Do you wanna catch new feelings in 2018? Surrounded by three distinct regions – Lombardy, Trentino Alto-Adige and the Veneto, Lake Garda (Lago di Garda) is the largest lake in Italy and one of the most popular holiday destination in Europe. The name Garda comes from the town with the same name, meaning “the place of guard”. Here, you’ll enjoy a holiday full of entertainment, relaxation, authentic experiences and the special vibe of discovering new places.
Let’s take a look closer to this beautiful land surrounded by morainic hills and enclosed by mountains and discover together the most important Lake Garda attractions, what to see around this area and how you can get here.
How to get to Lake Garda
Fortunately, Lake Garda is located near the principal national and international airports, as follows: Verona International Airport (only a 30 kilometer distance), Brescia International Airport (40 kilometers) and Bergamo (80 kilometers). If you are travelling by train, you shoul know that the stations on the southern shore of Lake Garda are Desenzano and Peschiera del Garda. Trains here run almost hourly. The nearest train station to the northern area of the lake is Rovereto.
From Desenzano’s train station, you can also take the bus to Sirmione, which takes about 30 minutes. In the summer, buses tend to be more frequent, so every tourist can go wherever he wants.
Lake Garda weather – When to go
The water of the Lake is colder than the air in summer and warmer in winter. This strongly contributes to mitigating the summer heat and harsh winter, thus rendering the Garda climate incredibly mild and temperate.
The Garda area boasts all the characteristics of a “pre-alpine zero-thermal oasis”. It is a sub-Mediterranean climate, so mild and different from the other lakes that it can be defined as the “Benaco climate”. The average winter temperature varies between 12° and 18°C and in summer between 24° and 30°C.
The Lake is swept by high-altitude mountain winds that can be quite intense. There are two major winds: the “Pelér” blows from north to south in the morning when the tepid air of the lake rises and gets air from the Valle del Sarca; while the “Ora” blows from the south in the afternoon: it is a lake wind that moves the cool air to the mountains that are warmed up by the daily sunlight. Many other secondary winds accompany these two: the powerful “Bali” or “Balinot” that blows from Passo Ballino above Riva; the “Vinessa” that comes from east and is considered an extension of the “Bora” of Trieste; the “Ander” from the north; the “Gardesana”, a chilly and strong breeze that mitigates the summer heat; the “Ponale” that comes from the Valle di Ledro, from the west, and that blows in the evening or at night – sometimes even in the morning. Several other breezes take on different names depending on the area.
In May, as the temperature in Lake Garda, northern Italy really begins to warm up it becomes a popular tourist destination for both sightseeing and a full range of outdoor activities.
With average mountain temperatures of 17°C (63°F) the area’s outdoor sports like hiking, mountain biking, sailing and windsurfing really begin to take off for the summer season. Those looking for an adventure holiday at the lake, or even warm weather to explore the Roman ruins and beautiful lake-side villages and towns, can expect average highs at this time of year of 22°C (71.6°F) and lows of a mild 12°C (54°F). The temperatures tend to climb throughout the month with the highest average daily temperatures being recorded towards the end of the month, from around 21°C, making this an ideal time to travel. In fact, this month the temperature is rising across northern Italy with Milan experiencing average temperatures of 15°C (59°F).