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SUP TOUR: 8. Sperone

Canoeing & SUP · Garda Trentino
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This tour is for those who have experiencce of sup and gives you the chance to discoveer the wilder and more spectacular shores of Lake Garda directly beneath Mount Rocchetta.
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The Rocchetta group forms a striking backdrop on the right-hand shore of Lake Garda. Steep rock walls soar from water level to over 1000 metres, giving Garda Trentino the air of a Nordic fjord. This tour allows you to explore the base of the rock wall as far as Punta Sperone, a rocky bluff sticking out into the lake which hides one of the oldest forts in the old Austro-Hungarian defence system. Garda Trentino was the southernmost border of the empire and guarded as an important strategic position. Just above the lake, you can make out the Ponale Trail which winds up the rock face, dotted here and there with biking and hiking enthusiasts.

Watch outl! In high winds you are advised to sttay at a safe distance from the cliff because of the danger of falling rocks.

In any case it is advisable to take this tour accompanied by a qualified instructor.

Author’s recommendation

Keep a close eye on the rock face: you might see some climbers on the rock just above the water!
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Author
Valentina Bellotti
Updated: July 08, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
Lago di Garda, 62 m
Lowest point
Lago di Garda, 62 m
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Safety information

7 Tips to SUP in safety

  • Always find out about the winds, weather and water conditions. The lake is subject to currents and steady winds which in the afternoon can make the water rough so that sup becomes difficult for beginners.
  • If you are planning solo sessions, always tell some where you are going and what time you are leaving. Use schools or the sup club as a base.
  • Keep to the coast but stay 500/600m from the shore and the cliffs where there might be rock falls.
  • It is important to know how to swim in rough water and have the right equipment and proper clothing for the weather conditions. You must use a sup board with a volume suited to your abilities and wear an CE approved personal buoyancy aid.
  • Always tie on the leash; the coast or shore might be far away and in case of problems you should never abandon the sup.
  • Find out about any local ordinances and ask locals for advice
  • Enjoy yourself. Sup combines a love of sport and nature and the beauty of Garda Trentino.

The information on this chart is subject to inevitable variations, so this means that none of the indications are absolute. It is not entirely possible to avoid giving inexact or imprecise information, given how quickly environmental and weather conditions can change. For this reason we decline any responsibility for changes which the user may encounter. In any case,  the hiker is advised to check the conditions of the places, environment and weather before setting out.

Tips, hints and links

Start

Purfina Beach - Riva del Garda (62 m)
Coordinates:
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45.878611, 10.854095
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45°52'43.0"N 10°51'14.7"E
UTM
32T 643879 5082232
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Destination

Sperone Beach

Turn-by-turn directions

Leave from Purfina in Riva del Garda, entering the water by means of a slipway. Head in the direction of Sperone beach beneath the sheer rock  of Mount Rochetta in all its wild beauty. Rocchetta goes right down to the water on the right-hand side of the lake so the shoreline is dominated by its cliffs. When you get to the beach you can take a break to rehydrate and maybe cool down with a swim.

Now head off in the direction of Riva del Garda and enjoy the beauty of the constantly changing landscape, paddling beneath the cliffs where intrepid climbers are engaged in daring ascents starting from lake level.

Once you get to the underwater statue Cristo del Lago right below the start of the Ponale Trail, paddle around to avoid the harbour area as far as Punta Lido, following Sabbioni beach, until you get back to where you started from.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

The towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Torbole sul Garda, Nago and Arco – are connected by a number of urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point or in the immediate surroundings.

For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes: www.gardatrentino.it

Getting there

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it 

Parking

The car park nearest to the point of departure is Porto San Nicolò (pay parking).

Free parking in Riva del Garda at the old hospital (via Rosmini) and the old cemetery (Viale D. Chiesa). Further pay parking at the Public Gardens Porta Orientale, Roman Baths, Viale Lutti (Ex Agraria), Monte Oro, shopping center Blue Garden.

Coordinates

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45.878611, 10.854095
DMS
45°52'43.0"N 10°51'14.7"E
UTM
32T 643879 5082232
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

In spring and summer you are advised to wear a semi-drysuit, in summer all you need is a swimsuit and lycra suit. You always need to wear a life jacket. 

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