Lake Garda Italy

Camping around Lake Garda

Taking a camping holiday is one of the most popular forms of holiday break at Lake Garda in northern Italy. Italy's largest lake has substantial proportions of visitors from European countries like Germany, Austria and the Netherlands, many of whom take the lengthy but relatively simple journey down the motorways from the north in their own camper van and motorhome transportation.

Camping has also traditionally been a popular solution for family holidays, and Lake Garda is blessed with plenty of things to keep children occupied. One of Italy's largest amusement parks is even built on the eastern shore of the lake.

But it is not obligatory to leave the campsite to keep the younger members of the family happy - quite a few of the campsites around the lake offer a swimming pool complex with facilities such as water slides.

Campsite at Lake Garda in northern Italy
Campsite at Lake Garda in northern Italy

Camping on Lake Garda's southern shore

Over to the east on the southern shore, Sirmione is by far the most popular tourist destination. But when it comes to camping then neighbouring Peschiera del Garda takes the top spot. The town is easily reached from the motorway junction at Verona and has its own train station. Perhaps even more importantly, it is one of the closest Lake Garda resorts to the amusement park rides at Gardaland.

On the other side of the lake, in the south-western corner, there are a cluster of villages in a quiet area which is often bypassed by visitors using the main roads. But locations such as Moniga del Garda, Manerba del Garda and San Felice del Benaco offer one camping village after another along the flat shoreline.

Take a closer look at the camping options on our dedicated Peschiera website or check current availability through the links below.

Choose a campsite in:

Peschiera del Garda | Manerba del Garda | San Felice del Benaco

Moniga del Garda at the south-western corner of Lake Garda
Moniga del Garda at the south-western corner of Lake Garda

Campsites on the western side of Lake Garda

Progressing further north up the western shore, the lake becomes narrower and the flat land available for camping becomes more limited. There are a few camping areas around Maderno, where the car ferry crosses the lake from Torri del Benaco on the eastern shore, and further up at the village of Limone, with its lemon-gowing racks and winding streets.

The limonaia at Limone sul Garda
The limonaia at Limone sul Garda

Camping at the northern end of Lake Garda

There is more space for campsites at the northern end of the lake, where the Sarca stream runs through Arco down to the lakeside at Nago-Torbole. This area is also a centre for rock climbers, windsurfers and kitesurfing, so there is a demand for places to pitch a tent or draw up a camper van from the younger more active visitors.

The northern end of Lake Garda
The northern end of Lake Garda

Camping on Lake Garda's eastern shore

The eastern shoreline north of Malcesine and between Malcesine and Brenzone probably has the highest concentration of campsite on Lake Garda. Malcesine has the attraction of the cable car up to Monte Baldo with its hikes and the options for mountain biking and paragliding.

This part of the lake is also an attractive area for water sports with wind that is a little milder than the sometimes strong gusts further north.

Windsurfing on Lake Garda
Windsurfing on Lake Garda

Lower down the lake towards the southern end is the flatter area full of olive groves and vineyards around Bardolino and Lazise. Here many of the campsites can offer a private beach or access to the renowned lakeside promenade which runs alongside the water.

South of Lazise, the campgrounds offer the closest access to the Gardaland amusement park for those who have arrived for a family visit.

View over the Gardaland amusement park at the south-eastern corner of Lake Garda
View over the Gardaland amusement park at the south-eastern corner of Lake Garda