A bright and sunny sky, twittering birds and a multitude of flowers colouring the unparalleled views of Lake Garda: spring has sprung! The perfect season to enjoy a relaxing weekend and leave the daily grind behind. for a while.
There are many places to visit and activities to choose from, so it’s important to decide in advance what you want to do most. In this article, Rent Garda Lake will be sharing tips on how to spend a weekend away from home on Lake Garda in spring.
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Tips for a relaxing weekend
Take a boat trip
To admire Lake Garda from a different perspective, we suggest the boat trip that leaves from Riva del Garda. The first stop is Limone del Garda, a small bougainvillea-hued town with ancient lemon houses, from which it takes its name. The second stop is the characteristic Malcesine, where we recommend visiting the 14th-century Scaligero castle to take a step back in time. Heading to the peak of the mountain, you can enjoy a truly unique and impressive panoramic view of the lake.
Sirmione is one of the most famous and visited places on Lake Garda. From the very first steps through its picturesque streets, you will be captivated by its incredible charm: the mediaeval buildings, the tulips in spring, the breath-taking scenery, the typical Italian fashion shops.
Start your visit with a stop at the Scaligero Castle, in the heart of Sirmione: it is one of the best-preserved Italian castles, despite being built in the 12th century. After a tasty lunch in one of the splendid lakeside restaurants, continue with a visit to the Grotte di Catullo, an ancient and precious Roman villa full of frescoes from the 1st and 2nd centuries AD. Finally, indulge yourself with a relaxing wellness spa night at the Terme di Acquaria spa. Its sulphurous thermal water flowing from the depths of the underwater spring will help improve your respiratory system and skin.
Take part in a Vespa tour
Be enchanted by the breath-taking natural landscapes of Lake Garda in the saddle of a Vespa and join one of the Vespa tours organised by Rent Garda Lake. Each tour is a true voyage to discover some of the most beautiful views of the lake, all while enjoying the flavours of the local food and wine. Explore picturesque villages such as Desenzano del Garda and Valeggio sul Mincio and make a fine food tasting stopover at the Corte Fornello winery. Rent Garda Lake organizes both panoramic and enogastronomic tours, to please the most passionate Vespa enthusiasts, with 1-day-itineraries to enjoy the landscape in the saddle of the world’s most famous two-wheeler, but also to tease the more curious who, thanks to itineraries with an authentic flavour, can delight their palate with typical local cuisine.
Looking for a sportier weekend?
Walk along the Ponale road
If you want to enjoy a day of sport, surrounded by nature, we recommend a spectacular route to be covered on foot or by mountain bike. We are talking about the “Sentiero Del Ponale” track. Starting from Riva del Garda, you will walk along the lake passing in front of the historic hydroelectric power station. After less than a kilometre you will cross the Gardesana road, leaving the asphalt behind you. You will then find yourself on the beautiful Ponale gravel path, surrounded by high rocks, and proceed in the direction of Valle di Ledro. After about two kilometres, the path for pedestrians and cyclists splits, but it remains one of the most beautiful and popular routes in Europe with breath-taking views of Lake Garda.
Practice water sports
Lake Garda is well known for the variety of water sports practised on its waters, such as kitesurfing, wakeboarding, canoeing and stand-up paddling, more commonly called SUP. In late spring, the sun is high in the sky, and thanks to a practical wetsuit, you can enjoy some fun hours in the water. On the banks of the lake, you will find many sports centres offering lessons in each of these disciplines to experience unparalleled emotions.
Discover the path from Busatte to Tempesta
The Busatte – Tempesta path is one of the best known and most popular routes in the Upper Garda area. The walk winds along a ridge overlooking the lake, surrounded by thick greenery, typical of the area. To overcome the steepest points of the path, solid dark green iron steps have been built, a feature that has made this path so popular on social media. You won’t be able to resist stopping to take a selfie on the steps, with a splendid panorama of the lake behind you.
At the end of the trail, you can reach the state road to return to your starting point by taking advantage of the regular bus service or, if you prefer to end the day in touch with nature, you can return on foot by walking along a forest road that re-joins the trail.
Lake Garda in spring is a destination that offers recreational possibilities for everyone: from the most relaxing destinations to the most entertaining sports activities, you can be sure to find what you are looking for. Fully immerse your weekend in the scenery and flavours of the typical Lake Garda Food & Wine, get in the saddle and take a ride with Rent Garda Lake. Contact us now to book your first tour with us.