Holidays in Malcesine
On Lake Garda’s eastern shore lies the sparkling lakeside town of Malcesine. Surrounded by lush green hills, this quaint Italian town is dotted with yellow stone houses. Spend your days relaxing in the warm Italian sun in a piazza café, or head down to the lake for thrilling water sports.
Verona airport (VRN), 64km south of the resort.
Step back in time amidst the bustling harbours and medieval streets when you book your holiday to Malcesine with Thomas Cook.
Whether you’re up in the mountains or down in the town, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Malcesine. Explore the picturesque harbour filled with tiny boats and cafés. Stroll to the authentic Italian restaurants and trendy stores that fill the resort’s town squares, facing the eastern shores of Lake Garda. You’ll get a sense of Malcesine’s history at the town’s medieval castle, Castello Scaligero. For a great day trip, take a boat trip across Lake Garda to the surrounding villages.
Behind Malcesine lies the impressive mountain ridge of Monte Bald, which stands at a little over 2,000 metres high. Hop aboard the cableway and experience the cooling breeze as you climb. You’ll get some spectacular views of Lake Garda from up here. For something really special, stop at a mountainside restaurant for some delicious Italian food. Continue your way up the mountain for the second section of the cableway. This time, the cars rotate as you climb – something the kids will really love. Remember to bring your skis too – you’ll find some great skiing facilities once you reach the top.
Head to Malcesine’s bustling town centre for some great shopping. Along the cobbled streets that wind up the slope from the lake, you’ll find little squares with cafes and restaurants. Start your day here with a coffee and a traditional Italian pastry. If you’re after trendy handbags and shoes, head to the boutiques and independent shops. There’s a market in the main square every Saturday morning, where you’ll find everything from fresh fruit to antiques. When you’ve stocked up on your souvenirs, reward yourself with a cone of creamy gelato.
You’ll find some great things activities in Malcestine in between the lake and the town’s surrounding hills. Thanks to crystal clear waters and the cooling breeze from the windier north, the lake is a great spot for sailing, water skiing, windsurfing and snorkelling. Hire a bike and follow one of the routes to the mountains. You’ll get some beautiful views of the lake as you ride on the narrow path between the road and lake. Round off your day with a game or two of tennis and mini-golf.
Best for history lovers: Learn about Malcesine’s medieval history at Castello Scaglero and the Palazzo del Capitani.
Best for thrill-seekers: Bike up the thrilling trails of Monte Baldo and back down on a cable car for the ultimate experience.
Best for scenery lovers: Head to the top of Monte Baldo for panoramic views of Lake Garde.
Language: The language spoken in Malcesine is Italian
Currency: The currency used in Malcesine is Euro (€)
Local time: Malcesine is one hour ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Verona airport (VRN), 64km south of the resort
Flight time from UK: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes
Tourist information: Further Malcesine tourist information can be found at www.visitgarda.com/en/Malcesine-vacanze-lago-garda
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Malcesine
Temperature: From lows of -2°C to highs of 10 in the winter, while the summer months see highs of 30°C down to 18.
Best time to visit: Spring to autumn.
Malcesine’s a great year round resort. Come in the winter for the skiing, or the summer for watersports on the lake. April has more wet days than any other month.
By foot: The narrow, cobbled lanes of Malcesine’s historic centre are best explored on foot, giving you a chance to stop at a café and rest your legs with a cup of delicious Italian coffee.
By bus: The little tourist bus which runs seasonally up and down Malcesine, is a handy way of getting around the hilly town.
By water: Hop on a ferry, boat or even a hydrofoil to explore the surrounding towns and villages.
For music and theatre lovers: From the end of June to August, enjoy Cinema in the Garden at the City Hall Courtyard.
For shopaholics: Experience Shopping Under the Stars the first Saturday of each month from May to September. Castello Scaglero and shops in the town centre stay open ‘til late, with music and entertainment throughout the evening.
For Foodies: Find food festivals celebrating everything from fresh fish to local produce throughout the year.