tempesta
Destinations in Torbole
Top things to See and Do in Torbole
Sport on the water
Al Cor and Lido Blu are both pebble beaches with grass areas. Facilities include snack bars and restaurants, plus showers and toilets. Sun loungers are available to rent, too. Torbole is known for its watersports – take a beginner lesson in windsurfing or kitesurfing, or relax on the shore and watch the pros out on the water.
Head to Riva beach
If you’re looking for a change of scenery, cycle or walk along the lakefront promenade to Riva. Riva has some of the largest pebble and grass beaches of the north - Pini beach, or Pine Beach, and Spiaggia Sabbioni. Both beaches have bars and cafés, pedalo hire, playgrounds, floating platforms, sun lounger rental and showers.
Fancy a dip?
The Sarca River is the main inlet of Lake Garda. The source is high up in the mountains and, for much of the year, the water is snow melt - so not only is it extremely clear, but it's also wonderfully refreshing for a dip on a hot summer’s day. Just be aware that the river is quite fast moving, so it's only recommended for strong swimmers.
To pick up holiday bargains, the market is the place to be. Open every second Tuesday morning from around 8am to 2pm, you’ll find a variety of products including traditional Italian pottery, clothing, leather goods, gifts and souvenirs. While the market is not as cheap as you may think, the quality of the products is really good.
Torbole has a great selection of shops, many of which stock surf gear and activewear. There’s a Rip Curl store and Quicksilver store for clothing, walking gear and footwear, alongside shops offering leather goods, jewellery, and souvenirs. For a larger range, the Blue Garden Shopping Centre in Riva has over 40 shops to browse.
As Torbole is more of an active town, it doesn’t have many high-end stores offering designer brands. Along the promenade or road into Riva, you’ll find stores such as Jack Wolfskin, Armani and United Colors of Benetton. If you’re looking to spend some serious money, take a trip to Verona for the likes of Gucci, Versace and Prada.
The lakefront promenade is ideal for taking an evening stroll with an ice cream in hand. Watch the lights twinkling from nearby towns and listen to the water lapping over the pebbles. For a relaxed bar in town, Aurora has a large garden area full of comfy beanbags.
To cater for the many watersports fans who flock to Torbole in summer, many bars offer happy hours and there’s often live music. Wind’s Bar on the main road is open until 2am and has a lively atmosphere and refreshing cocktails. The Aurora Lounge Bar often hosts bands and DJ sets on a weekly basis.
In Torbole, as with most of the other Lake Garda resorts, Italian cuisine dominates, and here you can find pizza and pasta for under €10. As the town is located on the northern part of the lake, most restaurants have spectacular views of not only the lake, but the mountains too. There are lots of informal cafes and restaurants on the lakefront, as well as up in the hills of Nago-Torbole.
Drinks and snacks at Bar alla Sega
On the beach and with gorgeous views of the lake and the surrounding mountains, Bar alla Sega is lovely for some quiet drinks and snacks. The bar itself is contemporary and has a retractable roof, and serves everything from sandwiches to ice cream.
Pizzas, pastas and seafood at Al Pescatore
Just off the waterfront is Al Pescatore, which serves up large pizzas in creative shapes, and with a variety of toppings, at an extremely good price. If you don’t fancy pizza, then they also offer pasta, risotto and seafood dishes. This restaurant also has wheelchair access.
A wine for each dish at Aqua Ristorante
Part of the Hotel Lago di Garda, and with fantastic views of the water, Aqua Ristorante is a modern but elegant restaurant with a charming atmosphere. Customers love their seafood platters and they have a good wine selection to go with every dish.