Despite what you may think, Lake Garda is an all-year-round destination. Of course, the peak summer months are the busiest, but there are lots of things to do in the winter, and the weather isn’t as cold as you might think! Here’s everything you need to know about Lake Garda In November.
Lake Garda In November – Everything You Need To Know
Lake Garda In November
With a fairly mild winter – compared to other areas in Northern Italy – and plenty of winter activities, such as winter sports and Christmas markets, Lake Garda is a fantastic winter destination.
Below we take a look at what you can do in Lake Garda in November, the weather, and some other travel tips!
Lake Garda Weather In November
The average temperature in November is 7°C, with highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C.
This is warmer than other regions around Lake Garda, as Lake Garda has its own micro-climate which has mild winters and mild summers.
Does It Snow In Lake Garda In November?
It very rarely snows in Lake Garda at all, so there’s a very slim chance there will be snow in Lake Garda in November.
That being said, there will be snow on the mountains (part of The Italian Alps) in the north of the lake, which makes it a great place for some winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding. One of the best places for this is at the top of Monte Baldo.
Does It Rain Much In Lake Garda In November?
On average, there are 11 days of rainfall in Lake Garda in November. We would recommend packing a waterproof coat and umbrella!
Things To Do In Lake Garda In November
Despite it being out of season, there are still plenty of things to do in November at Lake Garda. We’ve compiled a short list of suggestions below;
- Enjoy the winter sports
- Cable car up Monte Baldo
- Christmas markets
- Explore Lake Garda
- Theme Parks (Gardaland)
Is Lake Garda open in November?
Most things in Lake Garda remain open during the winter season but just operate on shorter hours or less frequency. For example, the ferry and bus service still runs, but on a much-reduced schedule in comparison to summer.
You may also find that some bars and restaurants don’t open, but there will usually be a number open in each town no matter what time of year it is.
Things to do
1. Enjoy Lake Garda’s winter sports
During winter Lake Garda, and specifically, Monte Baldo becomes a winter sports paradise. There are multiple slopes for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. You can hire equipment from Scuola Ski School Monte Baldo, which has a shop in Malcesine.
2. Cable car up Monte Baldo
Even if you aren’t going to ski or snowboard on Monte Baldo, we would still recommend taking the cable car up from the Malcesine cable car station to enjoy the views and have a drink or two at some of the cafes and restaurants at the top.
3. Get ready for Christmas at some Christmas Markets
November is the month that Christmas begins in Lake Garda, with decorations and festivities starting.
Christmas markets & stalls will begin poppuing up around the lake and we highly recommend visiting some to take in some of that Lake Garda winter magic.
Another special tradition to look out for is the ‘Natale tra gli Olivi‘ (Christmas Among Olive Trees), which takes place in Garda. This year, the event will be held on 22nd November 2022, and features a Christmas light show, as well as Christmas markets with local crafts, decorations, food & drink.
4. Explore Lake Garda
No matter what time of year, there’s simply nothing better than exploring Lake Garda. From the mountains in the north to the beaches and towns in the south, we’d recommend exploring it all!
Despite not operating on reduced winter hours, Gardaland is still open 10 am – 5 pm during the weekends. If you’re in Lake Garda with kids then we would thouroughly recommend a visit to Gardaland theme park.