In this article, we’d like to tell you about the lesser-known side of Lake Garda, free from traffic but still full of life, preparing for the stillness of the winter with the rituals of the change of season.
The Mediterranean temperatures of Lake Garda
True, Lake Garda is famous for its mild temperatures all year round - here you will never find the suffocating heat of big cities, because the climate is always mitigated by the breezes that rise from the lake, cool in summer and warm in winter.For this reason, autumn temperatures are perfect for excursions and activities that require great physical exertion - walking along the paths and trails that line the lake with a temperature around 10-15 degrees will make everything more pleasant and less tiring, with great benefits for your physical and mental health.
Scenic hiking between mountain paths and blue skies
Walking and hiking are always one of the best activities to do in the Garda area, in every season of the year. Autumn, with its colours and scents surrounding the woods and landscapes, is the time to experience new emotions, unknown to those who only visit the lake in summer. The months of September and October, before the leaves fall, when the colours change to the warm tones of yellow, orange and red, is perhaps the best time to put your boots on and start walking.The sky is often a vibrant, intense blue, and you’ll find a variety of itineraries, ranging from more to less demanding, depending on your fitness level. If you want to find out more about the best hikes, read our article on the PONALE PATH.
The warmth of the spa on Lake Garda
When the temperatures drop and you start to feel cold, it is the ideal time to spend a few hours in one of the many spas around the lake. There are many to choose from – like the one in Sirmione, famous for its very special hot and sulphurous water, the thermal baths in Colà di Lazise, in the Villa dei Cedri park, with water flowing from more than 200 meters below the ground, Aquardens of Verona, among the rolling hills of Valpolicella, with its 60,000 square meters large park, 11 indoor and outdoor pools, a salt water pool, water bikes and the more than 200 whirlpool stations.If you want to relax while staying at the hotel, we’ll be waiting for you for a WELLNESS HOLIDAY at Astoria Park Hotel at our SOCIAL SPA, where you can choose from a wide range of BEAUTY MASSAGES AND TREATMENTS, as well as of course just enjoy our swimming pools and saunas.
Autumn? Time to enjoy delicious local specialties!
In autumn, the villages around Lake Garda pay homage to local products with a rich calendar of wine-related and gastronomic events. One of them is the Festa del vino, held in the village of Polpenazze on the Brescia side of the lake since 1993, or you can visit the Festa dell’uva e del vino in Bardolino, on the Verona side, where the lakefront turns red and the great wines of the area are showcased.
In November, RIVA DEL GARDA hosts "Garda con Gusto - Gourmet Experience", three days dedicated to local flavours, where Michelin star tastings and show cooking events take place, alongside meet and greet drinks with chefs, as well as food and wine experiences with local products.
In short, autumn in Lake Garda is beautiful to look at, good to drink and excellent to savour! We are waiting for you!