Cheap Holidays to Lake Garda

Lake Garda is located in the north-east of Italy, dividing the regions of Lombardy, the Veneto and Trentino Alto-Adige. The large lake is long and slim, stretching from north to south.

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Map of Lake Garda

Map of where Lake Garda is located in the world
Map view of Lake Garda in Italy
Close up map view of Lake Garda

How Hot?

The weather in Lake Garda is pleasant all year round with the lake acting like a solar panel, storing heat in the summer and releasing it in the winter which keeps conditions mild.

The average temperature in the summer months is 28ºC (82ºF) although temperatures can sometimes rise above 30ºC (86ºF) which can make it quite uncomfortable. The average temperature between December and February is 7ºC (45ºF) and with approx 4 hrs of sunshine so there is quite a difference from the summer months.

Rainfall is at it's maximum in spring and late autumn so it is advisable to take an umbrella to ensure you don't get caught out. It is also possible to get snow at the height of winter but it is more likely as you move up to higher ground.

Out and About

Lake Garda is the largest of the Italian Lakes and cannot be beaten in terms of spectacular scenery. Lake Garda is home to enchanting towns such as the ancient Roman town of Sirmione where you can see a fantastic castle, the Caves of Catullo and a pampering thermal spa.

One of the best ways to see the fantastic scenery is to take the picturesque cable car from Malcesine up to Monte Baldo. The cable car is unique as the upper section in the cabin slowly rotates, offering some fantastic views all over Lake Garda. The abundance of mountains means the area is a haven for hiking and Monte Baldo is popular for skiing in winter.

Day trips from Lake Garda to Verona, Milan and Venice are easy as there are direct train routes from Peschiera. A trip to Verona is not complete without a visit to the famous arena which is host to the celebrated open air Opera season and attracts over 22,000 spectators. Venice is full of Gothic Palaces, intimate art galleries and opera houses and with so much history and culture it is worth a visit.

Another worthwhile trip is the town of Desenzano del Garda which has some pleasant winding historic streets between the town's castle on it's hill and the lakeshore below. There is a peaceful little harbour with many little cafes which are just perfect for some light refreshments. The town is also popular among partying northern Italians who flock here on a Saturday night to eat, drink and parade in the streets before partying the night away in the local clubs.

For a fun, family day out, why not visit Gardaland which is one of Europe's largest theme parks and provides thrills and spills for all the family. There is also a waterpark, safari park and Movieland park so there will never be a dull moment.

Out for Lunch!

Lake Garda is known for its locally grown food or taken from the lake. The cuisine is prepared with great quality food and fresh ingredients taken from the local area. There are various towns on the lake and each has a different way of preparing dishes. One of the most popular dishes on the Lake is fresh sun dried fish. If its pizza and pasta you love then you're in luck. Lake Garda offers over 500 varieties of pasta. The food on the Lake has a big German and Italian influence to it.

Restaurants are found everywhere, whatever town or village you visit you will never be short of choice. Cafes, bistros and ice-cream parlours are also a big hit in Lake Garda. To discover the real cuisine travel slightly out of the way of the town and village centres. This will take you into the more residential areas where there are local restaurants offering a good variety of traditional food to try out.

Quick Facts

Flight Time - From Manchester 2 hrs 10 mins, From London 2 hrs, From Glasgow 2 hrs

Currency - Euro

Nightlife - Restaurants, Bars and Cafes - mixed

Best Time to Visit April to October with July, August being the warmest months

Top Hotels In Lake Garda

Here's a list of our top accommodations in Lake Garda, ranked by our customer ratings and reviews.

Mayer & Splendid Hotel Photo of Mayer & Splendid Hotel
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Desenzano del Garda
The Mayer E Splendid Hotel is a classic and historical structure dating back from 1630 perfect for the holiday maker looking for that bit of class....

5 / 5 from 1 reviews

Grand Resort Du Lac and Du Parc Photo of Grand Resort Du Lac and Du Parc
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Riva del Garda
The Du Lac and Du Parc Hotel is set directly on Lake Garda and features indoor and outdoor swimming pools....

5 / 5 from 1 reviews

Europa Desenzano Hotel Photo of Europa Desenzano Hotel
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Desenzano del Garda
With great views of the magnificent lake and easy access to surrounding towns, the Europa Desenzano Hotel is a great base for a stay in Lake Garda....

5 / 5 from 1 reviews

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Riva del Garda
Relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of lemon and olive groves, palm trees, mountains and beaches. ...

4.3 / 5 from 3 reviews

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Sirmione
Modern and attractive hotel which is popular with those looking for friendly and warm hospitality, great service and a nice scenic location....

3 / 5 from 1 reviews

Savoy Palace Hotel Riva Del Garda Photo of Savoy Palace Hotel Riva Del Garda
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Riva del Garda
The Savoy Palace offers a relaxed atmosphere with an ideal location for the main resort. Extensive gardens and a host of facilities are on offer....

5 / 5 from 1 reviews

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Bardolino
The Parc Hotel Gritti is in an excellent location and offers a range of high quality services, which makes the hotel a perfect choice for a relaxing and exclusive holiday. Please note, this hotel i...

4 / 5 from 3 reviews

Ville Montefiori Hotel Photo of Ville Montefiori Hotel
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Gardone Riviera
Classically styled and in private gardens, the Ville Montefiori Hotel provides a great base for enjoying the lakes, and with both indoor and outdoor pools its also a great choice at any time of year....

4 / 5 from 1 reviews

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Riva del Garda
The Lido Palace Hotel is a 5 star hotel set within extensive grounds on the edge of Lake Garda....

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Riva del Garda
The Antico Borgo Hotel is located in the pedestrian centre in the heart of the Riva del Garda with local attractions close by....

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