All the resorts on Lake Garda have their own attractions and unique atmosphere often defined by their location. The southern part of Lake Garda is mostly surrounded by gentle rolling hills covered in lush vegetation, Olive grove, vineyards and Cypress trees. The lake is much wider in the south, often warmer and has more sandy beaches. Resorts at the southern end are also more suited to families, with additional attractions of the local theme parks and short transfers. The northern part of Lake Garda and environs are situated between the Gruppo del Baddo mountains and is a lot narrower with pebble beaches. The walking and hiking in this area is a lot more challenging and some of the water sports, like windsurfing are much more prevalent due to the constant windy conditions. The resorts on the northwest side of the lake are the most tranquil and quiet. Good shopping, nightlife and enchanting lakeside options are available all around Lake Garda.
The best local food and wine
While the vistas, history and attractions of this region are a great draw, Lake Garda is also famous for its cuisine and fine wines. With a surprising number of Michelin star restaurants, it's worth taking the time to pick out a few "true diamonds" of the area.
Our friend Paulo, maitre d', former restaurateur and life-long resident of the lake explains where to eat in each of the main resorts and recommends a couple of famous local dishes on our restaurants page.
And, because man cannot live on bread alone, he also explains the famous and must-try wines of the area, from the well known Bardolino to the sublime creations of the local masters. Watch his video interview and then look up the best local watering holes on our bars page.