The Garda destination is often coveted by those who love to go on trips in nature, among truly exceptional landscapes and the possibility of playing sports or discovering unexplored places. It is for this reason that i suggest trips that go from places near the lake to the top of the surrounding mountains, to outline unforgettable excursions on Lake Garda.
From the breathtaking views of the Upper Garda del Trentino, to the cycle paths along the lakefront, up to the via ferratas and paths equipped for everyone. There are many levels, from expert bikers to climbers, to more relaxed activities where even the little ones can get involved.
Walk on the Limone cycle path
It is considered the most beautiful panoramic cycle path in Europe, nestled between the mountains and suspended over the lake waters between Limone del Garda and Riva del Garda.
2.5 kilometers long and 2.5 meters wide, this track (or cycle path) is an iron construction that runs through fabulous landscapes. It can be traveled both by bicycle (max 10 km per hour) and on foot – in both cases you need to be very careful, given the traffic of both people and bicycles.
It generally starts from Limone, in the locality of Capo Reamol, and the whole route, beyond the one overlooking the peak of the Limone cycle path, winds for about 11 kilometres. Be aware that along the track there are no bathrooms or refreshment points (apart from a small canopy at the start of the panoramic track), and the sun shines down during the day, so hats or protection are recommended, especially for the little ones. On the other hand, the Garda cycle path is also open during night time and it is illuminated with LED lights!
The Busatte-Tempesta Trekking
The path is simple to follow, suitable for everyone and very famous for the beautiful scenery that can be enjoyed from this area of Upper Garda.
The trekking on the Busatte-Tempesta is facilitated by iron stairways, about 400 steps in total, which allow you to descend among the glimpses and admire the panorama of the towns of Lake Garda such as Riva and Torbole.
It is one of the excursions on Lake Garda, especially recommended for nature lovers, as it allows you to discover the Garda fauna and flora also through informative panels. Furthermore, from this itinerary it is possible to admire the Val di Ledro, a place isolated for a long time and then facilitated in terms of traffic via the panoramic Ponale road, today another path for naturalistic excursions on Lake Garda.
You can reach the Busatte-Tempesta path from the center of Torbole, following the signs for the Busatte Adventure Park, and then continuing along the path in the woods, where the landscaped stairways are located. The path allows you to descend to Tempesta, or return to the Adventure Park, reaching a panoramic clearing and then returning to the starting point!
Trekking to the top of Monte Pizzocolo
In the Brescian Garda area, one can think of climbing to the top of this mountain to enjoy a spectacular landscape, with an accessible and uncomplicated route – except in some steeper parts. On the top of Pizzoccolo (1581 metres), it will be possible to admire the panorama of this territory in a global way, ranging from the peaks of Cima Brenta and Adamello, looking at the Venetian shore, the Alto Garda Bresciano Park, the Lower Garda, the morainic hills up to the Po Valley!
Generally you start from Passo Spino (I personally have always followed this route by bike too) near Gardone Riviera, or you get to Toscolano and go up to Sanico, in both cases you have to follow the signs for the Pirlo Hut , then climbing along a road that becomes dirt and leads to a wood, finally opening onto the meadows of Monte Pirello, which in spring reserves a beautiful flowering show. Going up a few hairpin bends to the top of Pirello, then descending and finally ascending towards the coveted summit of Monte Pizzoccolo.
Trekking on top of Monte Baldo
Its height and beauty are certainly an attraction for those looking for excursions on Lake Garda. Let’s talk about Monte Baldo, as a reference point for many mountain excursions starting from the shores of the lake. From different paths you can reach the highest peaks of this massif such as Punta Telegrafo or Valdritta, both at about 2,200 meters.
Usually the excursion on Monte Baldo starts from the cable car of the same name, which is located in a station at about 1,700 meters above sea level, and continues towards the path that leads to Bocca di Tratto Spino. From here you go up, between rocks and grass, until you reach the Belvedere (about 1,800 metres) and then you pass over the meadows, arriving at Cima delle Pozzette.
From here you descend towards the rocky terrain and reach the Sella di Val Agual at around 2,000 metres, which then connects with the Cima del Longino. The view is magnificent, over the Baldo hills, and continues uphill to the Lastoni Selva Pezzi Integral Nature Reserve.
From here some climbing parts require concentration, to get to Cima Valdritta and then to the Telegrafo Hut – you can also use a quite comfortable military path to get there. In addition to the large iron cross, this area reserves a unique feeling of “victory”!
Other paths then allow the return from the excursion on Monte Baldo, passing through the La Guardiola saddle, the La Fontana spring (1,324m), and then slowly descending to the cable car station, at about 500 meters above sea level.
Excursion to Punta Larici from Riva del Garda
The scenery certainly deserves any effort on this walk, and among the excursions on Lake Garda the one that starts from Riva up to Punta Larici is one of the most famous for this reason. It can be covered on foot or by mountain bike; it starts from the northernmost center of Lake Garda, taking the panoramic Strada del Ponale, one of the most beautiful ever and with a reduced slope. Built in the mid-nineteenth century to avoid the isolation of the Val di Ledro, the road continues overlooking the waters of Lake Garda and offers fabulous scenery among its curves.
From here there is a route of about 9 kilometers outward (18 including the return), which crossing a crossroads, you can turn towards the first stage in Pregasina, which can be reached after a path defined as alpine but easy. Following path 422B, after an hour in the woods, you reach the top at an altitude of 900 meters.
It means that you have arrived at Punta Larici, one of the most panoramic places on the Garda with a view of the Garda overhanging it, in which the town of Torbole stands out to the north, and the peninsula of Sirmione to the south. A natural spectacle, to be seen with your feet firmly on the ground during the days when strong gusts of wind can be annoying!