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 again between 4pm 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 ||Mid 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 Gondolieri 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 pebbled 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.
Thomson resort service
We're here to give you our support and expertise before, during and after your holiday – it's what we do. This service includes:
- 24/7 support and assistance via phone and email – we will text you the rep's contact number before you leave, so they're only ever a call or text away.
- Online info pack with lots of useful resort information and tips – you can also contact our reps at any time to ask questions about your holiday; even before you leave.
- Thomson Lakes & Mountains app with travel documents, resort maps, weather forecasts and a currency converter.
Our reps will meet you at the airport, help you get to your transfer and confirm any pre-booked excursions. They'll also be available in resort to invite you on an informative welcome meeting or walkabout. If you need anything during your holiday, just check your info pack or the app to find them in resort for a chat.
The narrow, cobbled streets of Malcesine make it hard for our coaches to drive right up to some of the hotels. Therefore, once you arrive in resort, it's possible that you may be taken to your accommodation by a smaller shuttle bus.
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 on 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.