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SUP TOUR: 5. Ca' Rossa
Riva del Garda
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A SUP tour, to enjoy the view of the beach and the centre of Riva del Garda from a much better perspective – from Lake Garda.

If you want to start the day with a SUP outing and watch the town centre wake up from the water, this is the tour for you!

From the start of the trip you go along the lake shore: you will find it full of sporty types in the early morning, taking advantage of the quiet and the cool temperatures, out for a run along the promenade or paddling across the calm water. As you draw closer to the town centre you will find another kind of early birds: people who like to read the newspaper sitting on a bench overlooking the lake or get all their morning errands done while getting the day off to a quiet start.

The tour continues, presenting you with a picture postcard view of the centre of Riva, until you come to the little beach on the D'Annunzio promenade where you can take a rest before starting out on the return trip

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3,5 km
Activity time
45 min
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Highest point
62 m
Lowest point
62 m
Visit the monumental Hydroelectric Power Plant in Riva, on the shores of Lake Garda. 
Safety guidelines

7 Tips to SUP in safety

  • Always find out about the winds, weather and water conditions. The lake is subject to currents and steady winds which in the afternoon can make the water rough so that sup becomes difficult for beginners.
  • If you are planning solo sessions, always tell some where you are going and what time you are leaving. Use schools or the sup club as a base.
  • Keep to the coast but stay 500/600m from the shore and the cliffs where there might be rock falls.
  • It is important to know how to swim in rough water and have the right equipment and proper clothing for the weather conditions. You must use a sup board with a volume suited to your abilities and wear an CE approved personal buoyancy aid.
  • Always tie on the leash; the coast or shore might be far away and in case of problems you should never abandon the sup.
  • Find out about any local ordinances and ask locals for advice
  • Enjoy yourself. Sup combines a love of sport and nature and the beauty of Garda Trentino.

The information on this chart is subject to inevitable variations, so this means that none of the indications are absolute. It is not entirely possible to avoid giving inexact or imprecise information, given how quickly environmental and weather conditions can change. For this reason we decline any responsibility for changes which the user may encounter. In any case,  the hiker is advised to check the conditions of the places, environment and weather before setting out.

Punto di partenza
Purfina Beach - Riva del Garda

You leave from the slipway on the beach (Purfina) and paddle along the lovely beach of Riva del Garda  in the direction of Sabbioni until you come to where the Rio Albola and Varone rivers merge and create a spectacular gravelly sandbank. The tropical colours blend with the alpine tones giving this place a magical feel.

Start off again and you can already glimpse Ca’ Rossa, keep paddling in this direction cutting across the area where boats are banned in the lovely gulf of Riva. Once you get to your destination you can explore the sheer walls and take a well-earned rest on the lovely little beach which lies below the D’Annunzio promenade.

From here you head straight back to Purfina. 

public transportation

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

How to get there

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it

Where to park

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.

In spring and summer you are advised to wear a semi-drysuit, in summer all you need is a swimsuit and lycra suit. You always need to wear a life jacket. 
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