Desenzano del Garda
Desenzano del Garda, Lake Garda, Italy
Desenzano del Garda is the largest town on Lake Garda situated on the southern shore of Lake Garda. The town offers a number of shops, hotels, bars and restaurants and is one of the few resorts to be on the main railway line with direct access to Milan, Verona and Venice.
Desenzano del Garda
The old town has pleasant winding streets leading up to the town’s castle and down to the lake shore, where there is a small peaceful harbour lined with cafe-bars, a larger marina is situated beyond this protected by an imposing harbour wall.Read more about: Things To Do | Out and About | Desenzano del Garda Reviews
Things To Do
For those seeking an active holiday Lake Garda is ideal, there are plenty of land and water sports available all around the lake. Sailing schools, dives centres and tennis courts are easily found, while waterskiing and jet-skis are only available in the south area of the lake where it’s wider and calmer and more suitable for these activities.
The southern end of Lake Garda is home to a number of challenging golf courses, most of which are within easy reach of the holiday resorts.
Rock climbing is a popular activity at the more mountainous north end of the lake in particular the town of Arco, with surrounding 2000 metre high mountains and over 2000 climbing routes its ideal for the advanced climbers, while training walls offer a great place to learn.
Out and About
The town is situated on the main railway line with direct trains to Verona, Milan and Venice. The train also stops at the lakeside town of Peschiera del Garda, one of the most characteristic towns of Lake Garda.
Whilst driving around Lake Garda is possible, narrow windy roads and limited parking spaces mean it’s not the easiest, the simplest option is across the water. There are a number of choices available; car ferry, the slowest option; hydrofoil, the quickest; motorised catamaran; and paddle steamer, though limited towns are covered, the paddle steamer is an ideal choice for a more leisurely journey.
The towns and villages around the lake offer an abundance of cafes, restaurants and ice-cream parlours; good shopping opportunities too, where the larger the town the more shops and greater variety you’ll find. Most of the towns around the lake have a weekly market, and well worth a browse for the wide selection available; Desenzano del Garda market takes place on Tuesdays
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