Stroll around the ancient harbour with its abundance of pavement cafés and shops, or explore the town of Malcesine by making your way around the steep cobbled streets that fan up from the waterfront.
There are ferry services from Malcesine to Limone, Riva and all resorts down to Desenzano. Ferries to Riva leave every hour and take 20 minutes. Ferries to the southern part of the lake come less frequently, but once you’re on the boat you can get to Sirmione in just under 4 hours.
The nearest stations to Malcesine are Peschiera and Desenzano. You can catch a bus along the lakeside road to the stations though this may take some time. From the stations the East-West train line connects Lake Garda to Venice, Verona and even Milan.
The main bus station is located on the Via Gardesana. You can take the public bus north towards Riva or south towards Bardolino and Peschiera. There’s also a tourist bus that operates around Malcesine, Cassone and Navene. It operates once an hour between 8am and 3pm and 5pm and 1am.
The only lift on Lake Garda is the Monte Baldo cable car in Malcesine. It operates throughout the summer between 8am and 6pm, and once it reaches a certain height it begins to rotate, giving passengers 360º views of the stunning lake below and the gorgeous Monte Baldo mountains.
|Festival ||Month |
|Fish Festival ||June |
|Bandiera del Lago Bisse Race ||June through August |
|Festival in the Castle ||July |
|Festival of Saint Anna ||July |
|Il Festival del Garda ||July through August |
|August Bank Holiday ||Mid August |
|Cento Miglia ||September |
|Ciottolando con Gusta ||Late September |
Malcesine’s little harbour is lined with cafés – great for people watching beside the lake. But if you’re looking for something with a little more atmosphere, the sociable piazzas are filled with bars and restaurants and occasional live entertainment.
The award-winning food at Al Gondolien is great as an evening treat. They serve beautifully presented pastas, steaks, fish and desserts, and the popular choices include courgette gnocchi with shrimp and the octopus carpaccio with smoked salmon.
A few kilometres out of town is Speck Stube, delightful if you're looking for something a bit different. This fun German-style eatery has a great atmosphere with big wooden benches for al fresco eating, whether it’s roast chicken, ribs or chunky chips.
Overlooking the lake is the Al Bacio Restaurant, which has beautiful views of Limone's mountains. The menu is small, consisting of traditional Italian dishes, but everything is creatively prepared. And watching the sunset from here is a real treat.
Start here with the Monte Baldo cable car – even the ride up is a fantastic experience. The cabin rotates 360 degrees as it ascends, giving you uninterrupted views. At the top, walk left along the ridge, then turn back for a wonderful view of Malcesine. There are plenty of other walking trails up here, so pick your pace and head off to explore. The walk up to the iconic castle is also not one to be missed. Malcesine itself is a warren of hills, steps and cobbled streets, so it’s not the best base for those with limited mobility.
This gentle route starts with a ride up the fantastic Monte Baldo cable car – the journey takes about 20 minutes, and you should try to get there early to avoid the queues. At the summit, look for the blue footpath, marked 651. Head left towards La Capannia restaurant and you’ll get dazzling 360-degree views of the alpine foothills of Brescia Trentino and Veneto. Trial 19 will take you back to the cable car station.
Garda Promotions Card
You can enjoy Lake Garda for less with this exclusive card. Take advantage of reduced prices to castles, museums and much more.
· Discounted entry to Arco Castle
· Discounted entry to the Museum of Riva del Garda
· Discount on a round trip ticket on the Cableway Malcesine-Monte Baldo
· Discounted entry to the Movieland Studios
· Discounted entry to Gardaland
· Discounted entry to Acquaria Wellness Center
Available free to all customers staying in Malcesine and lasts 3 days.
Thomson resort service
In-resort Holiday Advisor
Your Holiday Advisor will be based in your resort and will be in touch before you travel. Then, if you have any questions while you’re away or just want to say hello, you can always drop in at their info points or see them on one of their hotel visits. Alternatively, you can send them a text, give them a call, email them or even tweet them, 24 hours a day – whatever works for you.
All our holidays include shared transfers to and from your hotel. Private transfers can be added when booking. These will be taken by car, 6-seater or minibus, depending on the number of people in your booking.
Make the most of your time away by combining two holidays into one. With a twin-centre holiday, you can choose any hotels in any resorts and we’ll put them together for you – as long as your two picks are from the same arrivals airport. Take inspiration from our customers and combine Malcesine with Selva val Gardena.
Give us a call to plan your perfect trip or browse our pre-chosen combinations, which you can book online from our twin-centre holidays page.
Please keep in mind that transfers run on Wednesdays and Saturdays and may involve going via an airport.
If you want to get away from it all, but can't spare seven days, we have three and four night short breaks available in Malcesine in various hotels throughout the resort.
Vow renewals and weddings
Lake Garda is a beautiful location for your most special day and the medieval town of Malcesine is a fairytale spot for you to say 'I do'. The castle, where you'll have your ceremony, is perfectly positioned on a small hill allowing you to enjoy the breathtaking views of Malcesine's harbour as well as the lake and the Monte Baldo mountain, creating perfect back drops for your wedding photos. Take a look at our weddings page to read more about our wedding packages and download our weddings guide, or give us a call and we'll help make your day flawless from start to finish.