This charming medieval town with its picturesque coloured little houses and winding old town streets leading to a stylish tree lined waters edge filled with gelatarias and pavement cafes
The old fishing town of Garda town is situated on the south eastern shore of Lake Garda. No longer a sleepy port, this buzzing town offers a spectacular bay area, set against a stunning backdrop of rolling green hills and terraced vineyards. The wide, traffic-free, lakeside promenade lined with restaurants and chic boutiques, is one of the main draws of this town and buzzing with activity day and night. There is also a small pebble beach, perfect for cooling off.
This lively little town is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing holiday and a fantastic base to explore the surrounding lakeside resorts and towns, as well as nearby Verona. It is also not far from the theme parks of Gardaland, Movieland and Aqua Paradise Park.
What to do
One of the main attractions in Garda is its spectacular promenade. Lined with bars restaurants and shops this is the perfect place to drink eat and shop. Or simply relax and watch the world go by. Every Friday morning the promenade is taken over by a lively street market selling everything from clothes, jewellery and handbags to leather goods and porcelain ornament. Perfect for picking up a souvenir to take home.
The promenade leads south from Garda to Bardolino (3km) and Lasize (8km) It is flat and paved the entire way, so perfect for walking, biking or pushchairs. And although it may sound a long way, you'll find plenty of bars dotted along the way to stop and cool off with a drink while taking in the view.
Just a few minutes walk from Garda town you'll find the popular Cavalla beach. Ideal for families and children, this beach offers crystal clear waters, plenty of deck chairs for hire and a resident beach bar with live music.
Where to eat
Garda has no shortage of dining options; enjoy one of the many lakeside restaurants offering spectacular views or head further back into town to discover hidden gems.
For local cuisine try the ever-popular Osteria Caffe Amaro. This unpretentious family run restaurant offers an adventurous menu of local produce as well as more traditional choices, vegetarian options and homemade pasta. All home cooked to the highest of standards. A favourite with locals and tourists alike
For delicious seafood, in a beautiful lakeside setting, head to Osteria al Porto. This restaurant is always buzzing with locals and tourists sitting in closely packed tables, enjoying the freshest of seafood, generous portions and reasonable prices.
The best ice creams in Garda can be found at Gelataria Pasticceria Bullio. Although slightly out of the main town, it's definitely worth the trip. They offer a huge selection of interesting and adventurous flavours, large scoops, and very reasonable prices.
For a lively drink at the end of the day head to Antiua Bodeguita Trezza. Its prime location right by the harbour makes this the perfect spot for people watching. Enjoy the live street music performed right outside as you watch the world go by over a cooling drink.
How to get there
Garda's location in the south east of the lake makes it easily accessible via the main North South motorway route as well as south west motorway route between Milan and Venice
The nearest train station is at Peschiera (17km) From there local buses, a short taxi ride or the ferry will take you into town.
The nearest airports can be found at Verona (27km) Brescia (58km) Bergamo (103km) Venice Marco Polo (159km) Venice Treviso (165km) and Milan (152km and 192km)
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