Windsurfing, sailing and activity holiday 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. 


Dinghy courses and rental

Sailing courses for individuals or for families following RYA syllabus or custom-designed for a holiday.

Catamaran courses and rental

RYA courses and personal improvement for families or individuals in catamarans up to 18 feet

Windsurf courses and rental

RYA courses and personal tuition using boards and sails from beginner to expert

Foiling courses with the WASZP

Experience flying over the water with our foiling courses in the foiling WASZP, Laser or windsurf.

Powerboat courses to RYA Level 2

RYA certificate courses Learn to powerboat safely. Also safety boat courses.

Keelboat courses to RYA Level 3

Learn to sail a small keelboat in our racing SB20. Courses for up to 3 students.

Kayak and SUP rental

For the family or for an excursion, double and single kayaks and a range of SUPs

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Windsurf courses and sailing courses and coaching 

All of our courses have the emphasis on the practical aspects and can be tailored to your requirements. Personal coaching can be organised for those who wish to perfect a specific skill and funsails are available for those who just want a personal or a family adventure.

The morning winds, typically Force 4 to 5, suit more experienced sailors while all will enjoy the lighter afternoon wind in the bright sunshine.

Perfect dinghies, catamarans and windsurf equipment for rental

Our dinghies and catamarans are maintained superbly and are rigged for you, whenever you sail. For alternative fun, we have kayaks and SUPs available.

Our windsurf boards and sails  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.

Activity holiday plus …. theme parks, excursions, climbing, biking

We welcome families and our centre is well equipped for childrens’ windsurfing and sailing. Kayaking and stand-up paddle boards (SUPs) are also available. We can arrange fun for all ages both on and off the water and are ideally situated for child-friendly accommodation and restaurants with excellent food.

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Climate and winds

We have an average of more than 9 hours of sunshine each day, from June through to August and on 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 Monte Baldo or the little castle of Malcesine, where you’ll also find the best ice-cream shop.

Culture, eating, exploring, enjoying the sun

The city of Verona only an hour away which means that culture and shopping are very much on the agenda for a family who want an all-round holiday. The ultimate tourist destination of Venice is a just couple of hours away.

Nearby are some of Europe’s best theme parks – Gardaland, Caneva, Movie World. There are also the festival towns of Bardolino and Lazise at the south of the lake.


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. Your choice will depend on the needs of your family or group, and  activity holiday options you want. Camping pitches for tents or camper-vans can also be pre-booked via our office.

Hotels 4*, 3*, 2* - your choice

Hotels near our centre or in the larger nearby towns. Lakeside or on the mountain. A short drive or use the tourist bus.

Apartments in Navene for 2, 4 or 6 people

Stay locally and enjoy the village setting, eat out or cook Italian

Campsites for your tent or campervan

Some have huts and bunk-room accommodation

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What we can do for you

If you want to come and see Lake Garda, we can organize everything for your family activity holiday: from arrival to departure or just welcome you to our sailing centre.

We can:

  • Book you a 4-star hotel, a budget hotel, an apartment or a campsite
  • Arrange sailing, windsurfing, foiling or powerboat 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 Venice or Verona (and the opera at the Verona Arena)
  • Find you boat trips around the lake or directions to hot springs at Sirmione
  • Recommend bike trips (and bike rental locations) for the many trails

Give us a call!

Beach opening hours

09:00 – 18:00 Easter to October 16


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

Or send us a message



Find us

via Gardesana 205, 37018 Malcesine VR, Italy

We are inside the Malcesine Sailing Centre (Fraglia Vela Malcesine or FVM)

+39 3386053096

Driving Directions

The Europa Holidays beach centre for your activity holiday is within the grounds of the internationally renowned Fraglia Vela Malcesine  (FVM)   

Travelling North from Malcesine

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.

Travelling South from Torbole

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.

Get the “rainy day at lake Garda” look!!
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Summertime and 32C in the shade. Waiting for the Ora. #europahols
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Sid is on the water! Everything is right with the world #sailgarda #europasurfandsail
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Lovely day for a bit of windsurfing 😁🤩
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#melges24 #lakegarda Sunday May 5th. View to Riva del Garda with fresh snow above 1000m. 80km/h winds last night and no sailing today #sailgarda #europasurfandsail #climatechange. Waiting for the hot summer forecast by the weather channels.
Summer has arrived. 49er and laser training. 2 Argos, 2 Omegas, 3 cats and an Uno but missing Fiducia. 
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Good Peler today, waiting for l’Ora. Sun and blue water is always good.
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Sunroof going up, the season is now definitely started! New green tiles next.
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