About Europa Holidays

About Europa Holidays, Lake Garda, Italy

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Europa Holidays

Organising sailing and activity holidays since 1994

Europa Holidays is a UK-registered and bonded holiday company offering tailored deals for sailing holidays and activity holidays on Lake Garda in northern Italy. Our main sailing centre is north of the town of Malcesine and operates also as Europa Surf and Sail for renting windsurfers, dinghies or catamarans to visitors to Lake Garda from all over Europe. Europa Holidays aim is to provide more than just a rental service for UK customers. Europa Holidays can arrange transport, accommodation, tickets to the opera and much more. Europa Surf and Sail is the local Italian branding with prices in Euro and payment at the desk.

Sailing and windsurfing holidays

Activity holidays or just a base to explore from

Whether you want a formal week’s RYA sailing / windsurfing course, access to a superb range of watersports equipment or just a base from which to experience and explore this wonderful region of Italy, Malcesine and Europa Holidays are the team for you. With our unrivalled range of sailing dinghies and our RYA recognition we are the ideal place for families where some or all of its members want to mix sailing with other activities. From the adrenalin rush of canyoning to the modern adventure parks, via the traditional activities of trekking and biking, this area has it all and we can arrange it for you.

Our sailing centre

Our sailing centre offers a wide range of water-sports equipment in the grounds of the newly built Malcesine Sailing Centre (Fraglia Vela Malcesine) with restaurant, changing rooms, showers, toilets, parking, marina and beaches. We have beginner and expert equipment for training and for rental and our location on the lakeside means easy access for everyone and the opportunity to watch before you try. The cycle path that runs from 5km North of us to the south side of Malcesine means an easy walk or cycle to other villages or to the town of Malcesine. Have a look at the location on Google Maps or see our siteplan on our dinghy sailing courses page, windsurfing courses page or catamaran sailing courses page.

Plenty to do and see around Malcesine, Lake Garda

Lake Garda is a fresh water lake 50km long and 30km wide at its south end. Malcesine, the base for Europa Holidays is a largely unspoilt town with many tourist attractions and Lake Garda is a clean, safe, fresh water paradise for all activity sports and relaxing holidays. The lake (it feels like a sea on the windiest of days) is 5km wide at our sailing centre with many protected bays and places to explore. There’s so much more to do than at so many Mediterranean sailing centres with one bar and no town.

Our base at Navene, near Malcesine, is situated in the foothills of the Dolomites with easy access from the airports of Verona (Villafranca), Venice (Treviso and Marco Polo) serviced by BA, Thomsonfly, Ryan Air, Easy Jet and other carriers. Lake Garda is the ideal place to enjoy a fantastic sailing/windsurfing holiday with much more. The cities of Milan, Verona, Venice, Mantua and Padua are all within easy reach. The Opera season in the amphitheatre of Verona runs from June through to early September and we can easily arrange tickets in advance should you wish to attend one of these unique performances. Lake Garda is situated in the midst of the Alto Adige white wine region to the north and the full bodied red region of Valpolicella to the south.

Lake Garda hosts Charles and Alison
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Europa Holidays

Our history

Europa Holidays started bringing people to Lake Garda 1n 1993. Alison and I, after extensive experience in the windsurfing, sailing and mountain bike business in the UK, decided to change lifestyle and location and settle on the shore of Lago di Garda in Northern Italy. We were thrilled to find the ideal location for a windsurfing and sailing school at the Malcesine Sailing Centre. Its a perfect location at the hamlet of Navene, blessed with fantastic facilities and cross shore thermal winds, morning and afternoon.

As the only RYA centre on Lake Garda, we provide first class tuition on well maintained teaching kit in clean and friendly waters for those who are new to watersports and for those who wish to improve.

We have new boards and sails from Starboard and Severne every year for windsurfers and Topper dinghies and catamarans for boat sailors.

We make use of the stunning surrounding scenery, the regular winds, the warm water of the Lake and the close proximity of so many attractions and things to see and do to offer a flexible and attractive holiday for all members of a group or family. It is augmented by the well-known hospitality and child friendliness of Italian hoteliers and restaurant owners, the relaxed atmosphere of the medieval town of Malcesine and the wonderful Italian culture.

Europa Holidays

Small location but large service

We have always been proud of our ability to provide holidays to suit our clients: sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and SUPing for those who like watersports; biking, city visits, opera, car hire, ferry trips, shopping, walking and gourmet activities for those who are looking for something away from the lakeside.

Having a young family ourselves we are very aware of the needs of families who are looking for a holiday which includes incredible windsurfing and sailing but also has fantastic opportunities for other activities, both cultural and sporting. Nowhere else in my extensive travels have I found a place where the whole family can find something to suit them in a place blessed by a temperate climate with absolute safety, amazing food and breathtaking scenery.

We hope to welcome you to our friendly, family-run centre here on the lake where we can share with you our twenty years of experience in this area, guide you to the best restaurants and advise you on food, wine, shopping and any other activities you may wish to try whilst here on holiday. Ciao e grazie

Signature of Charles Kinsley
Charles Kinsley