Riva makes a natural starting point for a host of activities, including hiking and biking trails around Monte Rocchetta (1575m), climbing in Arco and canyoning in the Val di Ledro. One of the town's top highlights is the easy 7km hike along La Strada del Ponale.
Thanks to glacial meltwaters, which have worn smooth the limestone mountains surrounding Riva and the Val di Ledro, canyoning here is a fantastic experience offering lots of slides, jumps and abseiling. Both Canyon Adventures and Arco Mountain Guide arrange trips to the Palvico and Rio Nero gorges in the Val di Ledro and the Vione canyon in Tignale.
Surrounded by perfect waves of limestone, Arco is one of Europe’s most popular climbing destinations and is the location of the Rockmaster festival in late August.
With hundreds of routes of all grades to choose from, Arco climbs are divided between short, bolted, single-pitch sports routes and long, Dolomite-style climbs, some extending as much as 1400m. The 300m Zanzara is a world classic, a 7a+ climb directly above the Rockmaster competition wall.
For information on climbing courses and routes contact Arco Mountain Guide.
Along the gorgeous landscaped lakefront gentle pursuits are possible such as swimming, sunbathing and cycling the 3km lakeside path to Torbole. The water here is safe for small children, and there are numerous play areas set back from the water. Like its neighbour Torbole, Riva is well known for windsurfing and has several schools that hire out equipment on Porfina Beach.
Fleets of operators provide equipment hire and tuition along the lakefronts in Riva and Torbole. One of the largest is Surfsegnana, which operates from Lido di Torbole and Porfina Beach in Riva.