4 days in Lake Garda: Must see itinerary

Only got 4 days at the beautiful Lake? Here are some must try things to do in Lake Garda…

Lake Garda holidays


You won’t struggle for amazing views at Lake Garda, but an amazing view point to take it all in is always welcome. Go up 1,800m in the cable car to the top of Monte Baldo to get the best possible view of the whole of the lake. You can hike, cycle, paraglide or just sit and enjoy a drink at the top!

The view from the top of Monte Baldo


Some call it the secret lake, but I think the secret is out! The blue hue of this lake makes it’s so pretty and it is less busy and hectic than the main lake. It’s worth a visit if you like to dodge the crowds, it’s around a 20-30 minute drive from Riva Del Garda (we stayed here at the beginning of our trip).


We had a rental car which made it super easy to take in the whole lake (would recommend this way of travelling). We were told this road was one of the most beautiful to drive in the world, and Oh My 😍. If you can take narrow uphill roads and hairpin turns take the drive to the top. Type Terraza Del Brivido’ into your sat nav and select the route Strada Della Forra. This will lead you to a lovely restaurant with an amazing view point.

Bird’s eye view from the Terraza Del Brivido view point


We stayed our first night in Riva Del Garda which is ideal for getting to Monte Baldo and Lago Di Tenno… however I felt the true beauty was found en route to Sirmione. Stop off in the centre of Limone Del Sul for a wonder and get some lunch by the port in Saló. This is where I felt the real Italian charm kicking in! When I get to go back I’d like to stay the night in one of these towns to explore a bit more.

Gelato stop in Salò


Sirmione for me was a complete vibe. It’s bustling but charming streets and lovely restaurants made me feel so at home! It’s perfect for renting a boat to spend some time on the lake (a must in my opinion), chilling at Jamaica Beach or relaxing at Aquaria Thermal Spa. I honestly can’t wait to go back.

Sunset at Jamaica Beach

💡 The closest airport to Lake Garda is Verona Villafranca (aka Valerio Catullo). Verona to Lake Garda is just over an hours drive. You might find that flights to Milan are slightly cheaper, this is where I flew into and it was a 2.5 hour drive to the Lake.

💡 Rent a car! The best way to get around Lake Garda is by car, it gives you so much freedom to explore. Book your rental before you travel to get the best price – just make sure you have a credit card with you to secure your booking on arrival.

💡 Where to stay in Lake Garda? If it’s your first time to Lake Garda there is too much to see to stay in the same hotel for 7 nights (IMO). Pick a few of the towns that are close to attractions you want to visit, you won’t mind moving around as the views are endlessly beautiful.

These are my highlights from my short time spent at Lake Garda. Have you been? I’d love to know what places you would recommend – comment below ✏️

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