This is a tour of discovery of the entire northern shore in Garda Trentino: from Purfina beach you paddle first to the east in the direction of Torbole and then head back towards the west and Riva del Garda.
Both on the way out and the way back you get a chance to appreciate the beaches, bays and inlets which make up the lake shore in Garda Trentino, a paradise for windsurfers and sailors who come here from every corner of the world and where SUP boards have been increasingly popular since they made their first appearance a few years ago.
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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", more 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, nature reserve: 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, continue on across the mouth of the River Sarca in the municipality of Torbole where a small stretch of reed beds remains which still shows how the lake front originally looked.
Continue on, admiring the busy beach of Torbole, paddling in front of Pavese Park, until you come to the area called Conca d'Oro, right beside the impressive Adige-Garda tunnel. The beach is the perfect place to catch your breath before heading back in the direction of Riva del Garda.
You will be paddling along the shore, passing little bays and inlets amid lush vegetation. The view of the town of Riva del Garda is truly spectacular and you can admire the Rocca, the Tower Aponale and the main Square before you paddle back to the starting point.
For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes: www.gardatrentino.it
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.