Lake Garda is situated 30km (18 miles) west of Verona, and it is a jewel among Italy's many lakes. Lots of charming villages and small towns dot the varied landscape surrounding the lake. To the south the lake is characterised by gentle, Mediterranean-like slopes rising to the more dramatic steep hills and mountainsides further north. The lake is a hub for outdoor activities from gentle walks and boat trips to fishing, windsurfing and diving. Navigarda ferries also traverse the lake regularly. At Malcesine, the rotating cable car to Tratto Spine takes visitors to a height of 1,760m (5,774ft), from where the view of the lake is amazing.