SUP TOUR: 8. Sperone
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SperonePhoto: Fabrizio Novali, Garda Trentino
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.
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.
Keep a close eye on the rock face: you might see some climbers on the rock just above the water!
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- Inform yourself about wind, water, and weather conditions. In a short time, the wind can change, the swell can increase, and it can start to rain, even with thunderstorms. For this reason, it is important be able to swim even in rough water.
- Inform yourself about local regulations. When in doubt, ask for the advice of specialised guides and local people.
- In case of solo trips, inform someone about your planned itinerary and departure time.
- Only use boats and gear appropriate to your abilities and wear a CE certified lifejacket.
- Maintain the safety distance from public transportation crafts, respect right of way rules and do not cross the course of motorboats to avoid accidents and fines.
- When stand up paddling, always attach your leash, never leave your board, and keep a distance of 500 m from the shore and cliffs from which rocks could break off.
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 and hints
This tour was recommended by SUP Club Riva del Garda.
For further information about sports friendly accommodation, contact details for SUP hire, guides and useful information: Garda Trentino - +39 0464 554444
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.
The main towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Arco, Torbole sul Garda, Nago – are connected by several urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point of tours or in the immediate surroundings.
You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service.
Up-to-date information on timetables and routes.
A22 motorway, exit: Rovereto Sud - Lake Garda. Then SS240 in the direction of Riva del Garda.
Find out how to reach Garda Trentino.
Parking near the former hospital (Via Rosmini) or the former cemetery (Viale Damiano Chiesa).
Paid parking: Terme Romane (Viale Roma), Vecchia stazione (Largo Medaglie d’Oro), Ex-agraria (Via Lutti), Area ex-Cattoi (Viale Rovereto).
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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