At Boffenigo the bicycle is not just a means of transport, it's a real local experience that combines respect for the environment, health and quality of life. In fact, on two wheels visitors can explore the wonders of Lake Garda, get to know the area and find wellness in the midst of nature and culture.
This is why we offer our guests everything they need for a perfect cycling holiday on Lake Garda. We're very familiar with the specific needs of cyclists, whether beginners or experts, and so we strive to satisfy them all with our exclusive services and special facilities: cycle workshop, fitness area, bicycles, special menus, bike storage, guides, routes and advantageous deals.
Want to find out the benefits of cycling and the best routes to try on Lake Garda? Here they are!
The great benefits of cycling
According to a recent British study, people who regularly use a bike to get around in the city can lose 5 kilos a year. In fact, an hour of cycling burns between 300 and 500 calories, depending on speed and type of terrain.
Weight loss is just one of the many great benefits for cyclists; there are actually many others:
LONGER LIFE. Frequent cycling combats a sedentary lifestyle, obesity and ageing in brain cells. It reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as improving the metabolism of muscles, especially the glutes, thighs and calves. Moreover, it strengthens the muscles and bones of the back, benefiting this area too.
HAPPINESS. A bicycle improves mood, particularly if it's used to go to work, because it increases activity and saves on petrol and transport costs. It even acts as an antidepressant, because the movement causes the brain to produce and release endorphins, chemical substances that have a powerful analgesic and stimulant effect. In short, cycling reduces stress and enhances happiness.
GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. The bicycle is great for the environment: it reduces traffic, harmful emissions and the greenhouse effect, with all the consequent benefits for health. Plus it's super-economical, because it avoids all the expense of having a car: tax, insurance, parking and so on.
Lake Garda: three cycle routes to try immediately
On holiday on Lake Garda and looking for cycle routes in the area? You should know that you're in a hilly region unlike any other, offering breathtaking views of vineyards and olive groves. You couldn't ask for more if you love cycling and nature! We suggest three wonderful routes, listed from easy to difficult:
The lakeshore and the gentle Garda hills: this easy route of approximately 30 kms takes in a pleasant stretch beside the lake before climbing into the hills inland. It's characterised by scenic ups and downs and a range of different types of crops, including vines and olives. The route begins at Bardolino and heads along the shore to the village of Cisano. Here you leave the lakeshore and climb gradually into the hills. You soon come to the Pacengo area, where the route follows country roads gently up and down among the vineyards to reach the village of Colà, renowned for its thermal baths. The next stop is Calmasino, where there are wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. An easy descent brings you back to the lake at Bardolino.
Bardolino to Monte Moscal: this route is approximately 39 km and its difficulty level can be classed as medium. The distance it covers and some demanding climbs require reasonable fitness and a bike with good gears. Starting at Bardolino, the route heads towards Garda. The first 3 km are a pleasant ride on the pedestrian and cycle track along the lakeshore, away from traffic. At Garda the route gently climbs to the foot of the wooded Rocche area; 2 kms later the road becomes unpaved and then comes one of the most challenging sections: 500 metres to Costermano, where the route flattens out before climbing a little higher to the old part of town and then following the Valle dei Mulini as far as Castion Veronese. From here it's not far to Caprino Veronese and then Rivoli, where you can admire spectacular views of the old Austrian fortifications. Finally, from Rivoli there's a cycle track to Affi, at the foot of Monte Moscal, before you embark on the steep descent back to Bardolino.
The Pellegrino route: love mountain bikes and looking for a challenge on Lake Garda? What you need is the Pellegrino route (30 km), one of the classic tours of the Olive Riviera; it follows the old roads that once connected Garda, Torri del Benaco, Albisano and Crero and then returns along the Riviera, passing ancient villages perched above the water, to arrive at the picturesque town of Malcesine. This route requires good fitness, due to the steep climbs it contains, but the effort is repaid with spectacular views and unique natural surroundings, where the typical mediterranean maquis alternates with pre-alpine vegetation.