Each resort has its own individual character and atmosphere, set in stunning scenery, and access to the other fantastic lakeside villages by frequent boat and hydrofoil services.
So how do you decide where to go? Here's a few pointers in a nutshell - see more details below.
For a spectacular lake location, Sirmione and Torri del Benaco are all must sees and stays.>
For bustling Italian atmosphere and local colour, Salo or Riva, are both busy little Italian towns as well as resorts.
For transport infrastucture and independent excursions, Peschiera or Desenzano are both towns with their own train station for Venice or Verona.
For good walking trails, try Limone or Malcesine with its cable car up Monte Baldo.
For calm and relaxation, Gardone Riviera offers the elegant Hotel Grand.
For a tour to take in more than one resort, try our North Italian Highlights Tour showing the contrast between the North and the South of Lake Garda.
Still can't decide? Read more or search for holidays on the resort pages linked below.
An attractive, lively town on the south-eastern shore of Lake Garda with a pretty harbour. The traffic free centre offer good bars and cafés, excellent restaurants, smart shops and often live music.
|On the southern shore of Lake Garda with the vibrant atmosphere of a traditional Italian town. It's fun, lively and lovely to look at with a beautiful view of the Alps and three large beaches.|
On the Eastern shore of Lake Garda where the lake broadens and the scenery becomes gentle with a backdrop of hills covered by olive groves, cypress trees and the famous Valpolicella vineyards.
On the Western shores of the lake, this peaceful, relaxed area is known for its fantastic scenery, mild climate and exotic vegetation. Nearby Hruska Botanical Gardens has over 2000 species of trees and sub tropical shrubs.
Nestling alongside lemon groves beneath the cliffs of the north western shore of Lake Garda, Limone is a picture postcard resort, one of the prettiest Italian lakeland resorts. Wander the old cobbled streets of interesting shops or stroll along the lakeside promenade in the evening.
On the north-eastern shores, this lovely town tumbles picturesquely down cobbled streets to the crystal water's edge, overlooked on a sheer rock face by the magnificent 13th century castle. The cable car to the top of Monte Baldo offers stunning views and opens up a walker's paradise.
Dramatically situated on the mountainous northern tip of the lake, Riva boasts superb scenery, elegant parks and a long lakeside promenade. Riva has many fine buildings, especially around the colourful Piazza, and the fantastic 12th Century La Rocca castle, which dominates the waterfront
Situated at the southernmost point of Lake Garda where the waters flow southwards to form the River Mincio, this striking medieval town with sturdy stone walls that fortify the river borders of the Old Town has a delightful harbour and pedestrianised centre, 2 beaches 10 minutes from the centre, is convenient for city visits to Milan and Venice direct from the train station and, for families, Gardaland and Caneva theme parks are just a short bus ride away.
Locals treat Salo as the capital of the western shore of Lake Garda and is fairly unspoiled with fewer tourists than most other towns on Lake Garda. With a stunning mountain backdrop, Salo is a really pretty town set in a wonderfully scenic bay with a lovely lakeside piazza and masses of beautiful Art Nouveau buildings. The promenade is one of Lake Garda's longest.
The glorious peninsula of Sirmione stretches out from the southern shore of Lake Garda. This beautiful old town comes complete with the 13th century Scaligeri castle and its fascinating inland dock, and a panoramic walk along the shore takes you past bathing beaches to the tip of the peninsula where there's an ancient Roman Palace and the Grottos of Catullo.
|Resort famed for its charming churches and characteristic buildings. Many date from Torri's days as the maritime capital of the lake. Exploring the old town's network of pretty lanes, you'll discover interesting craft shops as well as tempting delicatessens and gelateria.|