A good all rounder resort as well as one of the most beautiful, the town of Garda is a very popular place to stay in August. You’ll find a huge range of things to do and see here whether you prefer to soak up the culture, action or sunshine, or a little of each.
Around Garda itself there are some excellent walking and cycling routes, while waterskiing, sailing and pedalo rides are a fun way to keep cool on the water when it’s sunny. Garda has two terrific areas for swimming and sunbathing and August is a great time to enjoy the warmest water temperatures. If you’re on a family summer break in the school holidays, spend a day at the Parco Baia delle Sirene, a brilliant private beach where adults can grab a deckchair and relax with a good book while children enjoy the activity areas. Cavalla is another great beach, with a lively atmosphere as well as a small bar with live music.
Temperatures can get quite high here in August, so seek out the shade during the hottest part of the day in Garda’s vineyards, gelaterias and cafes or take the opportunity to visit the Palazzo del Capitano and Villa Albertini to immerse yourself in local history.
In August, Garda is still balmy as the day draws to a close, so you’ll enjoy evening’s out as much as the daytime; dine al fresco with drop of the local Bardolino wine and take an after dinner stroll down the promenade before heading into town to enjoy the lively nightlife. Make sure you watch the sun set over the lake at least once while you’re here and take your camera – it’s spectacular.
Well connected to further attractions, Garda is only a 5 minute drive to the lake’s wine capital of Bardolino and 10 minutes to the pretty town of Torri del Benaco. If you’re a fan of theme parks, it’s only 15 minutes in the car to Canevaworld - a great place to cool down and have lots of fun in the hot weather and not much longer to Gardaland, Italy’s most popular theme park.
Garda is one of our favourite holiday spots for August and a perfect place to stay if you want a varied Lake Garda experience, because it’s pretty much half way up the lake and has some of the best transport by bus and boat to all the other resorts. We love the buzz of people enjoying the sunshine here during the school holidays but if you think you’d prefer somewhere a bit quieter, stay in nearby Torri.