Easter on Lake Garda: how to Organize a Dream Getaway

Easter holidays, combined with the blossoming spring, are always the perfect opportunity to plan a trip or a weekend getaway, even better if it's on Lake Garda.

With its Mediterranean climate featuring hot, dry summers and mild winters, during the Easter period the temperatures on Lake Garda are still quite fresh compared to the peak of summer, making it perfectly enjoyable and ideal for visiting medieval villages, art cities, and engaging in outdoor adventures.

Let's see together what to do at Easter on Lake Garda.

What to do at Easter on Lake Garda

Boat Trip on the Lake

Regardless of the time and season, one of the best things to do on Lake Garda is a boat trip. Even at Easter, this is one of the preferred choices by thousands of tourists who decide to board a boat for a tour around the lake, exploring some of the beautiful towns located along the shores, and experiencing the style and flavors of local life.

One of the most beautiful towns to visit during a boat trip on Lake Garda is undoubtedly Salò. Another delightful destination is Riva Del Garda, surrounded by splendid mountains on the northern shore of the lake, and accessible with a day trip from Salò or other tourist towns like Malcesine or Limone sul Garda.

These boat trips are best enjoyed between the end of March and April when one can relish the spectacular views of the lake landscape without having to endure the throng of tourists.

Boat tour on Lake di Garda with Beeboatservice

Easter Monday Picnic on Lake Garda

A simple and economical activity to do at Easter with children for a family weekend is the classic picnic, which allows you to take advantage of the first sunny spring days to wear short sleeves.

Some of the favorite destinations for this kind of activity are the beaches and the Rocca di Manerba, as well as the wonderful Sigurtà Garden Park in Valeggio sul Mincio, where you can spend a day immersed in nature.

Spring Blooms

Visiting Lake Garda at Easter offers the opportunity to admire the beautiful spring flowers of the area in full bloom, as is the case with the aforementioned Sigurtà Park. The mild climate of the region allows numerous floral species typical of the Mediterranean to thrive.

The splendid Hruska Gardens of the André Heller Foundation, located on the hills behind the municipality of Gardone Riviera, on the western shore of Garda, are home to a wide variety of beautiful flowers. This botanical garden also features splendid waterfalls, streams, and ponds with carp.

Hruska Gardens of the André Heller Foundation

Hiking Trails

Given its stunning natural landscape, Lake Garda is the perfect place for hiking. The western shore of the lake is rich in fantastic trails suitable for hikers of all levels.

Those who prefer an easy hike can opt for the small town of Malcesine, nestled between the lake and Monte Baldo. The walk lasts almost an hour and offers the reward of a panoramic view of the village and its Scaliger Castle. At sunset, the village becomes magical, with its sea of lights beautifully reflecting on Lake Garda.

Another popular hiking trail to tackle at Easter is the Sentiero del Ventrar on Monte Baldo. Characterized by barren rocks and wonderful gorges, this route has everything a trekking enthusiast could ever wish for. The path leads along narrow trails flanked by metal ropes, making it ideal for adventurous and experienced hikers.

For families with small children or the elderly, the summit of Monte Baldo is also accessible thanks to the cable car that connects it with Malcesine.

Monte Baldo and panorama of Lake Garda

Local and Cultural Traditions

The Easter markets organized in the villages surrounding the lake offer the chance to discover artisanal products, local culinary specialties, and unique souvenirs that will make the Easter trip even more special.

The Easter weekend is also an opportunity to experience the solemn atmosphere of religious celebrations in local churches, such as the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) staged in Brenzone sul Garda, but also to take advantage of the culinary delights offered by the local cuisine: during this period, you can taste the traditional fiadoni, triangular or crescent-shaped sweets originating from the province of Brescia.

The village of Pieve di Tremosine, on the other hand, is the setting for "S-ciapì", a traditional game where challengers, armed with a hard-boiled egg, must try to smash their opponent's egg while keeping their own intact.

Tremosine on Lake Garda

Easter Events on Lake Garda 2024

Among the many events organized at Lake Garda for Easter 2024, we find the Bardolino Easter Festival, a festival with music and folklore that officially opens the 2024 tourist season on the lake.

Hotels with Thermal Baths, Wellness Centers, and Spas are offering various deals for Easter, with three-day, two-night packages for a romantic getaway, or even just day passes to the thermal baths to take a break from work.

The Climate of Lake Garda at Easter

Between late March and early April, Lake Garda has an average daytime temperature of 14ºC (57ºF), making this period pleasantly mild. During the warmest hours of the afternoon, temperatures can reach up to 20ºC (68ºF), while at night, the temperature can drop to 9ºC (48ºF).

It is worth remembering that the weather on Lake Garda in April can become unpredictable, with occasional rain showers. Therefore, it is a good idea to bring along a raincoat or windbreaker so you can continue to enjoy the outdoors on rainy days.

It's recommended to pack both light shirts and dresses as well as a warm sweater. This way, you will feel comfortable in any weather condition.

Credits: garden image taken from the website https://hellergarden.com/