Punta San Vigilio

Lake Garda

The leafy headland of Punta San Vigilio curls out into the lake 3km north of Garda. An avenue of cypress trees leads from the car park towards a gorgeous crescent of bay backed by olive groves. There the Parco Baia delle Sirene offers sun loungers beneath the trees; there's also a children's play area.

Entry is free at sunset. Alternatively, from the car park walk north a short distance and head off down the paths to a couple of smaller, quieter public coves.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

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1. Parco Baia delle Sirene

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The privately owned Parco Baia delle Sirene rents sun loungers beneath the trees on Punta San Vigilio's beach. Entry is free at sunset.

2. Market

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4. Chiesa dei Santi Pietro e Paolo

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5. Pieve di San Zeno

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6. Museo del Vino

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8. Isola del Garda

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