LAKE GARDA 2016

Another visit to Lake Garda staying on the South shore this time in the beautiful town of Sirmione
If you are planning on visiting Lake Garda for a holiday it is advisable to do a little research on where you would like to visit or stay. A friend of mine asked me if I had walked around the lake when I had returned home from my holiday recently. When I told him the shore length was about 98 miles long and covered a surface area of approximately 229 miles he almost dropped his pint of beer. One thing is for sure, this is a big lake and there are many superb places to visit around it. The North end of the lake is very popular for water sports and this is where the lake is narrower so the water is teeming with wind / kite surfers and sail boats during the holiday season. The resorts of Riva Del Garda, Nago Torbole, Limone and Malcesnie are located here. The North part of Lake Garda is also the most mountainous and the views of the lake and mountains are stunning. If you choose to visit the East shore you are entering the Olive Riviera where olive trees and grape vines cover the slopes. The resorts of Garda, Bardolino and Lazise can be found here and are usually frequented more by families’ due to its family friendly beaches. All resorts around Lake Garda during June to September are very busy with tourists jetting in, travelling by road and rail so be prepared for a lively experience when visiting Lake Garda. If you feel that the hustle and bustle is not your scene, then you can try the West shore as this can sometimes seem a little less manic. The resorts of Gardone Riviera, Gargnano and Salo provide a little solace with nice walks, park and gardens and some great cafes and restaurants that never seem to be overflowing with tourists. Then there is the South shore with Sirmione, Peschiera and Desenzano being the main players. This is where Lake Garda is probably at its widest and it does look more like a sea coast line as opposed to a lake side. Desenzano is a good family based resort and Sirmione whilst overflowing with tourists in the daytime can be quieter during the evening. Sirmione is certainly a day tripper’s location but if you explore the peninsular you can find some quieter areas even during the daytime. Whether you choose to stay in a hotel or you prefer camping or bed and breakfast there are hundreds of good hotels and camping grounds situated around the lake. There is also a good road which runs all around the lake which is approximately 100 miles long and in some areas you’re driving skills will certainly be put to the test should you choose to travel around it. However, one of the best ways to explore Lake Garda and its surrounding resorts is to use the ferry service. There are ferry ports in all major towns and resorts. Various tariffs are available to explore most of the major attractions. It would be prudent to spend a little time working out the time tables as they can be a little confusing. Also there are good bus routes around the lake. So if you like water sports, sightseeing, walking / hiking, historic buildings, good food, ice cream and excellent wine or just chilling out and watching the world go by with some sunshine thrown in for good measure, then a visit to Lake Garda is definitely for you.