For roadbike and MtB lovers, Lake Garda is one of the most beautiful destination to enjoy a holiday on the back of their bike.
It’s not a surprise to find here an extensive cycling network, perfect for exploring the lake and constantly upgraded and expanded.
Ciclopista del Garda, Sentiero del Ponale, Giro Alto del Garda are just a few of the countless possibilities.
With a well-connected network of cycle paths, moving around on you bike has never been easier and opting for an active holiday is in reach for everyone.
Holiday to Lake Garda: Ciclopista del Garda, the Europe’s most beautiful cycle path
Ciclopista del Garda. The two-kilometers of the path connect Limone del Garda and Capo Reamol, on the western coast of the lake.
With its unique characteristics, it is considered the most spectacular elevated bike path in Europe.
Built with an overhang structure that holds onto the walls of the mountain in the section where the Western Gardesana passes through the tunnels.
Cyclists may well imagine they are on a road to paradise as it offers breathtaking views of the lake.
Launched in July 2018, it has already become a must-see not only for bike lovers, who have the opportunity of biking 50m above the water level, but for all tourists, families, and children.
The cyclo-pedestrian path of Limone del Garda can be freely accessed 24/7.
It is in fact lit by LED lights built into the railing, that facilitate its crossing during the night and limit light-pollution, creating a fairy-tail like scenery.
To access the cycle path you can leave your car in any of the public parking spaces downtown, like the car park in via Caldogno or on the Marconi lakefront boardwalk.
A plan to expand the bike path to allow it to reach the town of Riva del Garda 12km north is already in action.
Garda by Bike: the project of a cycle path around Lake Garda
It is a cyclist dream: a circular bike path with stunning views over the Lake Garda.
For the ambitious project Garda by Bike, partially existing bike paths will be used and additionally new tracks will be built.
Once completed, it will allow cyclists to bike all around the ring of the lake: a 140km long path hanging over one of the most fascinating lakes in Europe, crossing the three provinces of Brescia, Trento and Verona.
The route is set to be completed in 2021 and with the predicted budget of 102 million euros.
The path should feature both beginner and expert terrain: for example the 27-kilometre hilly stretch between the towns of Gargnano and Limone is going to be skippable via a ferry for the unsure or simply lazier among us.
Links to European cycle routes such as Eurovelo Route 7 and Eurovelo Route 8 are also planned.
The plan is to connect to two major bike routes, the Ciclovia del Sole, a 2,000-km route that connects the Brenner Pass with Sardinia, traversing 11 regions, and the Ciclovia Vento, 680 km along the Po (not yet completed).
The first step will be the conclusion of the works being done in the Alto Garda area that will unite Tremosine, on the Brescian coast, and Brenzone, on the Veronese coast.
Alto Garda Bike trail: a demanding and attracting tour
The northern Lake Garda region is one of the best places in the world for mountain biking.
Surrounded by peaks touching 2000 meters, the northern shore of the lake offers riders the thrill of seemingly endless descents on panoramic paths and forests.
The Alto Garda tour is only suitable for fit and trained bikers.
Wonderful but demanding path due to the altitude difference which is remarkably high.
More than 85km of road and trail cycling through fields and forests in the provinces of Verona and Brescia.
The tour starts in Toscolano Maderno, following the Gardesana in the direction of Gargnano, then crosses Limone and Riva del Garda, where you begin the descent towards the Veronese coast of the lake via Torbole.
Here, the Sarche cycle path starts and follows the River Sarca upstream, linking the lake shore with the Sarca Valley.
Otherwise if you choose to ride directly to Malcesine, you can take a ferry (only from May to September) and return to Limone. In winter Torri del Benaco-Toscolano Maderno is the only route.
Along the way you can take short detours to visit a number of different attractions, points of interest, producers and restaurants who will win you over with the flavours of the upper lake.
Don’t forget to bring your camera: with lakes, castles, woods and orchards, this is an area which sums up all the attractions of Garda Trentino.
Sentiero del Ponale
The best known mtb trail in the northern Lake Garda region is definitely the Sentiero del Ponale, a super panoramic road overlooking the lake and snaking up to Lake Ledro.
Originally built in the second half of the 19th century, it was replaced by a modern tunnel only 20 years ago.
Since 2004 it has been closed to traffic and limited to cyclists and hikers.
Starting from Riva del Garda, the path brings you to the waterfall of the River Ponale through tunnels and fortifications of the first World War.
However, the main attraction of this path are the scenic viewpoints over Lake Garda.
One switchback after another, the lake gets smaller and smaller down in the valley, until the trail crosses over to the Ledro Valley.
Ready for adventures on bike? Lake Garda invites you with its amazing cycling routes.
Thousands surprises for your bike holiday to Lake Garda: not only because of the various bike trails but also for the landscapes and the specialized accommodations that supports your bike holiday and offers high levels of comfort.
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Articolo a cura di Martina Zanetti
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