After recently spending a week in Lake Garda I’ve decided that I have discovered my new favourite holiday destination. It had everything I imagined and more. Stunning scenery, cobbled streets, beautiful buildings, colourful flowers, the best pizza on earth and my new favourite drink a Hugo spritz (prosecco, elder flower cordial, sparkling water and mint).
It’s so picturesque and an absolute instagrammers dream. Every corner you turn you will find the most beautiful little streets, I could have wondered for hours taking pictures.
During my stay I did manage to visit a few of the other nearby towns and the city of Verona so sit back and let me take you a little tour.
We stayed in Limone which you might already be familiar with as it features in the opening scene of a Bond film (Quantum of Solace). We stayed in hotel all’ Azzurro which was a lovely hotel right on the edge of the lake. It was the perfect location as we were right in the middle of it all and close to the bars, shops, restaurant and ferry terminal. I felt that Limone had a slightly more relaxed feel to it than some of the other towns on the lake. We spent our days here going for nice walks, relaxing by the lake and sipping Hugo’s in the bars along the lake side. One of my favourite things to do was have afternoon tea on hotel terrace where you could watch the world go by. Take me back please.
If you are looking for something more adventurous to do in Limone you can feel like James Bond for an afternoon by hiring one of the speed boats. It’s definitely something I would like to do if I went back.
Further up the lake you will find the lovely town of Riva. It can be reached by boat or bus but the boat is much more enjoyable and probably quicker. Riva is much bigger than Limone and has a new shopping centre if you fancy some retail therapy. I never got a chance to visit the shopping centre as we hired bikes and spent the day exploring the town by bike. It’s got a great cycle path so need to worry about busy roads. Riva has a lovely harbour which is great for a lunch or a Hugo stop.
Malcesine is directly across the river from Limone and again, best reached by boat. When approaching the harbour you are greeted by the beautiful castle and when off the boat you will find winding, cobbled lanes with lots of shops and restaurants. It is also where you will be able to take the cable car up to the top of the mountain.
Cable Car Ride
The cable car ride is an absolute must if you visit Malcesine. Not only will find the best views of the lake you will also find restaurants, nice walks and some farm animals. It’s still a mystery to me how the cows don’t fall of the mountain lol.
We also managed to fit in a day trip to Verona. This beautiful medieval town and home to Romeo and Juliette has a lot to offer. With marble pavements, Juliette’s balcony and a roman arena older than the Colosseum in Rome it’s a beautiful city to wander around and if you like shopping, via Mazzini is the place to go. It’s lined with designer shops and every beauty bloggers favourite shop – Sephora. You might also be interested to know Leonardo DiCaprio owns a home on the square.
Where is your favourite Summer destination?