Family activity, sailing and windsurfing holidays on Lake Garda

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Windsurfing, sailing and activity holidays on Lake Garda, Italy


Europa Holidays

Europa Holidays should be your first choice for a Lake Garda activity holiday. We have the perfect location for windsurfing, sailing or exploring and we welcome families.

Our watersports centre has well-maintained, modern equipment for all levels and can be reached easily by foot, bus or car from all of the surrounding area.

Our location 9km from the north end, means that we benefit from both morning and afternoon thermal winds.


Lake Garda

Lake Garda with its thermal winds and proximity to the mountains and classical Italian cities is the perfect place for a holiday. It’s the destination of choice for the passionate sailor or windsurfer as well as for mountain bikers, climbers and lovers of all outdoor sports.

The cities of Verona and Venice are only a couple of hours away which mean that culture and shopping are very much on the agenda for a family who want an all round holiday.

Your accommodation, your way …

Hotels, apartments and camping

We are happy to offer a wide range of accommodation to our clients, either close to our centre or near to Malcesine depending on the needs of your family or group. Camping pitches for tents or camper-vans can also be pre-booked via our office.

Sailing Centre

Catamaran sailing during activity holiday
Dinghy sailing during activity holiday
WASZP sailing during activity holiday

Sailing courses and tuition

At our dinghy and catamaran sailing centre, just north of Malcesine, we offer RYA certificate dinghy and catamaran courses as well as “funsails” and personal coaching. All of our training maximises time on the water for a great practical sailing experience. Our location 9 km from the north end of the lake means that you can sail during both the lighter afternoon winds and the stronger morning winds. Book a sailing holiday with us or make sailing part of your family or group activity holiday.

Dinghies and catamarans for hire

Our rental and sailing courses use a wide variety of dinghies, suitable for all ages, sizes and abilities, from the 5-person Topaz Omega, to our fleet of individual Toppers. We also have trapeze dinghies with gennakers, an SB20 and the all-new foiling WASZP. Our catamaran fleet consists of Topaz and Hobie catamarans from 12′ to 18′ including a race-ready Hobie F18 Tiger.

Windsurfing Centre

Children windsurfing during activity holiday, Lake Garda
Windsurf course during activity holiday, Lake Garda
Activity holiday windsurfers with Europa Holidays

Windsurf courses and coaching

All of our courses have the emphasis on practical windsurfing with the minimum of time studying theory. Personal coaching can be organised for those who wish to perfect a specific skill. Our windsurf centre is located in a warm, sunny location with morning and afternoon winds. The morning winds, typically Force 4 to 5, suit more experienced windsurfers while all surfers will enjoy the lighter afternoon wind. Book a windsurf holiday with us or make windsurfing a part of your family or group activity holiday.

Great windsurf equipment for rental

We offer the world-leading ranges of Starboard boards and Severne sails. Our boards and sails are new each year and are chosen for their suitability for Lake Garda and can be matched in hundreds of combinations, to suit beginners of all age, weight and athleticism or to provide planing thrills in most conditions, for experienced windsurfers.

Fun on the water and off the water

We welcome families and are ideally situated for child-friendly restaurants with excellent food. Our centre is well equipped for childrens’ windsurfing and sailing and we can provide fun for all ages both on and off the water. We rent kayaks, stand-up paddle boards (SUPs)

Climate and winds

We have an average of more than 9 hours sunshine from June through August and 80% of the days there is a good wind away from the shore (Force 4 or above). It can be very hot but there are always cool places to go such as the Monte Baldo cable car or the little castle of Malcesine, where you’ll also find the best ice-cream shop.

Activity holiday group trying SUPs
Activity holiday group on mountain bike excursion
Activity holiday excursion on Monte Baldo cablecar

Culture, eating, exploring, enjoying the sun

The cities of Verona and Venice are only a maximum of a couple of hours away which mean that culture and shopping are very much on the agenda for a family who want an all round holiday. Nearby is one of Europe’s best theme parks: Gardaland and the festival towns of Bardolino and Lazise. we can usually arrange baby-sitting for those who wish to visit the Opera or have a romantic night out in one of the excellent restaurants in Malcesine or Riva del Garda.



If you want to come and see Lake Garda, we can organize everything from arrival to departure or just welcome you to our sailing centre

The beach team for your activity holiday
Beach opening hours

09:00 – 18:00
Easter to October 16

Office opening hours

08:00 – 19:00

Contact us

Phone: +39 339 665 9085
Call in: via Gardesana 205, 37018 Malcesine (VR)

We can:

  • Book you a 5-star hotel, a budget hotel, an apartment or a campsite
  • Arrange sailing and windsurfing courses for some or all of the family or rent you windsurf, dinghies and catamarans, when you feel like it
  • Handle long stays, short stays, weekends, regattas, celebrations and parties
  • Meet you at the airport or arrange for a hire car or minibus transfer
  • Arrange trips to Verona (and the opera at the Verona Arena) or boat trips around the lake
  • We can recommend bike trips (and bike rental locations) for the many trails

Send us a message



This is my fourth time sailing with these fantastic people. Nothing is ever any trouble. Always looked after 100%. Professional and friendly what more can you wish for from an amazing sailing centre. Just booked my accommodation for next year, counting down the days when I am back sailing on Lake Garda.

Trip Advisor member

The friendliest windsurfer school ever ! My son loved his coaching sessions, and is hooked . Thanks Charles Allison, and the rest of the team

Rob G.

We went to Europa for a catamaran fun sail, liked them enough to go back for a three afternoon RYA course, my partner also did an intro windsurfing lesson. Great staff, all very friendly and highly competent, several are native English speakers. The management obviously take pride in their equipment. Malcesine is the best place…

Simon T.

Driving Directions

4 km north of Malcesine

External view of activity holiday beach centre

From the South, pass through Malcesine and we are on the left after 4 km. You will see a small boat harbour with a floating pontoon about 100m long; turn left into the main entrance of the sailing centre.

9 km south of Torbole

Activity holiday beach centre viewed from the road

From the North, follow the lakeside road South from Torbole for 9km. We are inside the FVM Sailing centre which is 500 metres after you pass through the village of Navene. Use the second entrance for public parking.

Europa Holidays beach




The Europa Holidays beach centre is within the grounds of the internationally renowned Fraglia Vela Malcesine (Malcesine Sailing Club)