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 again between 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.
Pre-bookable ExcursionsTrip Price
| ||Adult ||Child (0-12) |
|Lake tour (Tue, Wed and Fri) ||€60 ||Free* |
|Venice (Mon, Wed and Fri) ||€71 ||Free* |
|Venice by night (Tue and Thu) ||€78 ||Free* |
|Verona (Thu and Sat) ||€52 ||Free* |
|Mantova and Sigurtà Garden (Tue) ||€55 ||Free* |
|Grand Dolomites Tour(Mon and Thu) ||€55 ||Free* |
|Wine tour (Mon) ||€48 ||Free* |
|Bolzano and Renon (Fri) ||€56 ||Free* |
|Florence (Tue) ||€78 ||Free* |
|Milan (Sat) ||€54 ||Free* |
*1 Free child place per full paying adult.Some entrances, tolls and optional extras are payable locally.Venice (Mon/Wed/Fri)
Venice is famous for its beautiful palaces, lovely canals, and its handsome gondoliers. Enjoy the stunning architecture and learn the history of the most famous sights of the city, such as the St Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s palace, Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge spanning the Grand Canal. Venice is a must-see for all visitors.Venice by Night (Tue/Thu)
For the romantics among us why not visit, as the sun goes down over the lagoon and the light dances on the water on our Venice by Night excursion? Learn the history of the most famous sights of the city, such as the St Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s palace, Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge spanning the Grand Canal.Florence City Tour (Tue)
The Jewel of Tuscany and the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is a fantastic city to visit during your Italian holidays. Amongst its vast array of arts and treasures you can visit the pink, white and green marble cathedral, the Duomo, the historic Uffizi Gallery and the ancient Ponte Vecchio.Milan City Tour (Sat)
A fantastic day out exploring the cosmopolitan Capital of the north, renowned not only for its fashion but for some of the most fabulous cultural sights in Europe such as, the stunning interior of the La Scala Opera house and the Castle Sforzesco. The Duomo Cathedral is the largest gothic cathedral in the world with over 3400 hand carved sculptures on the cathedral.Grand Dolomites Tour (Mon/Thu)
Europe's most distinctive mountains tower high over the sparkling lakes. Visit the spectacular northern ranges with their quaint villages, breathtaking passes and pretty, flower-strewn meadows. No other excursion takes you to natural scenery as stunning.Bolzano and Renon City Tour (Fri)
A wonderful trip; part city tour, part scenic drive through the picturesque countryside of the Italian South Tyrol. Visit the elegant city of Bolzano, home of the famous Iceman and a nostalgic tram will drive you through enchanting woods and wide mountain pastures so that you can admire the Renon Plateau with its gorgeous summer villages in a romantic way.Mantova and Sigurta Park Tour (Tue)
Visit the beautiful city of Mantova surrounded by three small lakes. The city is rich with art, history and medieval architecture. It is the setting of Verdi's opera, Rigoletto, and is known as one of the most romantic cities in northern Italy. Sigurta Park is considered one of the most stunning gardens in the world offering 50 hectares of luxuriant vegetation for you to explore. It was also voted Italy's most beautiful park in 2013 by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture. Spend a delightful day combining art and nature.Lake Tour (Tue/Fri)
The best way to see the lake,
one of the most impressive roads in Europe, with its exuberant vegetation such as olive trees, cypresses and rare flowers. Visit several picturesque villages to see monuments dating from the Roman, Scaliger, Venetian and Austrian rulers. Take a short boat ride, sample some wonderful Italian ice cream or just absorb the relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere. Discover all the highlights Lake Garda has to offer in one day.Wine Tour (Mon)
Enter the heart of Lagarina Valley to discover the Grigoletti winery. Visit the “Basilica”, its new splendid subterranean cantina and taste some really exquisite Trentino wines. Don’t be disappointed when you have to leave, because another unique experience will be waiting for you: the elegant Cantina Ferrari in Trento. Take the opportunity to sample the delicious sparkling wines called Spumante and even take some home with you.Verona (Thu/Sat)
Spend some time at the home of Romeo and Juliet, Verona. Enjoy the fascinating monuments, beautiful shops and friendly Italian welcome. Have a wander along the most significant monuments such as the Arena, Juliet’s balcony, the Scaliger tombs, Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza Brà and enough free time for shopping.
After admiring the dramatic scenery of Malcesine you could head up to the peace and calm of the Dolomite mountains, to the resort of Selva Val Gardena. The stylish 3T+ Hotel Vega in Malcesine and the friendly 3T Hotel Linder in Selva Val Gardena make a great lake and mountain holiday combination.
Transfer to your second centre by coach or minibus.
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.
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- 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.
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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
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