The Italians are brilliant with bambini, and Lake Garda’s certainly no exception. Wow them with fairy-tale castles and sky-high mountains, treat them to theme park trips and gelato stops and spend time together walking, cycling and splashing about in the lake.
Hotels here come with some awesome facilities for families - youngsters will have a whale of a time in indoor and outdoor swimming pools (especially the fun kids pools…) and pottering about in private beach areas, while parents relax in the sun.
Pick Peschiera for rail access to Venice and Milan, lovely lakeside walks and the chance to paddle in some of Lake Garda’s warmest water.
If your brood like to keep busy, Riva’s perfect. Explore the town, visit castles and forts or get stuck into the wonderful world of water sports.
Stay in sunny Sirmione for its car free streets, awesome gelato, beaches for lake days and a sensational spa and golf course for grown-ups.
Beautiful Bardolino has more to it than amazing wine (though that’s a definite plus for parents). Take the tribe on walks and bike rides, splash about on beaches or treat them to time at the Riovalli Waterpark.
If your youngsters are into their Horrible Histories, they’ll love visiting Desenzano’s Roman Villa and medieval castle. The shopping suits teens down to a T, and the town has super transport links around Lake Garda and out to Verona and Venice.
Garda’s a good family all-rounder for holidays as active or relaxed as you like, with historic palazzos and fortresses, beautiful beach areas and nearby theme parks.
Peace, quiet and quality time together are the order of the day for families in Gardone Riviera. Walk and cycle rolling hills, visit botanical gardens and relax on the blue flag beach.
Bucket loads of colour and character are the makings of Limone, for family holidays spent getting stuck into hikes, bike rides and watersports, visiting old lemon houses or roaming around the town.
On-site creches and kids clubs are a super way for sprogs to make friends, with expert staff to take over the childcare while you enjoy some time off. Just below you’ll find our favourite properties with childcare actually on the premises (though we always advise to double check when booking as details do change).
You could bring the clan here for years and find new things to see and do each time – many families do and have a cracking time.
For active families, there are oodles of walking and hiking routes, taking you to ancient chapels, castles and vineyards, up mountains and along lake and riversides. There’s a ton to experience on two wheels, whether you’re mountain biking, road biking or a mix of the two. And when it calls for a change of scene, the legendary Dolomites are within easy reach for a day trip… Water activities are abundant here too, with sailing, windsurfing and kayaking among the favourites and just the right conditions to enjoy them with.
If history’s more your family forte, there’s no chance of being bored here. Palazzo’s and villas give a glimpse of life in the 14-16th centuries, fortresses recall days of battles and rock carvings date back long, long ago. Malcesine’s Scaligero castle is a must-visit, as is the cathedral in Desenzano.
Or when food comes first, there’s everything from farmer’s markets to Michelin-starred restaurants, with museums dedicated to the making of olive oil and local wines.
Of course there’s always the prospect of lazy lakeside days to look forward to, in which case the sand and shingle beaches and lidos (we like Lido dell Bionde and Parco Baia delle Sirene) are spot on.
Short flight and transfer times are big bonuses when it comes to travelling with tots, and we’re pleased to say Lake Garda has both. Our packages fly from a number of regional UK airports, letting you pick the most hassle-free transport option. With airport transfers already included, you won’t have to waste time sorting it all out separately.
Some families prefer to arrange their own journey, and in this case our accommodation-only deals are spot on. There’s also the option to drive to resort, which with scenic roads, interesting stop offs and no luggage restrictions can be preferable – ask us about our packages with ferry or channel tunnel crossings included if you’re keen to come by car.
Like the rest of Italy, children are welcomed with open arms in the Lake Garda resorts. The ease of getting around means you can explore all the lake has to offer throughout your time here, but if there’s a specific activity you’re all keen on, you can choose a resort to suit.
Lake Garda’s location gives you good opportunity to whisk the brood to famous Italian cities for a day, and staying in Desenzano or Peschiera puts you near the train station for links to Venice and Verona.
If your brood go barmy for watersports, pick one of the resorts at the top end of the lake – Riva’s our favourite for sailing and windsurfing. Or for scenic hikes, stay in Malcesine for the Monte Baldo cable car (plus a spectacular castle that’ll fire up imagination all round). For families who love theme parks, Garda and Peschiera are near Canevaworld and Gardaland – both are brilliant for beaches too.