Garda Lake area benefits from mild temperature which grants warm winters, the perfect location for your relaxing and wellness holiday.
One of the main features of the northern part of Garda Lake area is the Mediterranean climate, deeply influenced by the lake, which offers warm and mild winters. A popular destination for sportsmen during summer (ideal for windsurfing, sailing, climbing, mountain biking), which becomes a beautiful place where to spend your winter holidays, surrounded by the charming atmosphere of many local lakes, medieval castles, monuments and buildings of historical and artistic value.
Altitude: 65 m s.l.m.
Surface: 370 kmq
Coastline: 165 Km
Length (North-South): 51,6 km
Width (East-West): 17,2 km
Max depth: 346 m
Area and landscape:
The huge expanse of water is divided into two different parts: the strait northern half, wild like a fjord, enclosed by overhanging mountain chains, and the wide southern field, which includes the long peninsula hosting the city of Sirmione.
Isola di Garda, opposite to San Felice;
San Biagio, close to Rocca di Manerba;
Trimellone, nearby Cassone;
Isola del Sogno and Isola dell’Olivo, near Malcesine;
Scoglio dell’Altare and Scoglio della Stella.
The east shore is dominated by the mountain chain of Monte Baldo: Altissimo (2078 m), Pozzette (2128 m), Valdritta (2218 m), Telegrafo (2200 m). The calcareous wall welcomes an amazing succession of grazing lands, woods, rocks, little valleys and hills, cypress together with olive tree fields and vineyards, scattered houses next to tiny villages.
The west side, between Riva and Gargnano, appears as a rocky cliff including irregular summits: Pari Peak (1991 m), Carone (1621 m), Denervo (1460 m), Castello, Pizzocolo (1582 m).
Small dales down the Lake
Singol in Sirmione;
Bondo in Tremosine:
San Michele in Campione;
Sur in Barbarano.
The most important valleys
Ledro, starting point of Ponale;
Toscolano, beginning of Valvestino road;
Sarca, labelled after Sarca river in the North, whose sediments formed the plain of Arco, Riva and Torbole.
Beyond the mountains constriction, the Lake takes another shape in the south, reaching Gargnano: the coast is overall strait and smooth up to the rock of Manerba (218 m). The line descends to Desenzano and Peschiera, moving upwards to Lazise, Bardolino and Garda, until S. Vigilio, conclusion of the circle.
Besides Sarca, there are some minor rivers that flow into the Lake: Varone, Albola and Ponale; San Giovanni (Limone), Campione (San Michele), Brasa, Toscolano, Bornico, Barbarano. Moreover Aril, entering the Lake at Cassone, is renowned to be the shortest river in the World (150 m). The only emissary is Mincio, exiting the Lake at Peschiera.