Discover a selection of 6,000 holiday rentals in Lake Garda that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo holiday homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including pool and private pool. Prices start at £ 87 per night, and villas and houses are popular options for a stay in Lake Garda. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Discovering holiday rentals in Lake Garda

Wedged into a wide amphitheatre of chiselled mountains and rugged peaks, Lake Garda shimmers and glimmers a vibrant cobalt blue. It straddles the flat plains and the Alps of Northern Italy, offering breathtaking scenery wherever you look, from the cypress-spotted banks to the hulking summits of Monte Baldo. Historic and handsome towns spill down to the water's edge all around the place, whether that's castle-topped Sirmione on the south shore or the pastel-painted mansions of Malcesine, to the east. Lake Garda holiday lettings are your chance to explore the whole lake and its surroundings, whether you come for lazy days on pebble beaches, adrenaline-pumping climbs up via ferrata, sessions of water sports, cultural encounters with medieval castellos – the list goes on.

History

History all around Lake Garda holiday lettings

Lake Garda has been an important point on the map of Europe since ancient times. The Romans fought a great water battle here in 268 or 269 AD, fending off Germanic tribes from the flatlands that rolled southwards to the Eternal City. In the medieval ages, the lake was a flashpoint between the city states of Venice and Milan. And it was the site of key conflicts during the Risorgimento, which ultimately led to the unification of Italy. You can delve into this rich past at places like Castello Scaligero, in Malcesine, which has enlightening exhibits that range all the way back to the prehistoric formation of the lake. Meanwhile, the soaring Bastione in Riva del Garda is a symbolic reminder of Venetian rule during the 16th century.

Outdoor activities

Exploring the outdoors around your Lake Garda holiday let

Strap on the hiking boots and hit the trails that shoot out in all directions and you'll be rewarded with visions of the rising Dolomites to the north and the Lombard Alps to the west. In fact, there are all sorts of walking routes leading away from the doors of Lake Garda holiday villas, from easy-going waterside paths to daring via ferrata that require climbing gear and bags of courage. Back on the lake itself, you'll also find loads of stand-up paddle board rentals, kayak places and windsurfing schools.

Restaurants and bars

Finding great restaurants around Lake Garda

The flavours of Veronese gnocchi and Milanese rice dishes fuse with the highland cheeses of the Dolomites and beyond to create truly enticing gastronomy in Lake Garda:

  • Little Italian osterias and trattorias are packed into the cobbled lanes of Malcesine's medieval town, offering creamy pastas and risottos
  • Riva del Garda is fringed with lakeside cafes and cocktail bars, where pop-up prosecco bars are common in the summer months
  • Sirmione has both stylish Italian bistros and hearty German and Austrian taverns with frothing beers and smoked mountain cheeses
  • Pretty Limone sul Garda has elegant wine bars and pizza restaurants with stunning views across the lake to the Veneto Alps
Essential info

Essential information about Lake Garda

  • The area is surrounded by mountains, so you can expect frequent storms in summer and lots of snow in the winter when staying in a Lake Garda holiday rental
  • Be wary of the winding roads that encircle the lake if you're planning on driving – there are lots of sharp bends and tunnels along the way
  • The currency in Lake Garda is the euro
  • It's customary to leave tips of around 10–15% in the bars and restaurants here
  • It's possible to travel from town to town using the lake's ferry network
Good for couples

Romance for couples in Lake Garda holiday homes

Breezy paths connect many of the main towns around Lake Garda's southern shore. That means you can wander hand-in-hand between the pebble beaches and slender Italian cypresses as you hop from the pastel-painted piazzas of Lazise to the wine bars of Bardolino. Talking of wine bars, you can indulge in a couples tasting session to try the local Bardolino DOC there, or just grab a refreshing aperitif and watch the sun set over the serrated tops of the Lombard Alps. You can also crank up the romance by picking a luxurious Lake Garda holiday villa – think sweeping panoramas of the Dolomites and glimmering pools all to yourself.

Can I find a vacation rental around Lake Garda?

Yes, our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 6,050 vacation rentals near Lake Garda. From 405 villas to 1,656 houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake Garda for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.