Riva del Garda
Riva del Garda, Lake Garda, Italy
Riva del Garda, also known simply as Riva, is one of the larger towns on Lake Garda and is set on the lake’s northern corner.
Riva del Garda
There are two harbours and a paddle-boat centre in Riva, making it an ideal choice for enjoying watersports with easy access to the ferry services to the different towns around Lake Garda.Read more about: The Beach | Things To Do | Out and About | Nearby Attractions | Riva del Garda Reviews
There are three beaches in Riva, found to the east of the harbour;
Sabbioni Beach is made of pebbles with grass areas and facilities include a bar, showers, canoe hire, a floating platform, basketball court and a playground with trampolines and sand pits.
Pini Beach is pebbly with a large grass area, a bar, showers, a small playground with sand pit and a floating platform. It also has a dedicated area for windsurfers.
Miralago Beach is a small pebbly beach with an offshore platform.
Things To Do
Lake Garda is ideal for enjoying land and water sports; with plenty of options available all around the lake, where there are many sailing schools, dives centres and tennis courts to be found. Waterskiing and jet-skis are only available in the south area of the lake where it’s wider and calmer and better suited 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.
Windsurfing is another activity more popular at the north end of the lake, due to the reliable winds. The town of Torbole has played host to many major championships and cater very much for surfers.
Out and About
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 by boat. 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. Many of the towns around the lake have a weekly market, and well worth a browse for the wide selection available.
Gardaland theme park at the southern end of the lake, just outside the town of Peschiera, is a popular place for families, with lots to do there’s thrilling rides, fun water rides, play areas, shows, and lots of eateries.
Canevaworld Resort found just a little further north up the road from Gardaland, consists of two theme parks; Aqua Paradise Park a water-park with plenty of water-rides and slides, beaches and pools and, Movieland Studios a theme park with rides and shows; as well as a Medieval Times Restaurant and Show.
The city of Verona is close enough for a day-trip from Lake Garda, it’s a great city to wander around by foot and discover its many historical buildings such as the ancient Roman amphitheatre and Juliet’s balcony.
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