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Garda holidays

Garda’s idyllic position and bustling town centre make it the perfect resort to soak up the Italian sunshine, stunning scenery and colourful atmosphere. Great for couples, families and groups alike it has a diverse range of things to do and see, all adding up to a terrific Lake Garda experience.

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At a glance: • Amazing sunsets • something for everyone • knee deep in history and culture

Great for: • Families • walks and bike rides • day trips • weddings

Garda’s idyllic position and bustling town centre make it the perfect resort to soak up the Italian sunshine, stunning scenery and colourful atmosphere. Great for couples, families and groups alike it has a diverse range of things to do and see, all adding up to a terrific Lake Garda experience.

Garda Guide

Garda is one of the bigger resorts on the south-eastern shore of Lake Garda set in a sheltered bay surrounded by gentle hills. The lovely setting amongst olive groves, vineyards and cypress trees gives the resort a very relaxed feel even though it’s a bustling and vibrant town.

The traffic-free promenade that lies beside the lake stretches down to Bardolino and Lazise and is lined with cafes, open-air restaurants, ice-cream parlours, bars and boutiques. It really comes to life in the evening - most of the night life is found either here or in the piazzas and streets behind it. See our restaurants and bars pages for the best places to eat and drink here.

You can catch any number of hydrofoils and ferries from the harbour to explore Lake Garda, there’s a bus service along the east coast of Lake Garda and you can catch a train from Peschiera.

Stats & FAQ

Where: East, Lake Garda

Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Verona (VRN)35.3km, 33mins
Brescia (VBS)67.7k, 55mins
Milan Malpensa (MXP)193km, 2h
Nearby towns: Torri, Bardolino, Lazise
City Excursions:Verona, Venice, Florence, Milan
Other excursions:Verona Opera, Lake Garda tour, The Dolomites, Wine Tour, Bolzano and Renon, Padua & Soave, Mantova and Parc Sigurta

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How do you pronounce Garda? “Garr-dah”

Events & Activities

There are a range of events and activities for all ages and kinds of holiday in Garda. Events include the traditional Sardine festival, which is held nearby every year to honour the fishing port this once was. The town is also well placed for day trips to Verona, which hosts a fantastic opera festival in the summer months and Bardolino which has wine festivals in May and October.

There are a brilliant range of activities both on land and water from scenic bike rides to pedal boat hire. You’ll also find plenty of attractions from ancient buildings to water parks as well as some lovely beach areas which are perfect in hot weather.

To find out more about the main events here and the different things to do in Garda, see our Events and Activities pages.

History & Culture

Steeped in history with settlements dating back to prehistoric times, there are many sites to take in whilst strolling around the quaint, cobbled, traffic-free streets. The Venetian Palace of the Captains used to be at the harbour and is now the town’s centrepiece in the main piazza. There are some fantastic legends surrounding the Rocca and local churches house ancient frescoes that are well worth a visit.

Take the coast road and visit the Villa Canossa with its beautiful lakeside garden. Keep going out on the promontory of San Vigilio to the Villa Guarienti, opened as a ‘Palace of delight’ which in later years served as an exclusive hotel for dignitaries and celebrities including Winston Churchill.

Get involved in some local culture at the traditional market and tour the Valpolicella vineyards. More information about historic attractions and Garda in the past can be found on our History page.

Best time to go

Best time to visit Garda

When is the best time to visit Garda?

Garda is great all year round, but if you’re looking for the hottest weather book a holiday in July or August and make sure to spend some time on the beaches and lakeside (the water is also warmest at this time of year). If you’re planning a really active lake and mountains experience however, these might be months to avoid. May, June and September are fantastic if you’re looking for lovely warm weather and also tend to be a bit quieter before the school holidays kick in (as this is a popular place for families) which makes these months a good time to enjoy the attractions. Read more about weather and climate in Garda here.

May usually sees warm highs of 25°C making it ideal for an early summer holiday - find out more about what Garda is like in May here.

June is perfect for a holiday with warm Italian sunshine and this is when the Bisse races begin around the lake. Click here for more information about what to expect and enjoy here in June

If you’re looking for somewhere hot to enjoy a varied family holiday, stay here in July. See climate, average temperature & rainfall charts and find out what’s great about Garda in July here.

August is the hottest month here with hot days and warm nights. Find more info about Garda in August august.

Enjoy a warm, sunny Italian getaway in September with highs of 26°C. Read more about September climate, weather and what to do at this time of year here.

October is good for active holidays because the weather is much milder than the hot summer months. Read more reasons why holidays in October are great here.

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