Hi, welcome to the Lake Garda forum. The lake is huge and there are many places we could recommend, but we can give you a lot more help if you can give us some more basic information, i.e. where will you be arriving from?; will you be driving or using public transport?; what are your interests?; do you or your teenagers like water-sports?; do you prefer mountain scenery or flatter ground?; what is your budget?; what kind of "attractions" are you looking for?
And, most importantly, what time of year?
we are coming in the beginning of August by a rental car (self driving) from the west (France).
We love hiking on the mountains, walking treks (up to 5 hours per day) , and water sport can be also great idea (we didn't think about it, but they gonna love it).
We are planning to stay about 3 nights around the lake and 4 nights somewhere in the mountains (we prefer to sleep in the same place for the all week, but if it will make us drive long distance to the mountains everyday, we'll take 2 places to sleep)
thank you again
Hi, August is a very busy time at Lake Garda so it's a good idea to look for accommodation soon.
From Malcesine there's a cable car up to Monte Baldo where there are several paths for walking, or you could even walk back down (which I believe takes a few hours!).
Some general information about Malcesine:
The watersports in the north of the lake include windsurfing and sailing (unfortunately there is no water-skiing at the north because of the speed restrictions - it is only available at the south of the lake), and you can also hire mountain bikes.
These sites may help:
Thanks you very much !!
From Malcesine you can reach the Selva, Ortisei & Alpe di Siusi in the Dolomites in 2 hours.
HOWEVER you may find you have a huge problem getting accommodation.
Around Lake Garda and also in the Dolomites August is peak season. Not only is it difficult to get accommodation generally but also a reluctance of the Hoteliers (in both areas) to accept anything less than 7 nights - Sat to Sat.
I suggest you are very flexible of where you want to stay both around the lake and in the mountains.
Having a car makes it easier for you.
From whats been said id suggest malcesine ....gives you the choice of going a bit further north to torbole for the water sports or going up in the cable car ..as said walking down or going for walks on the top..
or if you fancy a lazy day you can easily catch a ferry to Riva del garda.
Hope that helps
after Garda my plans is to look for bed & breakfast or hotel in the mountains close to treks area.... any suggestions? or maybe I can stay near the lake and travel (and everyday drive bake to the hotel close to the lake)?