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Lake Garda is Italy’s largest and most popular lake. It is situated in the north of the country and is home to many popular tourist resorts. The regions stunning landscape attracts visitors year after year. The lake is in close vicinity to Venice, Milan, Brescia and Verona, which makes it easy to explore multiple Italian cities.
When holidaying in Lake Garda, a visit to Sirmione is a must. This scenic town is situated on a peninsula in the lake and many have claimed it is the gem of Lake Garda. We also recommend visiting Bardolino, a stunning town right on the lakeside with a beautiful high street that is full of trendy bar’s and restaurants. Malcesine is another popular destination among tourists, this is a picturesque resort at the base of the mountains, that is known for its picture-perfect port, cobbled streets, famous castles, and spotless beach.
There is so much to do in Lake Garda that it suits couples and families of all ages and interests. Whether you enjoy an active holiday full of sightseeing, or a quiet holiday relaxing in the sun, Lake Garda is the perfect holiday destination!
The best airport to fly into to kick start your holiday in Lake Garda depends on which resort you will be visiting. Flight’s to Verona and Venice operate from Dublin regularly especially during the summer season. Milan flights from Dublin depart year-round, while flights depart from Cork and Shannon twice a week during the summer. The flight time is estimated between 2 hours 30 and 2 hours 45 minutes depending on the destination airport.
Plenty of towns around Lake Garda have a great range of bars and nightclubs to enjoy. One of the best town’s to party is Bardolino, with disco’s staying open until 4am during the summer season.
There are many towns around Lake Garda serving mouth-watering Italian and international cuisine. A holiday here is not complete without trying authentic pizza, pasta, and gelato.
Children will love a visit to Gardaland! This fantastic theme park is situated adjacent to Lake Garda and has a huge range of roller coaster's and attractions to suit kids of all ages.
Many towns in Lake Garda have beautiful scenic beaches to relax on. One of the most stunning beaches in the area is Sirmione beach.
One of the largest shopping centre’s in the area is the Millennium Centre Shopping Centre. Here you will find some of the best Italian and international high street retailers.
Ferragosto is one of Italy’s biggest national holiday’s, which falls on the 15th of August. There are plenty of celebrations throughout Lake Garda, these celebrations usually begin a few days early and continue for four or five days!
The best time to visit Lake Garda is during the summer months. As Lake Garda is in the north of Italy, it experiences cold winters, and hot summers. Temperatures average in the high twenties in the summer months, and this season is the liveliest time of the year.
Euro is used in Italy.
Lake Garda is one hour ahead of Ireland (GMT+1).
There is a ferry service that connects visitors to multiple resorts on the lake, fares start from as little as €3 for short hops. Buses can also take you to certain resorts, however, as Lake Garda is a rather big area, we recommend car hire if you would like to travel all around the region and see the best sights.