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.
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.
Sightseeing and Excursions
|Trip ||Adult ||Child (0-12) |
|Wine Tour ||£40 ||Free* |
|Grand Dolomites Tour ||£45 ||Free* |
|Venice ||£60 ||Free* |
|Florence ||£66 ||Free* |
|Mantua and Sigurtà ||£45 ||Free* |
|Venice by night ||£63 ||Free* |
|Lake Garda Tour ||£41 ||Free* |
|Verona ||£41 ||Free* |
|Bolzano and Renon ||£46 ||Free* |
|Milan ||£45 ||Free* |
|Flavours of Trentino ||£39 ||Free* |
|Ferrari Museum ||£67 ||Free* |
* 1 free child place per full paying adult.
Some entrances, tolls and optional extras are payable locally.
· Take the 20 minute cable car ride to the top of Monte Baldo for breathtaking views · Bring your walking boots to explore the great nature park, rich in flora with tropical and rare alpine species · Regular music concerts at the Captain's Palace.
Twin centre suggestion
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.
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.
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.
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.