A Floating Cycle Path Is Opening in the Hills of Lake Garda

Cyclists take a break on a beach in Lake Garda | © gorillaimages / Shutterstock
Cyclists take a break on a beach in Lake Garda | © gorillaimages / Shutterstock
A new stretch of the spectacular floating cycle path in the hills surrounding Lake Garda will be unveiled the second week of May this year.

The ‘Ciclabile di Limone sul Garda’, with stunning alpine vistas, turquoise lake and varying inclines, is already one of the most popular cycling destinations in central Europe. The new infrastructure aims to improve the experience for existing cycling enthusiasts, as well as attracting less experienced riders.

The recently completed section of what is known as ‘The Garda Cycle Ring’ hugs the cliff face and is suspended over the water, designed to give cyclists the feeling that they are floating over the lake. The unique design offers unparalleled views and also means visitors can avoid more difficult or rugged parts of the trail, accommodating all levels of cycling proficiency.

The Garda Post reported that a full circuit around the lake (87 miles), including the notoriously challenging western branch, is set to be completed in 2021 at an estimated cost of €102 million.

Once finished, the project should also bring tourism to the more remote towns and villages along the route. This is good news for the local economy and also for touring cyclists looking to have more authentic Italian lunches and pit-stops.

Recently released drone footage gives an idea of just how dramatic the views will be. Is it too early to start planning a Lake Garda cycling trip for 2021?