Paddling the waters of Garda in the morning silence, before the lake has been moved by the wind, is a very lovely experience. There are many tourist organisations that offer canoeing. Among them are the Societa’ Canottieri Virtus Riva, whose headquarters are located right on the shore of the lake on Sabbioni Beach. Canottieri Virtus also offers the possibility of practicing water sports other than on Garda, such as on Lake Ledro. This lake is an ideal sight for canoeing, so much so that the regional managers of the Federazione Italiana Canoa (Italian Canoeing Federation) have organised a nation-wide event here.
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Windsurfing and Garda are an inseparable duo, as are windsurfing and the Circolo Surf Torbole (Torbole Surfing Club), a club which initiated the sport. On some summer days, the sight of more than one thousand colorful sails ploughing the blue lake is breathtaking, especially if admired from the surrounding mountains. On Garda Trentino there are many schools that teach windsurfing because “flying” on the transparent waters of Garda is an unforgettable experience!Photo by Ronny Kiaulehn.
Sailing is perhaps one of the sports that can best express its potential on the largest body of fresh water in Italy. This sport can count on the unfailing “motor” offered by the winds of the lake, Pelor in the morning and Ora in the afternoon. There are three clubs on the Garda Trentino shores that offer sailing courses and organise numerous regattas during the year: the Fraglia della Vela di Riva del Garda, the Circolo Vela Torbole (Torbole Sailing Club) and the Circolo Vela Arco (Arco Sailing Club), besides some private sailing associations whose addresses can be obtained at the Garda Trentino Tourist Offices (A.P.T.).
Protected by a provincial law that prevents motor navigation, Garda is particularly suitable for swimming. Numerous records have been set in the blue waters of the lake, one of the most recent being the cross-lake swim record set in the summer of 2001 by the Trentino Christian Sartori. There are also numerous swimming facilities, such as the Riva indoor town swimming pool “E. Meroni”, a 25-metre pool with six lanes. The Associazione Amici Nuoto Riva has the Italian 50-metre backstroke champion Maria Luisa Tavernini also among its ranks.
Rivers, torrents, lakes: there is no shortage of places to fish in Garda Trentino. On the Sarca River there are characteristic angles, natural gorges not to difficult to reach, especially in the Marocche territory of Dro. Here there are ravines of rock where all species of lake trout find their natural habitat. The gorge of Limarè, about twenty kilometers from Riva del Garda, is also very picturesque. It starts in Tione and descends to the village of Sarche. Since the waters of Lake Garda are state waters, government fishing licenses, issued by the Province of residency, are valid. Foreigners need a fishing license – 20.66 Euro – which has unlimited validity nationwide. For other lakes and rivers in the Trentino area daily permits, which can be obtained on the spot, are also necessary.
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A canyoning descent is an exciting and unforgettable experience for those who are curious, love the magic of water and uncontaminated nature. It is not necessary to be a great swimmer in order to practice canyoning. However, in order to experience the thrill of a gorge or a canyon in complete safety, it is important not to be afraid of the water and to let yourself be guided by the instructors. Canyoning began in Upper Garda in 1993 thanks to Canyon Adventures, the first agency in Garda and in Italy to specialize in this sport. The headquarters is in Torbole.
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Started a few years ago, it is the sport of the moment-the ideal combination between paragliding and windsurfing. It was launched at Garda by one of the world-wide windsurfing myths, the American Robby Naish, who tested all his products here. The board used is shorter than the one normally used for windsurfing, but the “driving force” is still the wind, which is harnessed in a kite that is actually a small paraglider. Today there are numerous kitesurfing enthusiasts, especially in the Malcesine area, where there is a club dedicated to it: www.kitesurfingclub.com. There are also opportunities to practise this sport in Garda Trentino.Photo by “Foto Sportime”.
The area of Port San Nicolo’, in Riva del Garda, is famous all over the world for being an ideal place to perform dives bringing the lovers of this sport toward a bottom full of recent history. The statue of Christ, realized by the artist Germano Alberti from Riva, is also found at the bottom of Port San Nicolo’ set down at about fifteen meters.
Where to stay in Riva del Garda
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