Things to Do in Lake Garda
If you missed my post last week, I was talking about my trip to Verona – which consequently lead to this trip. So if you missed that, be sure to go and take a look! Anyways, now on to things to do in Lake Garda.
We made our way to where we were staying in Tafella via Peschiera del Garda. Again, there wasn’t much science to choosing which town in Lake Garda we would stay in. I think I googled “best towns Lake Garda” and the first one to pop up was Sirmione, on the south aspect of the lake. Therefore, we found a BnB near there.
Peschiera Del Garda is the closest train/bus station to Tafella, so we changed there and got a taxi the rest of the way. Although we did stop to have a bit of food and an explore around Peschiera Del Garda. It’s a gorgeous mediterranean harbour town, built across a few small islands connected by bridges. The water is a perfect blue and combined with the heat, it made for a very scenic lunch stop.
We opted for a BnB right next to the Lake, with access to a beach. BUT, it also had its own pool/hot tub/lounging area – safe to say we had all bases covered. We got settled in the our room (again, air conditioning is a must!) and then commenced the relaxation part of the holiday. The majority of our time was spent relaxing by the pool, swimming, reading, listening to music or going short strolls to various bars/restaurants across the waterfront.
The Punta Gro beach by the lake was very busy with locals, escaping the towns and cities to make the most of the intense heat. The lake itself was shallow in a good way – you could wade out and get to head/shoulder level. However, mostly it was around waist height and the perfect temperature that was refreshing, but not so cold you became uncomfortable. We found at night the lake was an incredible temperature, so would recommend an evening swim if you get the chance.
There are lots of local wineries in the area so we would highly recommend a tour. We explored a vineyard, and got told about the place’s history and process. We then enjoyed a selection of sparkling, white, red and dessert wines. All whilst learning how best to taste them. The bread, cheese and salami to accompany it were particularly good!
One day the electricity at our BnB broke down. This made air conditioning, wifi and charging electronic devices an impossibility. So, we used the opportunity to rent some bikes for the day and cycle up to Sirmione. Sirmione is a gorgeous town at the tip of the peninsula, with thermal baths, a castle, beach and a lot of lovely restaurants. The bike path was mostly along the lake’s edge, and took less that 30 mins at a very leisurely pace. Cycling is a much cooler way to travel! You aren’t allowed bikes within the town but there’s plenty of parking available.
We wanted to make our way to the top of the peninsula and enjoy Jamaica Beach. So even though by the time we got there it was barely midday, we still set up shop in the beach bar with a carafe of Moscow Mule. This, somewhat, unofficially became the drink of the trip due to the light and refreshing nature of the ginger. Then we took a more scenic route back through the town looking at small shops. We grabbed some food by the lake, and enjoyed some gelato. By the time we did all this it was basically 6pm!
That would be my top tip for Italy; take your time, try not to rush (the locals certainly aren’t rushing).
It’s all very relaxed. I think to make the most of your trip and savour the food, drinks, atmosphere, you need to be willing to sit back for as long as you want to. Especially as the heat is so intense.
Certain holidays definitely suit a more itinerary driven approach but not this one. Luckily, we were in such a relaxed mindset that when our flight back was delayed by several hours, we were happy to just kick back and take it easy. No rush, tutto bene.
Hopefully you enjoyed this post, and picked up some things to do in Lake Garda for next time you’re there! If you missed Monday’s post, Lara was talking about how to be less judgemental to aid you in growing your business.
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