Lake Ledro is a scene straight out of a fairy tale, with emerald waters that mirror the mountains and pine forests all around. Walking trails circle the lake and zig-zag down to Riva – the northernmost town of Lake Garda. There are around 200km worth of trails around these parts, so it’s a case of pick a path, any path. Just make sure to stop at the alpine cheese huts and panoramic viewpoints along the way.
Ledro's looking-glass lake
Relaxation is the theme in Lake Ledro. An easy-going 9km loop of the lake takes in the pebble beaches and picnic spots that dot the water’s edge. Paddlers can hire a paddle board or kayak and glide across the mirror-like water, which can reach a balmy 24˚C in summer – so no worries if you end up spending more time in the water than out. Windsurfing, sailing and pedalos are also popular pursuits.
Walking along fairytale pathways
The old Ponale Road leads between Lake Ledro and Riva, on the northern shore of Lake Garda. This panoramic path shadows the lake line, meandering downhill through woodland trails, valleys and cobbled mule paths – all reserved for walkers and cyclists. Head north-west instead, and you’ll come to the cascading Gorg d’Abiss waterfall, where some seriously enchanting scenery is tucked away. The Ledro Land Art trail is on the south side of the lake, where you can take a treasure-hunt looking for around twenty sculptures amongst the trees.
Unravelling 4,000 years’ of history at Molina de Ledro
Palafitte stilt houses decorate the eastern end of Lake Ledro. Dating back to 2200-1350 BC, these pre-historic thatched dwellings were rediscovered in 1929, when the lake’s water levels were lowered to fuel the hydro-electric plant at Riva. The Museum of Pile Dwellings reveals the origins and the daily lives of the Bronze Age residents who lived in these lovingly restored buildings.
Food, glorious food: eating in Lake Ledro
Alpine cuisine is the speciality of Lake Ledro, where family-run farms produce Trentino specialities with a whole lot of love and several generations’ worth of knowledge. Try creamy alpine cheeses at a local dairy or pull up a chair on the terrace of a mountain hut for a feast of caponec (sausage, herbs and cheese packed into vine leaves) and strangolapreti (spinach and Parmesan dumplings). Fancy a celebratory holiday fizz? The Ledro favourite is a picco spritz of strawberry and raspberry liqueur from the Ledro Valley, prosecco and tonic water. Cin cin!
Why book a summer holiday in Lake Ledro with Inghams?
At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time in your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of Lake Ledro's best walking routes and activities at your own pace.
With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to Lake Ledro include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team in resort can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.