Great beaches, a ton of watersports, and a beautiful old town long-favoured by artists - there’s so much to see and do on holidays to Torbole.
Truly lakes and mountains
Sitting at the northern end of Lake Garda, Torbole offers wonderful views down the lake and a magnificent mountain backdrop.
The town's harbour is at its centre, surrounded by attractive terracotta tiled buildings and picturesque piazzas. You can catch a ferry from here or make like a local and cycle between the villages along the lakeside promenade. It’s the perfect way to work off the delicious local cuisine, and you can admire the spectacle of a sailing regatta or windsurfers out on the lake on your way.
Head higher for the best views
The hamlet of Nago, where the Hotel Continental is located, sits above the main town of Torbole so the views are truly outstanding. This is a lovely spot in which to relax and unwind and perhaps enjoy some walking or biking in the surrounding mountains. A bus service links the hamlet to Torbole on most days, but it’s worth remembering that they rarely run on Sundays.
Out and about
• Lakeside promenade
• Lake bathing
• Cycle routes
• Natural caves
Things to See and Do in Torbole
Sport on the water
Al Cor and Lido Blu are both pebble beaches with grass areas. Facilities include snack bars and restaurants, plus showers and toilets. Sun loungers are available to rent, too. Torbole is known for its watersports – take a beginner lesson in windsurfing or kitesurfing, or relax on the shore and watch the pros out on the water.
Head to Riva beach
If you’re looking for a change of scenery, cycle or walk along the lakefront promenade to Riva. Riva has some of the largest pebble and grass beaches of the north - Pini beach, or Pine Beach, and Spiaggia Sabbioni. Both beaches have bars and cafés, playgrounds, floating platforms, sun lounger rental and showers.
Fancy a dip?
The Sarca River is the main inlet of Lake Garda. The source is high up in the mountains and, for much of the year, the water is snow melt - so not only is it extremely clear, but it's also wonderfully refreshing for a dip on a hot summer’s day.
To pick up holiday bargains, the market is the place to be. Every Tuesday morning from around 8am to 2pm, you’ll find a variety of products including traditional Italian pottery, clothing, leather goods, gifts and souvenirs. While the market is not as cheap as you may think, the quality of the products is really good.
Torbole has a great selection of shops, many of which stock surf gear and activewear. There’s a Rip Curl store and Quicksilver store for clothing, walking gear and footwear, alongside shops offering leather goods, jewellery, and souvenirs. For a larger range, the Blue Garden Shopping Centre in Riva has over 40 shops to browse.
As Torbole is more of an active town, it doesn’t have many high-end stores offering designer brands. Along the promenade or road into Riva, you’ll find stores such as Guess, Jack Wolfskin, Armani, United Colors of Benetton and Calvin Klein Jeans. If you’re looking to spend some serious money, take a trip to Verona for the likes of Gucci, Versace and Prada.
The lakefront promenade is ideal for taking an evening stroll with an ice cream in hand. Watch the lights twinkling from nearby towns and listen to the water lapping over the pebbles. For a relaxed bar in town, Aurora has a large garden area full of comfy beanbags.
To cater for the many watersports fans who flock to Torbole in summer, many bars offer happy hours and there’s often live music. Wind’s Bar on the main road is open until 2am and has a lively atmosphere and refreshing cocktails. The Aurora Lounge Bar often hosts bands and DJ sets on a weekly basis.
In Torbole, as with most of the other Lake Garda resorts, Italian cuisine dominates, and here you can find pizza and pasta from as little as €5 a dish. As the town is located on the northern part of the lake, most restaurants have spectacular views of not only the lake, but the mountains too. There are lots of informal cafes and restaurants on the lakefront, as well as up in the hills of Nago-Torbole.
Drinks and snacks at Bar alla Sega
On the beach and with gorgeous views of the lake and the surrounding mountains, Bar alla Sega is lovely for some quiet drinks and snacks. The bar itself is contemporary and has a retractable roof, and serves everything from sandwiches to ice cream.
Pizzas, pastas and seafood at Al Pescatore
Just off the waterfront is Al Pescatore, which serves up large pizzas in creative shapes, and with a variety of toppings, at an extremely good price. If you don’t fancy pizza, then they also offer pasta, risotto and seafood dishes.
A wine for each dish at Aqua Ristorante
Part of the Hotel Lago di Garda, and with fantastic views of the water, Aqua Ristorante is a modern but elegant restaurant with a charming atmosphere. Customers love their seafood platters and they have a good wine selection to go with every dish.
Torbole is home to wide, open piazzas and a bustling harbour – easy to navigate on foot. The lakeside promenade stretches for 3km all the way to Riva, a must-do walk for any visitors to the area.
Steamers and hydrofoils run from Torbole to most of the other towns on the lake, including Riva (15 minutes), Limone (30 minutes) and Malcesine (50 minutes). Faster services run from Riva to the southern towns.
The nearest stations are in Rovereto (30 minutes by bus) and Peschiera – from either, you can jump on a train to Venice (1.5-2.5 hours) or Verona (20 minutes - 1 hour). From Peschiera, you can also get a train to Milan (1 hour 10 minutes).
A local service runs through town and to the hillside hamlet of Nago, a few minutes away. You can also get to Rovereto, Mori, Riva, Arco and Bolognano. Buses don’t normally run on Sundays.
Torbole is a wonderfully picturesque place for exploring on foot. The harbour is the hub of the village and, from there, you can follow the lakeside promenade towards Riva, stopping along the way to relax on the beach or watch watersports on the lake. You can also head inland to wander through the olive groves and vineyards that surround the town, or go further into the foothills of the Monte Baldo for more challenging mountain walks. A favourite is the scenic route up to Penede Castle near the hamlet of Nago.
Torbole to Riva
The ideal place to start your exploration is the lakeside promenade. It winds 3km along the shore, all the way to Riva. From the harbour, turn right and follow the path. You’ll cross the River Sarca and pass the Monte Brione – the little mountain. Riva is home to lots of boutiques, restaurants and historic buildings – a lovely place to spend the day. The walk takes about 40 minutes, and you can catch the bus or ferry back to Torbole if you want.
Torbole to Nago and back
A more challenging route that winds inland from Torbole to the hamlet of Nago, 4km away. Along the way, you’ll have fantastic views of the lake and the Monte Brione. Take your time wandering around Nago – and you could take a detour to see the Marmitte dei Giganti, a huge crater caused by a whirlpool in the last ice age. The route back takes you into the Santa Lucia Valley, past ancient olive groves and below the famous Penede Castle.
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