Lake Garda On a Budget
ActivitiesAs Lake Garda is such an expansive body of water, its beaches each attain their own identifiable character, from golden sands to rocky shores. While most of the natural beaches of Lake Garda are quite pebbly, there are still some prize-winning shores to be found. One of the most popular beaches of Lake Garda in Lazise Beach located on the coast south of Lazise. With sandy shores, many areas of the beach are owned by Camping Spiaggia d'Oro (website) and require small fees to gain access. However, there are many parts of the beach that are free admission, though it can get quite crowded during the months from June to August. However, if you want your slice of paradise to be a little less crowded, it may not be a bad idea to venture to Spiaggia Baia del Vento located near San Felice del Benaco. With sand as equally soft as Lazise Beach and minimal crowds, Spiaggia works as a great beach for those that want some tranquility as they sunbathe or swim. Canoes and pedal boats can be rented on the beach, and there is a pizzeria nearby called Baia del Vento, which has reasonably priced food. Soak up the sun at Lake Garda!
Also, if you want to get away from the lake and beaches, get your thrills and chills at Gardaland! Gardaland opened in July 1975 and continues to be the heart of entertainment for many north-eastern Italians as well as general tourists, attracting about three million visitors each year. It's a great thing to do if you're visiting Italy with your kids, too. Though adjacent to Lake Garda, Gardaland does not face this gorgeous lake. However, with so much to do within the park, you will find you hardly notice! Gardaland is a complex of an amusement park, resorts and restaurants, and marine park. With so much to do and Gardaland expanding to an area of 445 meters squared, you will be sure to get your exercise. Ranked fifth in the top ten amusement parks of in the world according to Forbes Magazine and in 2011, the eighth popular amusement park in Europe, Gardaland has a wide variety of attractions, including Mammut, Jungle Rapids, Fuga Da Atlantide, Blue Tornado, Ramses: Il Risveglio, Raptor, and Oblivion: The Black Hole. Tickets for the amusement park run around €25, while tickets for the marine park run about €15. However, be sure to check out Garland's website as they have many different deals you can take advantage of during the seasons. Let your heart race at Gardaland!
TransportationIf you are looking to get around the many metropolises that surround Lake Garda but do not wish to burden yourself with car rental companies, these cities can easily be reached by bus. Certain cities, like Venice or Milan, use specific travel agencies like regional ATV or Arriva, so be sure to do your research ahead of time. There are also lake ferries found throughout the towns that border on the shores of Lake Garda. Each ferry company's number of services depend on the season, with lesser numbers during the spring and autumn months. From historic paddle steamers to hydrofoils, the prices vary depending on what part of lake you wish to go to with the south of lake being 23.40, the north of lake being 20.50, and the whole of lake being 34.30. Many towns acquire a lakeside path that allows you the opportunity to combine walking with a ferry trip. Have a marvelous time at Lake Garda!
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