Lake Garda's Enchanting Bike Paths: exploring the Lake on two Wheels

Lake Garda is one of the most interesting destinations for cyclists and lovers of two wheels in general: its territory is vast and full of routes and bike paths capable of satisfying any need. Garda, in fact, is surrounded by mountains to the north with forest trails suitable for mountain biking; to the south, there are hills and vineyards to wander through with the family, and it also has many flat sections, perfect for a relaxing afternoon.

The gentle curves of the Lake Garda bike paths wind like silver threads between picturesque towns and ancient olive trees, offering an unforgettable experience to anyone wishing to explore this wonderful region on a bicycle. The lake, with its crystal-clear waters reflecting the intense green of the surrounding hills, creates a charming backdrop for every ride along its shores.

Passing through places like Malcesine and Limone sul Garda, cyclists can stop to enjoy the local cuisine in restaurants along the way. The fresh flavors of citrus and local olive oil are a true ode to the senses, offering a refreshing break before continuing the adventure on the road.

Here are the best cycling routes to enjoy the stunning landscapes of Lake Garda.

Cycling routes on the western shore of Lake Garda, in Lombardy

The suspended bike path of Limone

The bike and pedestrian path of Limone sul Garda is very short and easy, but it really deserves a visit for its breathtaking scenery: when it was inaugurated in 2018, it was defined as "the most beautiful bike path in Europe."

And for good reason: this bike path is built overhanging the lake, suspended between sky and water. To this day, the Limone sul Garda bike path remains rather short (2.5 km), so much so that it can easily be walked on foot, but it will soon reach Riva del Garda, with a 10 km long route.

Bike Path Limone sul Garda

Valtenesi Bike Path

This challenging route is ideal for those who want to spend an afternoon discovering the castles and hills of western Lake Garda. In total, this bike path of Garda stretches for 48 km between the towns of Salò, Manerba, Moniga, Padenghe, and Puegnago, taking about 3 and a half hours to complete.

The Valtenesi area is known for the production of the wine of the same name, so it is recommended not to miss the opportunity to taste it, perhaps as an aperitif after a strenuous ride.

Cycling routes on the eastern shore of Lake Garda, in Veneto

Lazise-Punta San Vigilio Pedestrian and Bike Path

The Lake Garda bike path from Lazise to Punta San Vigilio (Garda) is 10 km long and is very easy, but also very scenic: it starts from Lazise, and runs along the lake northwards, arriving at Punta San Vigilio, a spectacular bay with a small port and a church.

Punta San Vigilio is the scene of one of Titian's most famous paintings, Sacred and Profane Love. This bike path is ideal to travel in spring, perhaps during the Easter weekend, when the sun is shining but the tourists have not yet invaded the lakeside.

The Mincio Bike Path

This is a very scenic bike path of Garda that winds through hills and plains. The first part, in particular, winds through the vineyards of Custoza wine. Most of the route is on a dirt road, so it is recommended to use a mountain bike.

The trail starts from Peschiera del Garda, on the southern shore of the Lake, and heads south, passing through Monzambano, to Valeggio sul Mincio, a very picturesque village. From here, you can choose whether to continue to Mantua or return to Peschiera to close a loop of about 45 kilometers.

Malcesine and Monte Baldo

This is probably one of the most challenging bike trails of Lake Garda, but it is also one of the most spectacular: the elevation gain is significant, as the trail goes up and down Monte Baldo, reaching an altitude of over 2,000 meters in a few hours.

It is recommended to travel this bike path of Lake Garda in the summer months from May to September.

Cycle path on Lake Garda panorama

Cycling Routes on the Upper Lake Garda, in Trentino

Via del Ponale

The Ponale Road is one of the most famous routes in upper Lake Garda: it was built in the mid-19th century to connect Riva del Garda with the Ledro Valley and the small Lake Ledro, to the northwest of Lake Garda.

Much of the route overlooks the lake, offering therefore a spectacular view of Upper Garda. The route is not difficult at all, so for those who are in Riva del Garda, it definitely deserves a visit.

The Lake Tenno Bike Path

This Garda bike path does not present particular difficulties, but there are some challenging uphill sections, so it is recommended for those who are already familiar with cycling.

It winds through vineyards and olive groves, offering postcard views both on Lake Garda and on the small jewel of Lake Tenno. For those who make it up here by bike, there is the reward of a refreshing dip in its turquoise waters.

Bike path in Riva del Garda

Garda by Bike

The various segments of bike paths around Garda will soon become part of an ambitious project called "Garda by bike": by 2026, it will be possible to cycle around the entire perimeter of Lake Garda, totaling 140 km of bike paths. There are also planned connections with the European cycle paths Eurovelo Route 7 and Route 8.

For cycling enthusiasts, an event not to be missed is the Bike Festival in Riva del Garda, which in 2024 will take place from May 2nd to May 5th.

The serene atmosphere and the harmony between man and nature make the Lake Garda bike paths a true gem for lovers of two wheels. Cycling along these roads offers not only the chance to stay fit but also the opportunity to immerse oneself in the breathtaking beauty of one of the most enchanting places in Italy.