Join A Secret Italy

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR FREE EZINE 

Welcome to Garda Town

Garda Town is situated on a magnificent bay surrounded by lush green hills. 

Being located halfway up the eastern shore, makes it simply perfect for exploring the mountainous northern shores of the lake as well as the southern lake towns and the wine regions to the east. The incredible Madonna della Corona is not far away either.

A short drive away is Gardaland, a paradise for bored children and Italy’s biggest theme park.

Madonna della CoronaMadonna della Corona

Staying in Garda Town

Perfect is the Hotel Benaco which is well run with friendly efficient staff and a helpful owner who ensures everything is spotlessly clean and will help with any advice you may need. The hotel is right in the heart of town and rates are excellent.

Not to be Missed

Enjoy the promenade which is one of the best of any Garda town. The restaurants and bars along here are a hive of activity, day and night, during the summer. This is the place to people watch while enjoying an extraordinarily beautiful setting.

The bay and the lush hills, remind my hubby of a miniature Rio, especially after he has had a few drinks.

There is a fairly decent beach (visit our Garda beach guide for more on the beaches) and the old town is a pleasant place to wander. You might find the occasional bargain too but most of the shops tend to be on the expensive side.

If you appreciate the historical then visit the Santa Maria Maggiore Church in the old town.

Take a trip along to Punta San Vigilio which is just to the east of town. Set at the end of a promontory at the base of Monte Baldo and with stunning views across the bay this is one of the loveliest spots on the lake and there is a good shingle beach here too.

If you fancy a game of golf then the championship golf course above the town offers a challenging course and some breath-taking views over Lake Garda.

When to Visit

Anytime from May to September is great although July and August can get a bit crowded. For more on Lake Garda’s weather and the best months to visit click here.


You'll Enjoy These...

  • Magical Peschiera del Garda - one of the loveliest places to stay at on Lake Garda.  Long summer evenings, piazzas filled with families, laughter and...

    Peschiera del Garda & Lake Garda

    Magical Peschiera del Garda - one of the loveliest places to stay at on Lake Garda. Long summer evenings, piazzas filled with families, laughter and...

  • After years living in Veneto & eating at many a restaurant in the Veneto we have compiled our selection of the best Veneto, Venice and Garda restaurant choices.

    The Best Lake Garda Restaurant?

    After years living in Veneto & eating at many a restaurant in the Veneto we have compiled our selection of the best Veneto, Venice and Garda restaurant choices.

  • Need a romantic getaway? Looking for a family holiday? Whatever you want Lake Garda has something suited to you. Let me share its secrets...

    Lake Garda: Maps, Beaches, Restaurants and much more.

    Need a romantic getaway? Looking for a family holiday? Whatever you want Lake Garda has something suited to you. Let me share its secrets...

  • Gardaland is one of the top theme parks in Europe. Our guide has everything you need to know about the park. From where to stay through to the best rides.

    Gardaland - Italy's Best Theme Park

    Gardaland is one of the top theme parks in Europe. Our guide has everything you need to know about the park. From where to stay through to the best rides.

  • What a lovely place Sirmione is with so much to see. Narrow lanes lined with flower covered cottages lead down to the lake shore.

    The Dreamy Village of Sirmione

    What a lovely place Sirmione is with so much to see. Narrow lanes lined with flower covered cottages lead down to the lake shore.

  • Desenzano del Garda offers the best nightlife on Garda, great shopping, excellent restaurants and  good hotels.

    The Desenzano del Garda Travel Guide

    Desenzano del Garda offers the best nightlife on Garda, great shopping, excellent restaurants and good hotels.

  • Boat is the best way to get around Lake Garda. It can be the quickest way too but my advice is rather not to rush. Our Garda boat and travel guide is...

    Lake Garda Boat and Travel Guide

    Boat is the best way to get around Lake Garda. It can be the quickest way too but my advice is rather not to rush. Our Garda boat and travel guide is...

  • Give the gift of love straight from Italy -  the land of amore. Have you experienced a summer in Italy? We've a way for you to bring that joy home with you...

    Summer in Italy... All Year Round

    Give the gift of love straight from Italy - the land of amore. Have you experienced a summer in Italy? We've a way for you to bring that joy home with you...

  • Sirmione is an absolutely exquisite little jewel and far too good to miss. No holiday on Lake Garda should exclude a visit. What to see? Well be sure you visit…

    Holiday on Lake Garda - Sirmione

    Sirmione is an absolutely exquisite little jewel and far too good to miss. No holiday on Lake Garda should exclude a visit. What to see? Well be sure you visit…

  • Going to Lake Garda? Well you need to know when to go and the The Lake Garda Weather guide is the answer. Not only the weather but ALL the secrets shared...

