Garda Trentino doesn’t just mean lake. Of course, spending sunny afternoons lounging on the shore or experiencing the adrenaline of surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing is not bad at all. However, Garda also offers much more, especially for trekking and mountain enthusiasts. After months of work and a busy agenda, is there anything better than enjoying nature and breathing in the clean air? There are 70 marked routes to choose from, from the most arduous paths, for those who experience the mountains as sport and competition, to easier ones, ideal for families and for those who want to relax. You're spoiled for choice! Here we’d like to recommend 5 absolutely unmissable paths.
Monte Brione shows evidence of the Austro-Hungarian presence in this territory, together with unique vegetation, evidence of biodiversity and the Mediterranean climate that characterizes this area. History buffs will enjoy visiting the Forts, built by the Empire between the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, while nature lovers can admire 20 species of orchids, as well as holm oak and broom (often found in areas further south). Furthermore, those who come to Garda in April will also have the chance to see the many butterflies that populate Monte Brione in this period.
Sentiero del Ponale
This path has very ancient origins, but since 2004 it has been transformed into one of the most beautiful cycle-pedestrian routes in Europe. Sentiero del Ponale connects Riva del Garda to the Ledro Valley and it is ideal for those who wish to rent a mountain bike and ride with a breathtaking view. The itinerary extends for 20 km overlooking Lake Garda, and ends on the shores of pretty Lake Ledro, where you can visit the beautiful Museo delle Palafitte (Stilt House Museum).
This itinerary has become one of the most representative of Garda Trentino in recent years. Among the most popular and well-known excursions by tourists in the area, the Busatte-Tempesta path hangs over the lake, passing Mediterranean vegetation that is beautiful yet hard to describe. Perfect for those who want to fill their eyes with beauty, this path follows the slopes of Monte Baldo without considerable altitude differences, making it ideal for families. The best seasons to go on this walk? Spring and autumn, when it’s not too hot, and not too cold!
Once again we are between Lake Garda and Ledro, but in this case the path is better for those who want to take a little altitude difference in their hike. The itinerary that leads to Punta Larici is almost 9 km long and ends on a natural terrace at 907 meters above sea level. Along the way, stop at the Regina Mundi statue and look towards the lake. You will not regret it!
Varone-Castello di Tenno path – Recommended by Andrea, the owner
Here we leave the best known paths to follow advice of a true local, who knows these areas like the back of his hand. The Varone-Castello di Tenno trail is 12 km long and passes through small villages and the olive groves of Garda, our true passion. The highlights are the Varone waterfalls, an absolute must-see, and the artists' village of Canale, with its artisan workshops and exhibitions.
These are our Top 5. However, we have many other tips to share: just ask us!