A Mediterranean atmosphere in the mountains
From beaches to paths surrounded by greenery: six experiences that will make you feel great
SUMMER 2020 – In Trentino, you can feel Lake Garda even before you see it. Close your eyes as you are approaching Riva del Garda, Arco or Torbole sul Garda and take a deep breath. Carried on the gentle breeze will be the aroma of olive trees, which you might be surprised to find nestled up here in the mountains at such a great distance from the sea.
One of the secrets to the Trentino side of Lake Garda lies in its Mediterranean microclimate, which contrasts magnificently with the fjord-like appearance of the towering walls of rock on either side of the water. This breathtaking blend is at the heart of a wealth of landscapes, fragrances and experiences. In the morning, take your pick from a range of beaches with great facilities. Relax on pebbles or soft grass by the shore and take a refreshing dip to cool down. All of the beaches are supervised, safe and spacious, making them ideal for children. In the afternoon, go for a ride along a cycle path or a walk along a mountain trail.
There are plenty of ways to find a fresh sense of physical and mental well-being during a holiday by Lake Garda. The mild yet cool climate is bound to put you in a good mood, while your body can benefit from both exercise and great food, thus ensuring that you are ready for more of the experiences that we would like to recommend.
Revel in refreshing sport on the lake
Sailing and windsurfing enthusiasts from all over Europe flock to Lake Garda to make the most of the winds that blow constantly on the water, such as the Ora. However, we recommend that you try stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). As well as helping you to unwind and get some gentle exercise, it is a marvellous way to explore the lake and get to the Ponale waterfall: a natural wonder that is only accessible by water.
Feel great after a bike ride
Cycling is a wonderful way to stay in shape and it never fails to raise the spirits: what could be better than the feeling of the wind blowing through your hair as you up the pace a little? In the Lake Garda area there are cycling routes to suit people of all standards and ages, as well as bikes of all kinds, including e-bikes: from flat cycle paths to routes with big slopes, not to mention downhill and freeride trails for expert mountain bikers.
Breathe the mountain air
Spend your mornings on the beach topping up your vitamin D and your afternoons in the mountains breathing in the fresh woodland air. Between the Lake Garda area and the Valle di Ledro, you will find more than 600 km of paths that are suitable for hikers of all kinds. They range from easy routes (on which it is nonetheless best to wear appropriate footwear) to more challenging trails for which you will need rucksacks and hiking boots. They all have stunning views of the lake. If you really get into it, check out the Gardatrek routes: each one takes a number of days, with overnight stays in mountain huts.
While walking in the woods is good for the body, exploring the local villages does wonders for the spirit. On a hill in the Alpi Ledrensi e Judicaria UNESCO Biosphere Reserve near Lake Garda, you will find the medieval village of Canale di Tenno. It has been named one of the most beautiful villages in Italy by the Borghi Più Belli d’Italia association due to its narrow streets, porticoes, balconies full of flowers and panoramic views of the lake. Have a glass of wine at the osteria on the square and then go for a walk to Lake Tenno, which is famous for its turquoise water.
Take it steady and enjoy the Dolce Vita
One of the keys to individual well-being is taking your time over things and really savouring the little pleasures in life. For example, you could watch the sunset from the little harbour of Riva del Garda with a glass of chilled, sparkling Trentodoc wine. Or you could take a stroll through the streets of the old town centre, slowly wandering from one shop to another before you savour the culinary delights of Garda at dinnertime.
Cuisine that blends the lake and the mountains
The dishes served in the Lake Garda area bring out the best of the gentle contrast between the lake atmosphere and rich mountain aromas. They range from fish caught in the lake to thin slices of soft, light carne salada (salt beef) complemented by local extra virgin olive oil, from the northernmost olive groves in the world. Round off your meal with a glass of Vino Santo: a type of raisin wine that is a real must in this part of the world and is protected under the Slow Food Presidia scheme.