    The Lake Garda Weather Guide

    Going to Lake Garda? Well you need to know when to go and the The Lake Garda Weather guide is the answer. Not only the weather but ALL the secrets shared...

  • One of the best Lake Garda restaurants, even though haunted. The Ristorante La Casa degli Spirit is perfect if you are looking to eat really well... in the company of a friendly10th century ghost.

    Haunted Lake Garda Restaurants

    One of the best Lake Garda restaurants, even though haunted. The Ristorante La Casa degli Spirit is perfect if you are looking to eat really well... in the company of a friendly10th century ghost.

  • When it comes to visiting Lake Garda it is often hard to decide where is best.  However, there are a handful of towns I can recommend and Peschiera is near top of the list.

    Discover Peschiera del Garda

    When it comes to visiting Lake Garda it is often hard to decide where is best. However, there are a handful of towns I can recommend and Peschiera is near top of the list.

  • Utterly charming is the only way to describe Malcesine, perhaps the best Lake Garda town.

    Is Malcesine the Best Lake Garda Town?

    Utterly charming is the only way to describe Malcesine, perhaps the best Lake Garda town.

  • Maria and family spend a lot of time in Lazise, on the shores of Lake Garda, and would like to share the beauty and secrets of the town with you...

    Enchanting Lazise

    Maria and family spend a lot of time in Lazise, on the shores of Lake Garda, and would like to share the beauty and secrets of the town with you...

  • A collection of great photos and all the information you will ever need on planning a visit to Lake Garda and the Veneto.

    Incredible Photos of Lake Garda

    A collection of great photos and all the information you will ever need on planning a visit to Lake Garda and the Veneto.

  • The Lake Garda Holiday Guide is full of information on this spectacular lake. Everything you need is here. From where to stay through to the best towns, beaches.

    The Lake Garda Holiday Guide

    The Lake Garda Holiday Guide is full of information on this spectacular lake. Everything you need is here. From where to stay through to the best towns, beaches.

  • Breathtaking Torbole sul Garda has prime position on Lake Garda. Surrounded by huge mountain peaks it is hard not to fall in love at first sight.

    Torbole sul Garda - Love at First Sight

    Breathtaking Torbole sul Garda has prime position on Lake Garda. Surrounded by huge mountain peaks it is hard not to fall in love at first sight.

  • Visiting Lake Garda? Then our map of Lake Garda and our Lake Garda travel secrets guide will be more than useful.

    Map of Lake Garda, the Veneto, Venice Italy and Verona

    Visiting Lake Garda? Then our map of Lake Garda and our Lake Garda travel secrets guide will be more than useful.

  • Soaring mountain spires, Alleghe Lake calming in cornflower blue and wooden houses welcoming you with impossibly overflowing window boxes and balconies of flowers.

    Alleghe Lake & Town - Stuff of Fairytales

    Soaring mountain spires, Alleghe Lake calming in cornflower blue and wooden houses welcoming you with impossibly overflowing window boxes and balconies of flowers.

  • Discover the best beach on Lake Garda, ranging from sandy to shingle, we have them all and a lot of other stunning Italian beaches too.

    The Best Beach on Lake Garda

    Discover the best beach on Lake Garda, ranging from sandy to shingle, we have them all and a lot of other stunning Italian beaches too.

  • Need a good Lake Garda hotel? Here is our carefully selected choice of the best hotels around Lake Garda

    The Good Lake Garda Hotel Guide - Personally Selected

    Need a good Lake Garda hotel? Here is our carefully selected choice of the best hotels around Lake Garda

Please Book with Us...

Maria here, if you enjoy my site I'd love your support.

Simply book your next trip anywhere (not only to Italy) via the link below or with any of the hotel links on the website.

You'll get the best deal available and the income I receive helps me to remain independent and to keep bringing you more of beautiful Italy.

Click to Begin

More Travel Tips:

  1. Book your tickets to museums and other attractions of the city in advance on Tiqets.com
  2. Book your accommodation. Booking.com and Agoda both help you to book accommodation in advance and check availability on the days of your travels
  3. Book your excursions. Wherever you go, make the most of your time! Excursions with professional guides will help you do this - choose a location and the best option for yourself on Viator or Getyourguide
  4. Book your car. At least a month before is best. Use Discover Car Hire.
  5. Cash Back on Flights: Great deals & money back with WayAway

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.