It's true, you're right. After months and months with a full calendar, appointments, endless journeys between home and work, holidays become the perfect time to rest and recover some energy. The ideal time to catch your breath, as they say. However, remember that holidays, especially those at the lake, are not just about rest. Those who want new challenges and those who wish to relax but also try new sports will find Lake Garda is the ideal setting for their activities. When the Garda breeze touches the crystal clear water of the lake, it creates a mosaic of waves that can be surfed, explored on a SUP, and rowed upon in a canoe. Here’s our advice: rest among our olive groves, catch your breath, and then use it for these 5 activities on the waves of Lake Garda!
Windsurfing and kitesurfing
The secret of windsurfing is in its name: to practise this sport properly, you need to know how to control the power of the wind. It’s not an easy task, and many sailors of the past have struggled with it, but “running” on the surface of the lake gives an adrenaline rush that is difficult to describe. While windsurfing is done with a board and sail, kitesurfing is done with a board and kite, giving an even more thrilling sensation of flying on the water. There are few activities as exciting as this, but be careful, you need two things to truly enjoy this sport: good physical preparation and confidence in swimming. Our advice? Find good teachers and learn step by step.
Maybe you’ve never heard of wingfoil. For those who love the thrill of new things, this is the right activity: it is inspired by the flight of seagulls, and it’s practiced on a board. In the words of Tom Magruder, the first person who understood the beauty of this sport “a seagull has the ability, through its own energy, to use the force of the wind and remain in flight indefinitely”. Therefore, with an inflatable wing that can be held in one’s hand, even people can take advantage of the force of the wind and experience the sensation of flight. That's exactly how it works with the wingfoil!
Another activity that harnesses the force of the wind, and a sport that will be even more familiar for those who know Lake Garda. Sailors have always been at home here, and the Garda winds seem to be their friends. The Ora and the Peler are gentle breezes on the waves, also suitable for those who are not too familiar with this sport. Those who love competition more will find many regattas where they can test themselves and – why not? – even take home a nice victory as a souvenir of their holiday.
Let's put the wind aside for a moment. How’s your balance? If the answer is “good”, SUP (acronym for Stand Up Paddle) is the activity you are looking for. Stand up on the board and set off to explore the beaches and coasts of Lake Garda. On sunny days it is an experience that is difficult to forget!
We know it thanks to adventure films, but it is an activity that anyone can do with the right guide and preparation. If you like canoeing, Lake Garda has two beautiful surprises for you: the currents of the Sarca river and the Ponale waterfall, to be admired from a canoe at dawn. Both highly recommended!
These activities are all amazing, but we have a personal favourite. Which one is it? Ask us, and we will give you all the advice you are looking for!