Lake Garda walks: 6 itineraries for a relaxing break
24 February 2023
Busatte-Tempesta path: the "balcony" on Lake Garda
We begin with a circular route, which links Busatte to Tempesta, along the eastern coast of Garda Trentino, from north to south. You start from the Torbole car park, located near the Busatte Adventure Park, and walk for at least three hours and about 8 kilometres through the woods, with only slight differences in altitude.
The panoramic trail runs along the slopes of Monte Baldo. It provides a breathtaking view of the lake, especially from the iron staircase, with its almost 400 steps, which climbs over a rocky area and leads to a fork in the path: to the left is a forest road, which leads to Tempesta, and from here it is also possible to return to Torbole by bus. The ideal period for this trail is spring or autumn.
Sentiero del Ponale: the road carved into the rock
Also accessible by bicycle, the Sentiero del Ponale connects Riva del Garda with the Ledro Valley. At just over 10 kilometres long and passable in about four hours, it is of medium difficulty and is one of the most appreciated trails in Europe due to its historical and environmental qualities.
It starts from the centre of Riva del Garda, and after 2 kilometres of slight climb, the pedestrian path separates from the cycle path. After crossing a bridge, continue along a forest road until you reach Val di Ledro, after a series of hairpin bends leading to the Statue of the Madonna with its panoramic terrace. This path, too, is best taken in spring or autumn.
Sentiero del Sole: amidst picturesque views and historical remains
The first day ends with a walk along the Sentiero del Sole (Sun Trail), a very simple path, almost 9 kilometres long and with an altitude difference of 500 metres. It can be completed in 3-4 hours. You start out from Limone sul Garda and follow the signs for Sentiero del Sole-Ciclabile del Garda-135, amidst olive trees and bougainvillea, to a fork in the road. On your left is the Sopino waterfall, which is just as impressive as the 2-kilometre-long suspended cycle path. Continue along a suspended footbridge over Lake Garda, ending at a monument dedicated to the victims of the Gardesana construction work.
Credits: Riccardo Zucco
Walk to the Rocca di Manerba: a 360° panorama of the lake
Situated on a rocky outcrop overlooking Lake Garda, the Rocca di Manerba can be easily reached from the centre of Manerba del Garda by taking one of the many paths, all of which are well signposted and easy to follow.
We recommend the itinerary that crosses through the Natural Park of the Rocca di Manerba and cuts across the "Sasso" plateau, climbing up to the castle ruins. The walk is 5.5 kilometres long and takes about two hours.
Punta Larici: perfect for catching the sunrise
The walk from Pregasina to Punta Larici is an easy one: about 2 hours of walking for 370 metres of altitude difference. Leaving the car in the village centre, follow the forest road to Malga Palaer on path 422b to Bocca Larici.
From here, up a steep ascent, you reach Punta Larici: at 907 metres, the view of Lake Garda is incredible, perfect for watching the sunrise.
The Tibetan bridge Torri del Benaco
For those in search of adrenaline-pumping excursions, the Tibetan Bridge Torri del Benaco, a village near Crero is the ideal destination. The steel structure, opened in 2019, is suspended 45 metres above Lake Garda and can be reached by means of four different routes.
The easiest route starts from Crero: from the car park just before the village, through gentle ascents that are never sudden, you reach the bridge in twenty minutes.
The suspension bridge over Lake Garda joins CAI paths 38 and 39 and allows you to walk along the path halfway up the hill, which connects Malcesine to Garda, among olive groves and enchanting views.
The 6 proposed paths will enable you to connect with landscapes of incredible natural beauty and help you start your daily routine with the perfect charge and energy.