Camping in Lake Garda
Lake Garda in the north east of Italy is the largest of the Italian lakes and perfect for camping with its crystal clear waters made for a refreshing swim in the summer. With olive and citrus groves fringing its shores, the hills of the south give way to majestic mountains in the north, creating regular breezes that make Lake Garda perfect for sailing and water sports.
There is plenty to do all year round when camping in Lake Garda, with the region offering a multitude of excursions and day trips to visit lakeside towns and villages, medieval forts and castles. Surrounded by some of Italy’s top wine producing areas, Lake Garda is also famous for its lemons, olive oil, and freshwater fish - all found in its local cuisine.
Lake Garda is also well placed for visiting some of northern Italy’s other treasures such as Venice and Verona if you want to explore further afield.
With lots of flights available to regional airports, holidays to Lake Garda make a terrific choice for a short break: or why not combine Lake Garda with one of our French campsites for a fabulous multi-centre holiday?
Popular areas in Lake Garda
Our campsites in Lake Garda are situated to the south of the Lake, close to some of Lake Garda’s most popular attractions and places to visit such as the beautiful old town of Sirmione. Set at the tip of a peninsula, the town is a popular destination with day trippers taking in the relaxed atmosphere and strolling the cobbled streets or taking in a bite to eat at one of the many local restaurants.
Further north on the eastern shore of Lake Garda lies the picturesque medieval town of Malcesine, known as the ‘pearl of Lake Garda’.
For a Lake Garda adventure you cannot miss, visit the impressive castle in Malcesine for wonderful views, enjoy wind-surfing on the Lake, or ride a cable car to the top of Monte Baldo - just be prepared though for the cabin to turn through 360 degrees as it reaches the upper sections of the route!
Explore our campsites in Lake Garda
Camping Europa Silvella enjoys a prime location on the banks of Lake Garda and is perfect for combining a relaxing time onsite enjoying the wonderful pool complex with day of sightseeing around the local area.
Campsite Bella Italia is a bustling site with all of the facilities you could wish for, including a lagoon-style pool and three small water slides, surrounded by a large terrace, and a poolside bar.
Camping Village San Francesco sits on the southern banks of glorious Lake Garda, close to the Sirmione peninsula, and offers a superb pool complex, comprising two pools including a separate pool for children and a fantastic spray park.
Camping Eden is really something special. Set in a series of steep terraces, many of our grassy emplacements offer uninterrupted views over the sparkling lake. The lakeside beach and jetty are ideal for swimming, windsurfing or canoeing, and children will love the small water slide at the pool complex.
Our top things to do when camping in Lake Garda
Visit the sights of Verona
Take a short trip from Lake Garda to the beautiful and romantic city of Verona. Operas are staged in the Arena di Verona, one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world, and the forum has become the Piazza delle Erbe, a rich confection of Medieval and Renaissance buildings.
Gardaland is Italy’s largest magical theme park, located to the south of Lake Garda and close to many of our campsites. The theme park is set out in realms of history, geography, space and fantasy, and has many exhilarating rides: from the Blue Tornado to the Sequoia Adventure.
Go for a cycle in the mountains
The local tourist board claims Lake Garda to be the “best bike resort in Europe”. With hundreds of miles of world class trails heading into the craggy peaks that surround the water, we find it difficult to disagree.
Eat lots of Italian food
Lake Garda is not short on restaurants. Some of the finest Italian food can be found at the many restaurants, cafes and bars that lie close to the lake. Whether its a traditional italian pizza, pasta or a local speciality, you won’t be short on choice.
As if Lake Garda isn’t breathtaking enough from the water’s edge, take a ride on the cable car to experience the stunning views from the top of Monte Baldo. Be prepared for the cabin to turn through 360 degrees as it reaches the upper sections of the route.
The starting point for the cable car is the small town of Malcesine, where the impressive castle houses a natural history museum and offers wonderful views from the revelino (artillery platform) and the top of its imposing square tower. This is a popular area for windsurfing.
The spa town of Sirmione stands on a peninsula at the southern end of Lake Garda. As well as mud baths and massages you can visit the moated castle, take ferry trips to other towns around the lake, or just enjoy the shops – especially the amazing gelateria… The Grotte di Catullo is a vast ruined Roman villa, named after the poet Catullus.
Limone sul Garda
A simple building set in an olive grove, the San Pietro church is believed to be one of the oldest places of worship in the area, and contains some beautiful 13th and 14th century frescoes. Visit the famous walled lemon houses and buy a bottle of the local cold-pressed olive oil to take home.
Our other camping destinations
- Cities/towns Lake Garda
- Region Italy