Lake Garda

pygocentrus

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We have decided on Lake Garda for our first Motorhome Holiday starting Tuesday the 29th July. My wife, I and my 15 month old daughter will be travelling.
Couple of questions pls -

Recommended sites for our family and a 7m Motorhome around Lake Garda?
Wife wants to go through Luxembourg to get there..... from calais, is there a great route?

Thanks in advance guys

Gav
 

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We stayed at Camping Serenella at Bardolino. Lovely site, 1km from Garda, and 1km from Bardolino, Camp site is on the shores of the lake with a cycle path between the lake and the back gate of the campsite. We stayed for three nights mid June, and it was quite busy then, so I would imagine it would be REALLY busy when you go there. We got there on a Thursday and we had the last but one ACSI pitch available, so booking would definitely be advisable. Lake Garda is huge, so you have a lot of sites to pick from. Bardolino and Garda are lovely towns, with lots going on. We did a boat trip around the south of the Lake, taking in Sirmione, Peschiera, and Lazise which was brilliant value for money.

Another Funster recommended Lake Caldonazzo to us, as it was quieter and not as commercialised as Garda, so that would be worth a look as well. We will be going to Caldonazzo on our next Italian trip. I think there are parts of Garda that are very commercialised, but we found Bardolino and Garda just right for us. Enough restaurants and pizzarias to pick from without being too tacky!

Wherever you pick - have fun researching and looking forward to it!
 

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Brussels can be a nightmare if you time it wrong and keeping to your route around there is rather challenging even with a satnav (assuming you have satnav for Europe?). I prefer a route via Lille, Charleroi, Namur. Luxembourg always used to be worth a diversion to fill your tank as it was so much cheaper (check fuel prices online before you travel) and I bet the wife knows there's an Ikea near Arlon on the E25 / A4 just before the Belgium/Luxembourg border. If you are prepared to risk carting flatpacks for the rest of your trip it's a stop with familiar play area, toilet facilities, meatballs or continental breakfasts and kiddies menu with highchairs if you can suss out the offers. If it's wet it would be a useful stop to stretch legs and let littl'un run wild (isn't that what Ikeas are for??)
 

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The heart of Garda is Peschiera del Garda. It's the boat base, got a main line train station and buses.

Loads of camp sites. Some full. There is a car park like aire too.

I doubt you'll get in Butterfly. Try Cappuccino.
 

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I'm sure they are allowed on the lake. The campsite has a boat rental business as well, so they must be. As Brian said Peschiera del Garda is a lovely place, although we did see an amusement park 'Gardaland' was quite close by, so don't know how busy that would make it on the dates you are going. Going by how busy it was when we were there mid June, I would think most of Garda would be full to bursting at the end of July - sorry to be pessimistic but there it is.
 

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kayakes are allowed on the lake like brian says Peschiera del Garda the best site there although can be expensive is bella italia you get to chose your pitch and if like us it will be right on the lake waking up each morning to beauty the restaurant on the site is great and not expensive easy walking along the lake to the small town i would recommend you book as garda will prolly be extremly busy the route we normally take if not going through germany is france belguim luxembourg back into france then swiss then into italy fuel stops at lux and swiss if you want any more info pm me
http://www.viamichelin.co.uk/web/Routes?intItineraryType=0&isAvoidVignette=false&caravaneHidden=true&vh=CAR&strDestLocid=31NDFrcDYxMGNORFV1TkRNNU16az1jTVRBdU5qa3lNRFU9&isFavoriseAutoroute=true&carbCost=1.6&isAvoidFrontiers=false&distance=mi&empriseH=275&reinit=true&strStep1Locid=31NDFzdXcxMGNORGt1TmpBNU9Uaz1jTmk0eE1qazJOUT09&indemnite=0&strStartLocid=31NDJxdzgxMGNOVEF1T1RVNE1ERT1jTVM0NE5USTBOQT09&dtmDeparture=2014-05-07&empriseW=315&strVehicle=0&Fp=&devise=GBP&Fl=0&isAvoidPeage=false&isAvoidLNR=false
the view from our pitch
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We stayed at Campsite Butterfly earlier this year - absolutely hated it. Huge site, all very pristine but very bureaucratic - even wanted to see our dogs passport, pitches not very big and vans packed in. Only views you have are of other vans/static homes. I really would suggest trying one of the smaller lakes.
 

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why try a smaller lake because of 1 bad camp ?
 

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Sister-in-law married an Italian gentleman (but we won't hold that against her) and they will be retiring to Tuscany in a couple of years. I'm filing the Lake Garda info away as we will be going to see them on a regular basis - we hope!
 

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Just returned from Garda and stayed at Bella Italia (Butterfly was full). Very big site but plenty of touring pitches available although you will probably be advised to pre book in July. We had a pitch overlooking the lake.
Great facilities on site, restaurant, supermarket, 6-7 outdoor pools and direct access onto the beach. About 15-20 min walk along the lakeside into Pescheira.
We took the train into Venice on Saturday as tickets were buy one get one free.
Route we took was Lillie, Charleroi , Luxembourg (diesel €1.20 litre) Metz into Switzerland. Roads were fine (barring the pot holes in Belgium) and toll free apart from a vignette in Switzerland and €9.40 in Italy.
 

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yeah the pot holes in belguim caused me a blowout still thats just 1 downside rest was great
 
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