A tour which winds along the lake front, following the northern shore of Lake Garda from Riva to Torbole. Just a few kilometres long but offering you a chance to appreciate all the riches the lake has to offer: a training area for divers, the rocky slopes of Mount Brione, the mouth of the RIver Sarca with its reed beds and finally, a nice beach where you can take a break in the sunshine.
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, 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 was actually built using the rubble which came from the excavation of the tunnel through which the River Adige flows into the lake and is open in periods of flood in order to allow water to drain away. The beach is the perfect place to catch your breath before heading back again, cutting across the lake to the point where you started from.
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.