Lake Garda

Antoinette O'Connor on 02 June 2014

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I went on a trip to Lake Garda on the 28th April 2014. Our first stop was in the town of Desenzano. This is a lovely town with winding streets from the lake shore to the small fortress the Castello. There are a lot of restaurants and café – bars, I loved that you can get the boat from here to other villages around the lake.

The next town we travelled to was Sirmione. This town is on the southern shore, a medieval town with cobblestoned street and lovely pavement cafes and shops. It is best known for its wellness centres but there seemed to be a lot of nightlife in this resort too.

Our next visit was to Malcisine. This is an enchanting little town on the eastern shore of Lake Garda. It also has narrow cobbled streets throughout the town, the harbour is beautiful and surrounded by restaurants, cafés and shops. The town has a rotating cable car which slowly spins as it ascends to the top of Mount Baldo. There are great views of the lake and mountains which had snow on the top. It is incredible to see the beautiful blue sky and the snow-capped mountains.

Rivia was my favourite resort; this resort is at the lakes north-west tip. The promenade is lined with colourful pizzerias and ice cream parlours. We stopped at some of the pavement cafes and I noticed there were a lot of restaurants and bars to choose from. Riva is also known for its water sports. There seemed to be a lot happening here with sailing, jet skiing and surfing if you like an active holiday.

I loved my trip to Lake Garda. It has the unspoilt towns and villages, the beautiful lake and view of the snow-capped mountains. I found the towns and villages easily accessible by boat or road. Each town had a unique character and beauty and offered so much to the tourist; the people were warm and friendly. There is also the option to visit Verona or Venice.

We were pressed for time so we decided to choose Verona. This city is the home of the famous Verona Opera and the amphitheatre is a wonderful experience whether you love music or not. The minute you enter it you are taken back in time. The cafes and shops and the visit to the balcony of Romeo and Juliet are a must. The opportunity to put your name on the wall and know it will always be there is a great feeling.

Lake Garda is for everyone whether a family who wants an action packed campsite based holiday or looking for excellent 3, 4 or 5 star hotels. They cater for everyone in this beautiful part of Italy.

If you would like a non-commercialised holiday with beautiful scenery and warm and friendly people you will love Lake Garda.

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