Lake Garda boasts a huge heritage of natural beauties, landscapes and colours.
Who is looking for a holiday in contact with nature will not be disappointed here!
The contrasting landscape and diversity of scenery, make walking and hiking on Lake Garda a must do. You can choose between the charm of the shores, the emerald green waters, the rolling hills of the hinterland and the higher Monte Baldo.
Nature enthusiasts should definitely visit the splendid beaches and islands of Lake Garda. Furthermore, the region features e great number of natural parks to spend a day among animals, flowers, plants, streams and waterfalls. In Manerba del Garda there is even a precious protected habitat of about 2 million square metres on land and in water, the "Riserva naturale della Rocca del Sasso e parco lacuale".
The Mediterranean climate makes this region the most northern growing area of olives and lemons in Europe. The east shore is called Olive Riviera (Riviera degli Olivi). It features more than 200 varieties of olive trees, originally introduced by the Romans.
The west shore is called Lemon Riviera (Riviera dei Limoni) as it features numerous lemon groves with their typically terraced gardens.
Behind the Mediterranean lake rises the alpine Monte Baldo, also called the Garden of Europe due to the many endemic species one can find here. It is a paradise for everyone who loves excursions in the outdoors and generally open-air activities.
Olive trees, citrus groves, oleanders and cypresses mix with mountain species, such as pines, oaks, beeches and spruces. On the slopes you can find 43% of the entire Alpine flora, more than 60 species of orchards, diverse butterflies and many species that cannot be found anywhere else and hence are registered with "Baldense" (from the Baldo) in their denomination.
Lake Garda is also populated by a rich and marvellous fauna. You can easily spot water birds such as ducks, swans, grebes, coots, but also forest birds such as tits and jays.
There are also birds of prey such as the golden eagle, eagle owl, sparrowhawk, buzzard and kestrel, herbivores such as the ibex, chamois, deer, doe deer and carnivorous like the lynx and the brown bear. The mountains of the hinterland, still uncontaminated and wild in some places, are populated by foxes, weasels, badgers, beech martens and wild boars.
Regarding the underwater world there are more than 25 fish species in Lake Garda.
The most appreciated one is the Lake Garda carpione, a native specie at risk of extinction that can mainly be found in the northern part of Lake Garda. Other native fishes are common bleak, eel, pike, tench and brown trout, whereas the common carp, the coregonus lavaretus and European perch have been artificially introduced by men.
Now that you know everything about the nature and environment of Lake Garda, you should also know that Europlan offers a series of activities and excursions in contact with nature, for a varied holiday!