A week in ITALY: Lake Garda

 

Pizza, Aperol Spritz, sunshine, swimming… I’ve been home a week now but, I’m still smiling and feeling totally refreshed from a beautiful week in Lake Garda.

I stayed at Camping Europa Silvella where my parents are couriers for a holiday company called Al Fresco. It’s their first summer season working there and I couldn’t let them have all the fun without me!

Lake Garda is the biggest lake in Italy and it’s surrounded by tall mountains and pretty villas encircled by cyprus trees.

On Monday 24th July I few from London Stansted to Milan Bergamo with Ryanair and after being diverted, due to a thunderstorm, I arrived at Lake Garda ready for some good italian wine and carbs!

Europa Silvella is a four star campsite with swimming pools, sports facilities, a shop, cafe and restaurant but it’s best feature is it’s location.

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“Set between Manerba and San Felice, on the green and pleasant western shore of Lake Garda, Camping Europa Silvella is a great base for exploring the attractions of Verona and Venice or just admiring the sumptuous view in the shade of the Valtenesi hills.” Al Fresco Holidays

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If you have a family, this is the campsite for you, but if you’re a young couple there are lots of other hotels in the area that offer the same beautiful view but without lots of screaming children around! Search for B&Bs, hotels or villas in:

You really really need to hire a car if you want to get around and explore Lake Garda. The public transport isn’t very reliable and even just getting from any of the nearest airports to Lake Garda would be very expensive in a taxi. (Fly to Verona or Milan Bergamo).

As the weather was nice I was quite happy to spend hours relaxing, sitting by the lake and reading and swimming at first. But after a couple of days I was glad my parents had a car so we could see the beautiful Italian towns further round the lake.

San Felice del Benaco is the nearest small town and we visited it on the first evening. You can’t really go wrong with the restaurants, providing you adore pizza and pasta! We enjoyed the most delicious pizza & prosecco at La Vela

Delicious drinks and food are so much cheaper than in London!

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In terms of enjoying the lake itself you can swim, hire pedalos, canoes and kayaks or take a boat trip. This is probably the best website for research before you go but I just wandered around the lake and came across some beach side booths hiring out water sport fun. If you walk around you can also find the ferry which will take you across the lake to towns on the other side.

If you’re into activities like hiking, biking or sailing there is loads for you too but I would go in spring or summer as July and August get extremely hot. It was over 30 degrees in July! Speed boat hire was also more expensive at peak season.

The pedalo was only 6 euro for half an hour and was brilliant fun…

 

There are loads of popular pretty towns to visit for sight seeing and feeling cultured like Verona and Sirmione. 

We were more than happy to stick near our base, relax and take time off from rushing about!

Read more tips about Lake Garda here: The glories of Italy’s largest lake (Telegraph)

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