Lake Garda is not exactly Sardinia when it comes to beaches but none the less some good beaches are to be found.
The natural beaches of Garda are mostly pebble, which I find a little uncomfortable.
Better though are the grass lawns like the one in the photo on this page.
The few sandy beaches are mostly the result of the local councils dropping a lot of lovely soft golden sand on top of the pebbles.
makes things a lot better – especially for children who at least can get
some use out of their buckets and spades. It also makes sun-bathing a
far less painful experience!
Lazise is my favourite town on Garda and there is a lovely beach just along the coast south of Lazise. This is probably the best beach on Lake Garda or at least the best sandy beach.
A lot of the best parts of the beach are owned by a camping site (Camping Spiaggia d’Oro) but the free part is still sandy and not too crowded in June, although July and August can get a little cramped.
Desenzano has a number of pleasant beaches. The best one is a pretty decent shingle beach. You need to walk about twenty minutes east of Desenzano in the Sirmione direction to get to the beach which is in an area called Rivoltella.
The beach is a bit rocky but the setting make this beach well worth the effort taken to get here. You have to walk though as the parking is a fair way from the beaches. Walk in the direction of the spas and then follow Punta Staffolo.
There are a number of beaches in the area; Lido dell Bionde is rated as the beach with the cleanest water anywhere on the lake and it really is crystal clear.
The main public beach is Santa Maria beach and it is a popular place with families. The beach is large; there is lots of space for children to play and for you to find your spot in the sun.
A little way past Garda Town you'll find some lovely shingle beaches. The setting here is absolutely gorgeous – one of the most beautiful settings on the entire lake and the water is crystal clear.
You will need a car to get here and you can park in the Punta San Vigilio car park and walk. Don’t be tempted to park in the road as you may find your car towed away or you could get a substantial fine.
Near San Felice del Benaco is the Baia del Venoto. Soft sand and fewer
crowds than Lazise beach makes this an ideal beach for children. You
can hire canoes and pedal boats on the beach and there is a pizzeria
called Baia del Vento - not the best food but reasonably decent pizzas.
For other beaches in Veneto and near Venice Italy click here or use our Best Beaches in Italy search engine to find some incredible yet undiscovered Italian beaches.
I really believe that Italy has some of the best beaches on earth! I know there are some stunning beaches elsewhere though. Do you have a favorite?