Lake Garda beaches
Read our guide to the best beaches in Lake Garda
Lake Garda has many beautiful beaches. Some of them are equipped with all amenities and others are left completely natural. The beaches are made of sand, pebbles or rocks, and the water depth varies depending on the area. On the southern shore, the water is rather shallow, whereas on the upper Lake Garda, it drops drastically. Bays, coves, small inlets or wide banks, the beauty of Lake Garda is incomparable.
Beaches on Lake Garda - Veneto (eastern shore)
Baia delle Sirene - Garda
Not far from the centre of Garda is the picturesque Punta San Vigilio headland, from where you can admire one of the most stunning views of Lake Garda. In the Punta San Vigilio Park, you will find the famous "Baia delle Sirene" beach (Mermaid Bay) with beach club, entertainment, nursery and restaurant. The access is subject to a fee and includes use of the car park, sun loungers, showers and WC as well as a kid’s club with playground and child care. Dogs must be kept on a leash.
Val di Sogno Beach - Malcesine
The free pebble beach south of Malcesine is popular with windsurfers and sailing enthusiasts, but offers also beautiful strolls along the lakeside promenade. In the Val di Sogno (Dream Valley) beach guests can rent parasols and loungers. The Isola del Sogno (Dream Island), popular for diving, is only 20 metres away and can be reached on foot in certain periods.
Lido Bagni Brancolino - Torri del Benaco
The Lido Bagni Brancolino is situated halfway between the towns of Garda and Torri del Benaco and about 1 km from Punta San Vigilio. Access to the pebble beach with shallow water is subject to a fee. There is a bar service and a small car park, but not much shade.
Baia Stanca Beach - Torri del Benaco
Beautiful pebble beach with crystal clear water in Torri del Benaco, provided with beach bar, where you can rent sunloungers and SUP boards. Paid parking in the immediate surroundings.
La Cavalla Beach - Garda
Only a few metres from the centre of Garda, the beach is located at the lakeside promenade that connects Garda and Bardolino, making it easily reachable for families. It is a public beach with bars, restaurants and sun lounger rental. The water is particularly clear in this part of the lake, making the La Cavalla (the mare) pebble beach one of the most popular of the region. A car park is just a few metres away.
Lido Mirabello - Bardolino
Private beach for a fee, located at the Cipriani lakeside and south of Bardolino's old town. It is equipped with sun umbrellas and loungers and a bar/restaurants. The pebble beach has rocks as wells as lawn areas. The water is deep. A small car park can be found nearby.
La Guglia Beach - Pacengo
A public beach near the port of Pacengo, easily reachable from both towns, Peschiera and Lazise. The beach is sandy, with bars and restaurants in the surroundings. If you continue walking along the lake towards Lazise, you will get to the sandy beaches of the campsites, which are also accessible to external guests.
Beaches on Lake Garda - Trentino (northern shore)
Spiaggia delle Lucertole - Nago-Torbole
This is one of the smallest free beaches on Lake Garda, but certainly one of the most characteristic ones. The "lizard beach" in Nago-Torbole is famous for its overhanging cliff that only experienced climbers dare to scale. Next to the beach is a very small car park with only 3 parking spaces. Torbole is also home to one of the most beautiful beaches on the lake, which is close to the centre.
Spiaggia dei Pini - Riva del Garda
The "pine beach", also known as “Purfina” is located in Riva del Garda. It is popular with young people, as there is a bar for drinks and snacks, and theme parties and music in summer. The pebble beach boasts a vast sunbathing lawn and is equipped with showers, sun lounger rental, a swim platform with “pool area” and slide in Lake Garda. The beach is also frequented by surfers, who have their own spots.
Beaches on Lake Garda - Lombardy (western shore)
Jamaica Beach - Sirmione
One of the most beautiful free beaches on southern Lake Garda, where reflecting rocks make the water appear blueish turquoise. The beach is located on the tip of the Sirmione peninsula and can only be reached on foot or by boat.
Lido delle Bionde Beach - Sirmione
Lido delle Bionde is a pebble beach with some lawn areas. It is free of charge and has a restaurant, bar, canoe and pedal boat rental. In the evening, aperitifs and happy hours are organized.
Baia Bianca (White Bay) - Manerba
A sandy beach popular with young people, provided with the right services and music for them. Access is subject to a fee. The beach is offers a sun lounger abd parasol rent. There are also a restaurant, a bar and boat service. Baia Bianca is not only a beach, but also a club to hang out in the evening.
Baia del vento (Wind Bay) - San Felice
Located in San Felice del Benaco, this beach is one of the most famous on Lake Garda. From here you can enjoy views of Monte Baldo, Punta San Vigilio, Garda Island and the western shore from the Vittoriale to Toscolano Maderno. The beach stretches from Punta del Corno to Punta di San Fermo.
Spiaggia d’oro - Desenzano
The "Spiaggia d’Oro Golden Beach", located in the town of Rivoltella, boasts a restaurant, bar, disco and pedal boat rental. It is not only popular among tourists, but also among young locals who meet here to party at night.