Even though it is a tour which is suited to beginners, it gives you a chance to see all te comings and goings along the lake front of Riva del Garda and Lido di Arco. You will be able to watch all the activity in the water as well s on the beach, mingling with the crowds of watersports enthusiasts enjoying the lakeside in Garda Trentino.
While you are out on the water, if you look closely you will see what is called the water line: the point where the currents of the River Sarca meet those of the lake, with little ripples and a clear difference in the colour of the lake and river water.
Watch out! If you decide to go out on the water in the morning, keep an eye on the conditions of the wind known as the "Pelèr" which blows in the early part of the day. Always check the weather forecast.
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The starting point is Purfina di Riva del Garda, where you can enter the water by means of a slipway; now head in the direction of Torbole, paddling just a few metres from the sheer cliffs before the harbour of San Nicolò. Here you will pass a famous scuba diving training ground, famous for the metal statue of "Silent Christ", moe than 3 metres tall and situated at a depth of 15 metres. The training ground is protected from boats by an effective system of buoys marking the perimeter.
A little further ahead, you come to the slopes of Mount Brione: if you look closely, you may see some of the many nests of waterbirds.
Once you get to the marvellous blue bay, always busy with surfers of every age, go back to the starting point or relax at the beach.
This area is much quieter than the beach in Torbole and is the perfect place to stop off and take a rest on the grass in the shade of the oleanders and maritime pine, just a few metres from the cycle path and Arco Yacht Club.
The towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Torbole sul Garda, Nago and Arco – are connected by a number of urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point or in the immediate surroundings.
For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes: www.gardatrentino.it
Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it
The car park nearest to the point of departure is Porto San Nicolò (pay parking).
Free parking in Riva del Garda at the old hospital (via Rosmini) and the old cemetery (Viale D. Chiesa). Further pay parking at the Public Gardens Porta Orientale, Roman Baths, Viale Lutti (Ex Agraria), Monte Oro, shopping center Blue Garden.