February 14, 2005
To reach the beach from the main piazza in Riva turn towards the lake and follow the left path past Hotel del Sole and continue until you see the small fortified building on its own island (know to locals as La Rocca). Continue to follow this wide path along the lakeshore. You should pass a series of wooden stalls selling handicrafts, a restaurant/ice cream bar and a small outfit renting out pedalos. The beach is immediately over the wooden bridge in front of you.
The narrow, but picturesque, beach is divided into two parts separated by a winding path. Running along the top of the path is a well-kept grass area with well-shaded areas and the occasional bench. Below the path on the lakeside is a smooth pebble beach that runs into the deep blue waters of Lake Garda. The beach stretches out for some 500 metres and continues – after a brief interruption – towards Torbole (the neighbouring town).
The beauty of the beach at Riva del Garda is the sheer quantities of activities available. All manner of wind/water sport equipment is available for hire along the beach (just follow the path out towards Torbole). You can rent windsurfs, sailboats, kayaks and canoes. If none of these are to your taste there are floating platforms a short distance from the beach – a nice place to survey the beach from.
The main problem I have with Riva del Garda (and it is just a small one) is the coolness of the Lake. The deep lake is fed by glacial streams so the temperature of Lake Garda seldom goes above 15C. That said it is quite refreshing and invigorating, especially on a hot summer’s day.
The beach at Riva del Garda is well serviced. Along the main road - 50 metres or so back form the beach - there are several Mini Marts and Supermarkets selling sandwich stuff, passable restaurants and numerous supply stores selling sunscreen, inflatables, and swimwear. Mountain bikes can also be rented along this road.
From journal Getaway to Lake Garda