Top Tips for a Holiday in Lake Garda - Al Fresco Holidays

One of our first jobs, when we started to work on the PR team for Thomson Al Fresco in July, was to go on a trip to Lake Garda to learn about the parcs and the brand. It’s a hard life sometimes!

It’s an area I’ve never been to and didn’t know much about before I went so was excited to explore it. It’s definitely a great place for families as there’s so much for kids to do. It would suit older teenagers as well as they can go explore on their own and do more adventurous activities on the lake.

It would also be a great place for couples out of the school holidays as it’s such a beautiful place and there are some lovely peaceful parcs that’d make a great base to explore the area.

Here are my top five tips for you to make the most of your holiday in Lake Garda:

1. Travel

A car is a MUST! If you want to spend your whole holiday on a parc and not leave, which you could easily do, then I probably wouldn’t recommend the Lake Garda parcs. The area is so beautiful and there are so many activities on and around the Lake that it would be a shame not to explore.

2. Wine

While we were on our trip, I was introduced to an Aperol Spritz. This is a lovely, light drink that’s perfect to enjoy on your decking area while the sun goes down and you’re waiting for the BBQ to heat up. It’s a mixture of a light sparkling Italian white wine and Aperol. We bought our wine from a local vineyard and the Aperol can easily be found in supermarkets.

3. Gardaland

We didn’t go on our trip unfortunately but it is the biggest theme parc in Italy with rides, water slides and all the fun of the fair. It looks fab! Within easy reach of all the Lake Garda parcs, It would be perfect for a trip on a cloudy day or to have a break from the pool.

4. Borgetto

For a more cultural day, a trip to Borgetto is a must. It is one of the prettiest villages I’ve ever been to. It is set on the banks of a river and there are plenty of twisting streets to explore. Numerous restaurants serve delicious authentic Italian food and will show you the atmosphere of rural Lake Garda.

5. Olive oil

The Lake Garda area is the most northerly point where olives are grown in Italy. The resulting olive oil is delicious. It was perfect drizzled over a salad we enjoyed with our BBQ in the evening.

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