- Make a splash learning to windsurf and mingle with the locals in bustling cafés
- A classy resort offering adrenaline rushes and designer shopping in equal measure
- Set at the northern end of Lake Garda with superb mountain scenery and a warm Mediterranean climate
• Coach transfer • Car hire • Private transfer
Verona · 91km · 2hours
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Culture and history
Sports and activities
So what's it like?
Riva enjoys an ideal situation with superb mountain scenery and a warm Mediterranean climate, where luxuriant flowers flourish. It is the ideal holiday destination and is suitable for all ages. The old town is a maze of narrow streets bursting with inviting shops, relaxing cafés and scores of friendly locals.
Relax and discover
A melting pot of cultures, Riva was once part of the Venetian and Austro-Hungarian empires before finally becoming part of Italy in 1918. Fortresses defending the town were built as early as 1124, churches and intricate architecture are intact and a delight to stumble upon.
If you've not got time for a week long holiday, or just fancy a few extra days away, then our short breaks are the perfect choice. 3 and 4 night short breaks are available in Riva at the Hotel Astoria Park, Hotel Riva and Hotel Mirage.
For those who want to get their pulses racing, try biking, windsurfing, dinghy sailing or kayaking. We also recommend exploring the well marked local cycle paths leading you around vineyards, the Varone waterfalls and the village of Arco.
Jam packed with walking routes for all levels, whether you want to hike up to the Chapel of St Barbara or take a leisurely walk along the Sarca river to Arco for a delicious Italian ice cream. Try a walk up to the Bastione fortress nestled at the foot of Mount Rocchetta for breathtaking views of Piazza Catena and the Apponale tower below.
Glasses of Prosecco and ice creams are the order of the day in Riva, nothing beats relaxing on a warm summer evening, drink in hand as you watch the sun set. Those who want to party into the small hours will find plenty of late night bars popular with locals and tourists alike.
Tucked away at the northern tip of the lake, Riva is linked to other lake resorts by the efficient system of lake ferries and hydrofoils. Otherwise hire a bike and cycle to the nearby resorts of Torbole and Arco. A regular bus service also serves the town, either going down the east of the lake as far as Peschiera or down the west of the lake to Desenzano.
If you want to get away from it all, but can't spare seven days, we have three and four night short breaks available in Riva at certain hotels throughout the resort.
Twin centre suggestion
Why not combine a stay at the Hotel Du Lac et du Parc in Riva with a stay at the Hotel Gran Baita in Selva; call us to book this perfect combination for those wishing to experience the Italian lakes with a stay in the Italian Dolomites. Transfer to your second centre by coach or minibus which may be via Verona Airport.
Special offers for summer 15
Pre-book any two full day excursions per person and receive a €20 discount in resort for use against a third excursion of your choice. Pre-book any three full day excursions per person and receive a €30 discount in resort for use against a fourth excursion of your choice.
Special offers this summer
Pre-book any two full day excursions per person and receive a €20 discount in resort for use against a third excursion of your choice booked in resort. Pre-book any three full day excursions per person and receive a €30 discount in resort for use against a fourth excursion booked in resort of your choice.