A wonderful time at lake Garda in June 2020. The lake has never seemed so lonely as in these days. Little tourism, lots of locals – it couldn’t be better! Peace and quiet, relaxation, unwinding, enjoying beautiful sunsets and you can also be totally spoilt in terms of cuisine…
Of course, I also have a few tips for you:
Shopping: the weekly markets around Lake Lago are great for browsing and bargain hunting. Whether you want to buy knives, shoes, clothes, Parmesan cheese or leather goods – you’ll definitely find what you’re looking for at the markets. Just take a look at when and where the Mercati sul Logo di Garda is taking place. It’s best to plan a visit for the morning, because the markets close at around 1/14 pm. Just a little tip!
Sightseeing: & Culinary: You should definitely plan a visit to Bardolino, Lazise, Peschiera del Garda and Limone.
In Bardolino you can stroll along the harbour and watch the boats arriving and departing. And if you want to enjoy a sprizz in the sun in the middle of the old town of Bardolino, I recommend the Asso Bar. Cristiano, the owner of the bar, can offer you up to 300 different types of beer and for me he always has a Campari Sprizz with a few snacks ready.
The old town of Lazise is also a must-see. For breakfast, I recommend La Cremeria di Lazise. The croissants are delicious and so is the espresso. There you can enjoy the first rays of sunshine in the morning, even if it’s already autumn and the sun is a little lower on the horizon. And don’t forget to try the tiramisu at the Cremeria – it’s always worth a sin! And all the little shops in the tiny alleys are great for shopping – you can find a bargain or two there. And last but not least: one of my favourite places to enjoy a sprizz in the sun and the gorgeous sunsets is the Kuyaba Beach Bar. I could spend hours there looking out over the lake.
If you then head a little further south, you’ll come to the small town of Peschiera del Garda. There you can enjoy a lovely dinner in one of the many restaurants on the edge of the lagoon.
A trip to Sirmione is also worthwhile. On the way there, you can stop off at the Caffetteria Pasticceria La Fenice. Enjoy the best tartlets in town with an espresso right on the waterfront with a sensational view over the lake before heading straight into the colourful hustle and bustle of Sirmione’s old town. Narrow alleys, many small boutiques, cafés and restaurants, the most fantastic and unusual ice cream varieties on every corner and, last but not least, the Castello Scaligero, which lies in a large harbour basin and a ring wall that separates the town from the mainland. An insider tip: the best gelato al pistacchio can be found just outside the city centre at Gelateria Eurobar. Don’t miss it!
Boat trip: We definitely recommend taking a boat out onto the lake. There you can admire the Isola del Garda with its large grounds, the Villa Borghese. And of course you can enjoy the fantastic panorama with the mountains in the background from the lake. We recommend the boat rental in Cesano. You can park there and it’s not too far to the lake on foot.
An early morning run around the lake and a daily dip in the water should also be on your agenda. Because without some exercise, you can only enjoy all the delicacies half as much.
See you next time, lake Garda!