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Top Water Sports On Lake Garda

Al Fresco ItalyBy Sunday World
Lake Garda
Lake Garda

Lake Garda is Italy’s largest lake and is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the country for Irish Holidaymakers.

Whilst it boasts some charming lakeside towns and some of the finest restaurants in the region, one of the main reasons that people visit is to make the most of the huge range of outdoor activities on offer.

The vast number of water sports available is hardly surprising, given the surroundings. The lake, which covers an area of nearly 370 square kilometres, has plenty of space for a wide variety of activities, and with depths of up to 346 metres, it’s suitable for even fairly large vessels to take to the water. Keen water-sports enthusiasts are guaranteed to be in their element; and there is a sport for every taste, from a gentle sail across the waters to adrenalin-fuelled jet-skiing!

Whether you’re a seasoned water-sporting pro or tentatively looking to try an activity for the first time, Lake Garda is definitely the place to go.

1. Water Skiing and Jet Skiing

If you’ve got a taste for speed, then water and jet skiing are definitely the activities for you. The best places to go water and jet skiing are around the southern areas of the lake, where the water is calmer and there’s generally more room to pick up good speed.


If you’re new to both sports, you’re in for a treat. First-time water-skiers tend to struggle initially with getting into the standing position, but once you’ve mastered it, it’s an exhilarating, adrenalin-filled activity. When it comes to jet skis, there are two options; the stand-up jet ski, or the wave runner, which involves sitting down and can carry two people. The wave runner is a better option for those starting out, as it’s considerably easier to master – not to mention rather more relaxing!

2. Kite Surfing

When staying in Lake Garda, you’re likely to notice plenty of kite surfers on the lake, demonstrating some very impressive aerial manoeuvres before hitting the water again. If you’re new to kite surfing, it’s unlikely that you’ll want to throw yourself into the air, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t have plenty of high-octane fun!

In the mountainous northern parts of the lake, such as Trentino, kite surfing is forbidden, so if you want to have a go, head to the southern towns, such as Campione and Limone. There are establishments in the area that will take you out on the water and provide all necessary equipment.

3. Wind Surfing

Wind surfing is one of Lake Garda’s most popular sports, and when the conditions are right, the waters in the north of the lake are likely to be filled with wind surfing fanatics. In fact, the lake has the reputation of being one of the best places to wind surf due to the favourable winds in the area.

As a result of its popularity, there are plenty of wind surfing schools around the lake, with suitable courses for everyone, from complete beginners to experts. It’s also suitable for children and there are plenty of schools that cater specifically for kids.

4. Sailing

Unsurprisingly, sailing is also popular in Lake Garda. When conditions are right, watching the wide variety of boats winding a lazy path across the water is a great way to while away an afternoon. If you want to have a go yourself, then the best place to head to is to the north of the lake, which has the best winds.

There are plenty of resorts in the north where you and the family can have a go at sailing. Riva and Desenzano are popular and there are many sailing courses to enrol on there, including dinghy classes for younger kids.

5. Snorkelling and Diving

Diving and snorkelling aren’t initially what you think of when you visit Lake Garda. However, there are quite a few diving centres in the area, and diving is a pastime that is swiftly picking up popularity with visitors and locals alike.

The clear waters of Lake Garda provide great conditions to explore beneath the waves, where you’ll see some of the resident fish, including trout, eels and salmon. If you’d rather not learn how to dive, bring your own snorkelling masks and have fun spotting fish by the shores.

Staying in Lake Garda: Accommodation Suitable for Water Enthusiasts

If you love spending time in the water, then look for accommodation that has a swimming pool; so that you and the family can continue the fun when you return after a long day spent out on the lake!

Holiday parks are particularly good when it comes to providing facilities (including pools) for all the family. The Eden Campsite has two swimming pools and direct access to the shingle beach on the lakeside, or alternatively, Camping Cisano has four pools and offers easy access to the popular resort of Bardolino.


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