Touring in the Venetian Riviera and Lake Garda
The buzzing resorts of the Venetian Riviera don’t want for much when it comes to the simple pleasures in life: fun, food and entertainment well into the night. The string of beach-side communes offers up an almost-never ending array of tempting bars, shops and kid-friendly arcades. After the fun, head to the peaceful shores of Lake Garda for a little rest and recuperation alongside the shores of this most sublime lake, where the mountains tumble down to meet the water’s edge, and stylish resorts cluster.
Garden Paradiso Camping Village ★★★★
Venetian Riviera | Italy
Sublime sandy beaches come as standard on the Venetian Riviera, and they don’t come much better than the stretch right outside your parc’s immaculate borders. There’s a spectacular array of watery attractions on parc to compete with that dazzling Adriatic too, and when you’ve worked up an appetite head to the par’s own gelateria for a cool ice cream, or the parc’s central piazza for a freshly made pizza. The parc’s rooftop bar has terrific views out to sea, too. But chances are you’ll want to get closer.
And, for that matter, you’ll want to get closer to Venice too: which is simplicity itself. Simply hop on a water taxi to visit Venice, Murano, Burano and the cluster of magical islands in the lagoon: a place every bit as spellbinding as you’d imagined.
Cisano San Vito ★★★★
Lake Garda | Italy
Actually two parcs for the price of one, this beautiful lakeside retreat has more delights for your money than most parcs: the two sites (joined by an underpass) share their facilities, their lakeside beach and their lovely pools. You’ll be drawn to the brilliant lagoon pool, and your kids will love their own water play area and waterslides.
Wine-lovers must visit at the end of September/beginning of October to experience the Bardolino Wine Festival, which attracts thousands of wine connoisseurs from around the globe. The Italian Lakes - and Lake Garda especially - are a playground for young and old alike. Climb through olive groves up into the hills for immaculate views, shop in the lakeside boutiques, or sip a cocktail at a terraced restaurant in the evening. Don’t forget to take to that water though: by waterski, paddle board or (our favourite) dinner cruise.