Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy

Malcesine is a small town situated on the eastern shore of Lake Garda at the foot of Monte Baldo. This picturesque town has cobbled streets leading up from the ancient harbour to the arched entrance of its impressive castle.


This enchanting lake side town combines its ancient charms with a wealth of wonderful scenery. Gathered round the quaint harbour are traditional houses and waterside cafes, which look out over the gently rocking boats and across to the resorts of Gardone and Limone.

Read more about: The Beach | Things To Do | Out and About | Nearby Attractions | Malcesine Reviews

Malcesine Hotels (6)

Drago Hotel is located right in the centre of Assenza di Brenzone overlooking Lake Garda. ...

The Excelsior Bay Hotel has 70 guest rooms situated next to the lake....

Family run and completely refurbished hotel in the heart of the Old Town; perfect for those who like to be surrounded by cafes and shops and who like a lively Italian atmosphere....

Holiday makers looking for a quiet and scenic location with leisure pursuits and activities on site and nearby. Ideal for families and couples....

Malcesine Hotel enjoys a lakeside setting in a pedestrianised area of the historic centre, overlooking Lake Garda. ...

Families or couples who are looking for a quiet location with easy access to the nearby beach the Sole Hotel is ideal....

The Beach

There is no beach as such in Malcesine, what it does offer is a little headland to the south of town accessed by a pleasant promenade, where sunbeds and parasols are available for hire. To the north of town a number of small pebbly beaches can be found.

Things To Do

Malcesine is a popular choice with walkers, cyclists and paragliders thanks to its easy access by cable car up Monte Baldo.

Lake Garda is ideal for enjoying land and water sports; with plenty of options available all around the lake, where there are many sailing schools, dives centres and tennis courts to be found. Waterskiing and jet-skis are only available in the south area of the lake where it’s wider and calmer and better suited for these activities.

The southern end of Lake Garda is home to a number of challenging golf courses, most of which are within easy reach of the holiday resorts.

Rock climbing is a popular activity at the more mountainous north end of the lake in particular the town of Arco, with surrounding 2000 metre high mountains and over 2000 climbing routes its ideal for the advanced climbers, while training walls offer a great place to learn.

Windsurfing is another activity more popular at the north end of the lake, due to the dependable winds. The town of Torbole has played host to many major championships.

Out and About

Whilst driving around Lake Garda is possible, narrow windy roads and limited parking spaces mean it’s not the easiest, the simplest option is across the water by boat. There are a number of choices available; car ferry, the slowest option; hydrofoil, the quickest; motorised catamaran; and paddle steamer, though limited towns are covered, the paddle steamer is an ideal choice for a more leisurely journey.

The towns and villages around the lake offer an abundance of cafes, restaurants and ice-cream parlours; good shopping opportunities too, where the larger the town the more shops and greater variety you’ll find. Each of the towns around the lake have a weekly market, and well worth a browse for the wide selection available; Malcesine’s market takes place on a Saturday.

Nearby Attractions

Canevaworld Resort found just a little further north up the road from Gardaland, consists of two theme parks; Aqua Paradise Park a water-park with plenty of water-rides and slides, beaches and pools and, Movieland Studios a theme park with rides and shows; as well as a Medieval Times Restaurant and Show.

The city of Verona is around 40km away close enough for a day-trip from Lake Garda, home to an ancient Roman amphitheatre and Juliet’s balcony, it’s a pleasant town to discover by foot and enjoy the buildings, piazzas, monuments and churches.

Gardaland theme park at the southern end of the lake just outside the town of Peschiera, is a popular place for families, with lots to do there’s thrilling rides, fun water rides, play areas, shows, and lots of eateries.

Graph displaying average temperatures throughout the year at Malcesine


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