This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Lake Garda. To help you make friends with Lake Garda before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Italy’s largest lake is a huge draw for tourists – the cultural diversity along the shores of Lake Garda brings in 7 per cent of all tourists to Italy. With three distinct regions surrounding this impressive body of water, Lake Garda provides unique opportunities for visitors here to see a bit of everything Italy has to offer at Lombardy, Trentino Alto-Adige, and the Veneto.
At just over 50km long, there is a lot to see along the shores of Lake Garda. To the north, visitors can enjoy a more cosmopolitan vibe, with resorts like Riva de Garda and Torbole where guests can sample cuisine like air-dried ham and carne salada, salted beef prepared in an Austrian style. In the south, tourists can visit vineyards and farmhouses, or check out some luxurious spa towns like Sirmione and Bardolino.
This popular holiday destination offers plenty of options for accommodation, ranging from resorts to hostels and hotels. A hostel stay in Lake Garda will give visitors the chance to spend some time checking out all three regions and experience the variety of cultures present here.
The mild climate surrounding this lake makes it a perfect location to experience some water sports or even just relax on the beaches. There are fairly steady winds here, making sailing, windsurfing, and paragliding particularly popular choice for outdoor activities. Hiking through the landscape around Lake Garda is also a great pastime, giving visitors the chance to see some of the lush Mediterranean vegetation that is abundant in the area.
The nearest airport to Lake Garda is just outside Verona, where flights will arrive from around Europe. Many hotels and hostels do provide transfers from the airport, but there are also buses and taxis for visitors who haven’t booked ahead or have secured transportation. You can also find excursions to other nearby cities, like Venice and Milan.
Written by local enthusiast for Lake Garda hostelsJakob Lombardi