Lake Garda is located in a breathtaking natural environment. The steep hills and mountains and the diverse landscape all make it one of the most popular destinations amongst water enthusiasts. Sailing in Garda? We are going to give you some advice on when it’s worth visiting Lake Garda, and also provide you with a plan for a one-week-long sailing trip.
Location of Garda
Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy. It is located between the Alps and the Po Valley, on the border shared by the Tentino-Alto Adige, Lombardia and Veneto regions. Its territory is 369.98 square kilometres. The maximum length is 51.6 kilometres, its maximum width is 17.5 kilometres and its shoreline is 158.4 kilometres. Its water is extremely deep. The average depth is 65 meters, while the deepest point is 346 meters.
History of Garda
The lake was formed in the last glacial period. Approximately 1.5 million years ago, a massive block of ice came apart of a glacier and flowed halfway down the hill. This is where the melting process started, the result of which was a large amount of water accumulating in a pool. Despite its spectacular natural characteristics, Lake Garda only became popular among tourists fairly late. They established the first resort at Gardone, and thanks to the growing attention, further resorts were established.
Climate in Garda
At Lake Garda, the climate is a mixture of Mediterranean and hillside climate. In the southern regions, the climate and the water are warmer. The frequent winds provide perfect conditions for us to sail on the lake at any time. The Ora blows from the south the east, from late morning to late afternoon. The Pelèr, on the other hand, blows from the north to the south, from early morning to noon. Its local and transverse wind is the Ponal, which comes from the direction of the Ledro Valley, and blows along the river that has the same name.
Summers are hot and sunny, but we should expect frequent showers. The storms are heavy, accompanied by strong winds and hails. In Salo, there is a heavy amount of precipitation. The temperature at Lake Garda from June to August is around 20°C. The temperature and the water is more pleasant in the southern region than in the northern one. The ideal period for visiting is from the spring to early summer, but a trip in September may also be a good idea.
Main sights in Garda
The Varona Waterfall is near Lake Garda, 5 kilometres from Riva del Garda. Thanks to its unique microclimate, we can observe the flowering of several special plants. The Upper Cave can be accessed on 115 stairs. The waterfall stemming from the Magnone River, which originates from Lake Tenno, is 98 meters high.
Sirmione is one of the most beautiful places on the southern parts of Lake Garda. It has a great pebbly-rocky beach, and it is also famous for its thermal springs, which have a great healing effect.
You must definitely try the most popular Italian food, pizza, regardless of which part you are visiting. Are you craving for a dessert? Try their giant scoops of ice cream. You shouldn’t miss their delicious, strong espresso either. If you are looking for a refreshing drink, the Aperol Spritz is a good choice. The beverage that has an orange-like flavour, is a mixture of Italian sparkling wine, bitter liqueur and soda.
Bardolino is famous for its great red wine. There are vineyards on the sunlit hills surrounding the town. We must taste this wine in a local wine cellar or restaurant.
Beaches in Garda
Val di Sogno Beach
The Val di Sogno public beach is located south of Malcesine. We can rent lounges and sunshades on its pebbly beach. The beach is extremely popular among surfers and sailors. The Isolda del Sogno can be found only 20 metres from here, providing a perfect spot for scuba diving.
Spiaggia Sabbioni Beach
This perfect place at Riva del Garda has crystal clear waters and is a combination of a beach and a park. It’s suitable for families with small children. The great number of trees provide several places with shade. The beach is long and very well-equipped. There are both pebbly and grassy areas. You can also try watersports.
La Cavalla Beach
The pebbly public beach is a few metres from the centre of Garda. It can be accessed easily. You can rent lounges here, and there are great restaurants and bars as well. Thanks to its especially clear waters, the beach is extremely popular.
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Porto di Moniga
Moniga is one of the most modern and best-equipped ports at Lake Garda. It’s famous for its high level of service. It was built in 2005, according to the highest architectural standards. There are 280 moorings here. The size of the boats can even reach 18 meters. The depth of water at the pier is 3.20 metres. They provide fresh water, electricity, Wi-Fi and TV. Read more about sailing in Moniga, or boat rental in Moniga
Port of Navene di Malcesine
The Navene di Malcesine has more than 200 moorings, for instance, for powerboats. The running water and the electricity are free to access. You can find showers in the club house. The Marina Navene provides two cranes for dispatching and transporting the boats. There is also a restaurant, a bar, a small gym and a private beach in the area. Read more about sailing in Navene, or boat rental in Navene di Malcesine
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The climate diagrams are based on 30 years of hourly weather model simulations. They give good indications of typical climate patterns and expected conditions (temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and wind). The “mean daily maximum” (solid red line) shows the maximum temperature of an average day for every month for Garda. Likewise, the “mean daily minimum” (solid blue line) shows the average minimum temperature.
The wind rose for Garda shows how many hours per year the wind blows from the indicated direction. The diagram for Garda shows the days per month, during which the wind reaches a certain speed.
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Day 1. Moniga del Garda – Padenghe 2.35 km (1.46 mi), Day 2. Padenghe – Desenzano del Garda 4.93 km (3.06 mi), Day 3. Desenzano del Garda – Sirmione 6.74 km (4.19 mi), Day 4. Sirmione – Lazise 13.93 km (8.66 mi), Day 5. Lazise – Bardolino 4.98 km (3.09 mi), Day 6. Lazise – Torri del Benaco 9.11 km (5.66 mi), Day 7. Torri del Benaco – Maderno – Moniga del Garda 21.04 km (13.07 mi).
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Day 1. Moniga del Garda – Maderno 14.48 km (9.00 mi), Day 2. Maderno – Limone Sul Garda 25.85 km (16.06 mi), Day 3. Limone Sul Garda – Riva del Garda 9.32 km (5.79 mi), Day 4. Riva del Garda – Val di Sogno 17.68 km (10.98 mi), Day 5. Val di Sogno – Torri del Benaco 18.67 km (11.60 mi), Day 6. Torri del Benaco – Sirmione 14.07 km (8.75 mi), Day 7. Sirmione – Desenzano del Garda – Moniga del Garda 13.17 km (8.18 mi)
Day 1. Navene di Malcesine – Torbole 8.54 km (5.31 mi), Day 2. Torbole – Riva del Garda 3.21 km (2.00 mi) Day 3. Riva del Garda – Limone sul Garda 9.36 km (5.81 mi) Day 4. Limone sul Garda – Gardone Riviera 29.33 km (18.22 mi) Day 5. Gardone Riviera – Moniga del Garda 12.20 km (7.58 mi) Day 6. Moniga del Garda – Sirmione – Lazise 16.56 km (10.29 mi) Day 7. Lazise – Torri del Benaco – Navene di Malcesine 37.45 km (23.27 mi).
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Day 1. Navene di Malcesine – Val di Sogno 2.40 km (1.49 mi), Day 2. Val di Sogno – Castelletto 7.91 km (4.91 mi), Day 3. Castelletto – Torri del Benaco 10.82 km (6.72 mi), Day 4. Torri del Benaco – Peschiera del Garda 20.14 km (12.52 mi), Day 5. Peschiera del Garda – Sirmione – Moniga del Garda 15.07 km (9.37 mi), Day 6. Moniga del Garda – Salo 14.12 km (8.77 mi), Day 7. Salo – Campinone -Navene di Malcesine 33.36 km (20.73 mi)
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