One of Lake Garda’s oldest resorts, Riva offers a brilliant combination of history, culture, water-sports and proper summer holiday relaxation. If you’re looking for a Lake Garda holiday in August but don’t want to feel the full heat of the summer, you’ll want to consider the northern resorts which receive a cooling breeze, and you can’t get more north on Lake Garda than Riva.
Riva can still get quite hot in August but sampling its history and culture is a great thing to do during the hottest part of the day. You can visit the convent of Saint Francis of Assisi and take a look around the Museum of Riva del Garda, as well as wander around inside the walls of emblematic Il Bastione. On the odd day when it’s really hot in Riva, seek out the shade under the trees in the Archducal Park, or eat ice cream under a lakeside canopy. The town also has some great shops, cafes and gelaterias set back from the water, where you can walk off a lazy lunch in shaded streets and cool courtyards.
Riva is fantastic if you want an active holiday in the warmest summer months, as its windy climate makes cycling and hiking much more enjoyable in hot weather, not to mention the windsurfing here which is widely regarded as some of the best in Europe. For a great walk or bike ride, visit the Parco Grotta Cascata Varone where you can see Riva’s stunning waterfall – the routes are mainly shaded under the trees and there is a picnic area and restaurant if you want to make a day of it. In terms of water sports, Riva is the perfect place to windsurf, kitesurf and sail whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro’.
If you’re more of a spectator, various sailing, windsurfing and cycling championships take place throughout the summer and you can enjoy the everyday action on the water from one of Riva’s beaches. Sabbioni is is a large pebble beach with an absolutely stunning view of the mountains and lots of space for soaking up the sunshine as well as shady areas under the trees for the hotter parts of the day. The clear water is great for swimming in and it even has a slide in the summer months. There’s a grassy area for more comfortable sunbathing and also a children’s playground making it ideal if you’re staying with the family during the school holidays. For a more lively beach vibe, go to the Pines beach which has a bar and music.
Riva’s bustling town atmosphere is fantastic in the summer months and its warm, breezy climate makes it one of our favourite places to stay in August. If you’d rather stay somewhere hotter, try Desenzano or for a quieter Lake Garda resort, stay in Maderno.