In a land of lemon and olive groves, Lake Garda holidays are all about harbour hopping to enchanting castles and storybook villages

Around Lake Garda, blanched green olive groves dot the hillsides and sailboats jangle against each other on glassy blue waters as the promenade springs to life. We love that first glimpse of the magnificent neo-Gothic Venetian villa on Isola del Garda, the rotating cable car ride from Malcesine to the top of Mount Baldo and enchanting ambles through Limone’s lemon groves, gelato in hand.

There’s no better way to enjoy holidays to Lake Garda than to choose your hotel (wellbeing resort, opulent villa or classic luxury) and then harbour hop or drive your days away to ancient fishing villages and medieval towns. South of the lake, Sirmione sizzles with storybook beauty that’s been written about for years. The Romans were a smart bunch, settling here for the lake’s therapeutic mineral waters, and in spa centres along Lake Garda those thermal baths and spring waters can still be enjoyed. Jump on board your boat towards the jagged north-end where hardy adventurists windsurf, kayak and hike the mountains or retreat to hillside wine routes for a taste of Bardolino reds.

We’ve seen the swans that now guard the fairytale 13th-Century Castello Scaliger from the de facto moat and know the 1st-Century ruins of Grotte di Catullo so well that we can tell you the best look-out points for those spectacular views. For a taste of la dolce vita, give one of our Personal Travel Experts a call and we’ll help craft your perfect Lake Garda holiday.

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