Garda, the town that gave the lake its name, used to be called Benaco, and is one of the most famous resorts on Lake Garda, in a central position with respect to the Olive Riviera.
Garda offers a variety of landscapes, nature walks, historic memories and artistic monuments, the snug town centre with all its medieval charm of narrow shopping streets, small colourful houses, villas and parks.
Garda is situated in a magnificent gulf that is closed to the northwest by the Punta San Vigilio peninsula and the Baia delle Sirene, or Mermaids’ Bay, beautiful sites that many artists have paid tribute to and are visited by the rich and famous, dominated by the Rocca on a rocky spur where the fort used to stand.
Studded with beaches and attractive small bays, this is the ideal choice for a family holiday, and the more energetic can enjoy the walks along the long lakeside to the nearby towns
A wide range of sports can be tried while you are on holiday, walkers and mountain bikers are spoilt for choice among the roads, dirt tracks, paths and mule tracks around the surrounding hills and countryside amidst the vineyards and olive groves, offering some breath-taking views, while horse lovers can discover the area around Garda on horseback, as there are numerous stables in the area. Moreover, the mild temperate climate on Lake Garda means that golf can be played all year round in a quite unique setting.
There is a ferry service from the port to the other locations around Lake Garda, while the nearby Affi motorway junction makes Garda and the other tourist resorts easy to reach. The international Verona airport is just 30 km away.