Lake Garda

Which is the best area to stay in Lake Garda?

Lake Garda is home to 25 picturesque villages, all bound by the Gardesana state road and reachable by highway, are rich with historical monuments, castles and fortresses. Because of its incomparable history, many famous writers and painters choose Lake Garda as their holiday destination: here they are able to find the inspiration they need to give birth to their art.


But, Lake Garda does not only cater to writers and artists. This is a perfect holiday destination for families, honeymooners and solo travelers looking to find a blend of history, culture, great food, relaxing accommodation and most of all, stunning scenery that begins with Desenzano and its flowered promenade and mild climate. Sirmione’s stunning panoramic views and nightlife is what makes it so special, while Riva del Garda oozes Mediterranean style and culture.


Lazise, on the other hand, welcomes you with a colorful harbor and easy access to other towns. Lastly, Bardolino is where you will find some of the most sought-after wines and hiking options to make your stay in Lake Garda, a memorable one.

Hotel   Avg price
Aktivhotel Santalucia
129€ - 154$
Hotel Relais Agli Olivi
136€ - 162$
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Villa Rosa Hotel Desenzano
Desenzano del Garda
102€ - 121$
Solho Hotel
215€ - 256$
Du Lac Et Du Parc Grand Resort
Riva del Garda
252€ - 300$
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Villa Cortine Palace Hotel
263€ - 313$


If you are interested in where to stay in Lake Garda, you may also be interested in where to stay in Verona and where to stay in Lake Como.

Best Places to stay in Lake Garda


Desenzano del Garda

Desenzano del GardaDesenzano is a smallish resort town on the southern shore of Lake Garda in the north of Italy, with a population of around 25,000. During the 1st and 2nd century, Desenzano was the house of many wealthy Romans. Nowadays, thanks to the flowering lake promenades, to the port, to the impressive buildings in Venetian style and to its landscape, cultural and architectural treasures, Desenzano is one of the most beloved holiday destinations.


This coastal town’s climate is mild with pleasant temperatures and makes its ideal to explore the historical area of the town: small piazzas, and faded old buildings that each tells a story of their own. Naturally, you would be able to find more than enough restaurants, bars and ice cream shops to satiate your cravings for Italian fare.


Desenzano is probably a well-suited location for a short stay that includes a little bit of nightlife exploration. Being close to Milan makes this (strangely enough) a destination among locals for a rowdy night out, so if you are looking for something that has a lively night culture, then this is your place.



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SirmioneSirmione is a resort town on the southern bank of Lake Garda, in northern Italy. It’s known for its thermal baths. Sirmione is partly set on the peninsula that is stretched for about 4 km in the lower parts of Lake Garda, in the province of Brescia. The peninsula itself is about 30 km above sea level and it offers breathtaking views.


Sirmione is a pleasant place to stay, with lots of comfortable hotels, some in the town center, while others spread along the green peninsula. These gorgeous buildings are designed for relaxing stays, with sun terraces, pools or private beaches. The town itself is a great place short strolls, a couple of tourist attractions and lake views.


The historical center of Sirmione is pedestrianized; its narrow winding lanes busy with tourists. It can be quite an experience if you are not used seeing so many people in one area, but it does help that this town is picturesque and attracts many tourists to the castle and Roman ruins.



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Riva del Garda

Riva del GardaRiva del Garda is yet another glorious resort town in northern Italy, on Lake Garda’s northern shore. The favorable conditions make it a popular windsurfing destination. The "Pearl of Lake Garda" is a Mediterranean oasis at the feet of the Dolomites, with a mild climate and offers white gravel beaches, light blue water and a fresh breeze that gives the town its distinctive charm.


The Riva del Garda city center offers lots of things to see, and attracts visitors who appreciate art and architecture that displays signs of an ancient history and a past rich in culture. And apart from being a well-known windsurfing spot, Riva del Garda is a place that caters to those who enjoy hiking some of the most spectacular trails in Europe.


Unlike some of the picturesque tourist resorts on the lake, Riva del Garda is definitely a proper town. It is a good place for a well-rounded visit that can keep the whole family busy during the days. Younger travelers will find bars and the lively nighttime atmosphere you'd expect in a holiday town of this size.



Hotels in Riva del Garda






LaziseSitting on the eastern shore, it has a beautiful waterfront and a medieval historic center full of shops and pastel buildings that resembles a town on the Riviera. Picturesque, beautiful waterfront piazza, nice shops, pastel buildings on the shore matches the classic atmosphere of the Riviera. The colorful harbor still hosts fishing boats and pleasure crafts, and here you can rent a boat or catch a ferry to other towns.


The small beaches and grassy areas on the waterfront are good for people watching or swimming, and there is a lovely lakefront promenade for strolling. The checkerboard-paved piazza is a popular gathering spot, and the town offers an abundance of shops, restaurants and cafes to enjoy.


Lasize, like most of the other towns in Lake Garda is perfect for a honeymoon or a family vacation. Hotels are found both in the city center and in the surrounding countryside, while numerous camping grounds have been set up along the promenade south of Lazise.



Hotels in Lazise






BardolinoBardolino is one of the most important touristic destinations on Lake Garda. It is nestled on the eastern shore of the lake; about 30 km form the provincial capital Verona. Bardolino lies gently against a backdrop of hills covered with olive groves and vineyards. It is not only known for the production of the famous red wine Bardolino or of the Rosé Chiaretto, but also for the beauties of the old town center with its alleys, the numerous stores, the typical restaurants and the long promenades along the lakeshore.


Bardolino is secluded from the area's industrial zone and traffic, making it a relaxing spot for a stay. But the town is also lively, with plenty of cafes, restaurants, shops and clubs to keep it fun. The marina brings in colorful boats, and, along the lake there are water sport options available. In the hills, you will find plenty of activities too, such as hiking, horse riding and mountain biking.


This classical Italian-style town is a perfect place to end your journey of Lake Garda – it’s a safe option for families and solo travelers alike. The myriad of outdoor activities and sightseeing spots; combined with amazing options for accommodation is sure to create lasting memories of your stay.



Hotels in Bardolino