Located between Desenzano and Manerba, the town of Moniga del Garda is often underestimated by tourists who prefer to spend part of their holidays in more renowned locations. The fact is that there are plenty of things to see in Moniga.
From its historic center to the famous Castle in the heart of the town, Moniga can be the perfect place to walk immersed in history, elegance, and, why not, the relaxation of the lakeshore with its bars. The town has about 2,500 inhabitants and is nicknamed “City of Chiaretto” for the famous pairing with the typical rosé wine of the territory made from the Groppello grape variety.
Let’s take a closer look at what you can visit if you find yourself stopping in one of the most beautiful places on Lake Garda.
The Castle of Moniga del Garda
The most historical place in the town is certainly identifiable in the Castle of Moniga. Its origins can be traced back to the Roman era, and it is believed that the structure was used as a refuge by the locals when the town was under siege.
Fortunately, the Castle never belonged to noble families and was almost uninhabited except for the already mentioned defensive actions by the local citizens: this helped the construction to remain intact over the years. Currently, inside the walls, we find 4 rows of private houses and a Church, while the land around the structure has been transformed by the local administration into a lovely public park.
The most beautiful beaches
And here is the highlight of what to see in Moniga del Garda. We are talking about its gravel beaches. The most crowded is the Porto beach. Located 1 km from the town center, the beach is crowded with tourists during the summer season but is also the largest in the area. In some areas, it is equipped, and there is the possibility of renting umbrellas and sunbeds to spend a relaxing day. There are also showers and toilets. Around it, of course, we find restaurants and bars, as well as a newsstand. However, animals are not allowed.
Heading south, we find the San Michele Beach, near the homonymous camping. Also, in this case, the beach is made up of gravel, and access is free. Less central than Porto’s, San Michele’s beach has only one nearby bar kiosk.
Finally, let’s close with the last beach that I personally tried, namely the Liner Beach, located north of the town. Also, with free access, it is less crowded than the previous ones, but not less beautiful. It is presented as a beach a bit more rocky than the others. To reach it, you just have to park in Via dei Liner and take the stairs that lead you to the lakeshore.
The lakeside promenade
Starting from the Port of Moniga and heading north, you can enjoy a beautiful walk on the lakeside promenade. We are talking about a walk of about 15-20 minutes (pedestrian area only!) where you will meet some of the beaches mentioned above and, of course, the classic refreshment activities that must always accompany every visit.
I recommend stopping in the late afternoon to enjoy the classic spectacular sunsets over the lake. I don’t feel like making a name of one place rather than another, but on the lakeside, you will meet Blue Beach, Vista Lago Beach Club, and Ghiottone Beach Moniga, as well as various restaurants. Choose according to your taste and preference.
The historic center of Moniga and the stop at Costaripa
Well, the historic center of the town is not of strict definition, but typical of tourist resorts where, in addition to the Town Hall, we find several refreshment activities. We are in this case, near Piazza San Martino.
Moving north, exactly in Via della Costa, you can stop at the well-known winery “Costaripa” and visit the amazing cellars of the place. There is the possibility of course, to execute a complete tour of the place followed by a wonderful tasting in a magical environment.