You find the small, medieval town of Malcesine on the eastern shore of Lake Garda, surrounded by rolling hills. At the centre of its network of cobbled streets and pastel-painted buildings, you’ll find the imposing Scaligero Castle, which offers some of the best views of Lake Garda from its tower. If you’re taking your holidays to Malcesine with the intention of exploring the neighbouring towns dotted along the shore, you can catch a ferry from the town’s harbour and go sightseeing. For thrill-seekers, Lake Garda’s waters offer a variety of water sports, while if you prefer more leisurely Malcesine holidays you can simply lace up your walking boots and take a stroll around the coastal path. Alternatively, spend your days relaxing in the warm Italian sun in a piazza café. Whatever you want from your holidays to Malcesine, you can make your downtime your own.
Approximately two and a half hours
Flights land at Verona Villafranca Airport, which is just over an hour’s drive from the resort.
Step back in time amidst the bustling harbours and medieval streets when you book your holiday to Malcesine with Thomas Cook.
Malcesine holidays can be as busy or as laid-back as you want them to be. Monte Baldo offers great fun for anyone passionate about the Great Outdoors, including cyclists, climbers and photographers. The central structure of Castello Scaligero offers superb views and a dip into the towns medieval history. The charming harbour is as pretty as a picture, and it’s easy to while away the hours in a café, watching the boats bob about on Lake Garda. Shoppers can flex their bargain-hunting muscles in the town’s squares, or hop on a water taxi across the lake and visit the surrounding villages for some boutique shopping.
Visiting Monte Baldo on your holidays to Malcesine is almost obligatory! Standing over 2,000 metres high, it overlooks the town and offers excellent challenges for climbers and cyclists in the summer, and superb skiing in the winter! However, if you don’t fancy the three-hour trek to the summit, there’s a short-cut that’ll save your legs! Hop on one of the cable cars and you’ll be treated to unique and breathtaking views of Lake Garda and the surrounding scenery.
One of the most advanced cable-car systems in the world, the cabins gently rotate as you head up the mountain, giving you the full 360° experience! For something really special, stop at a mountainside restaurant for some delicious Italian food. A fun and exciting day out for the entire family.
Head to the 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 cafés and restaurants, where you can kick off your bargain-hunting expedition with a coffee and a traditional Italian pastry. If you’re after trendy handbags and shoes, head to the boutiques and independent shops. For something quirkier, you’ll find 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.
With majestic mountains surrounding the town, Malcesine comes alive in the winter with skiers looking to take advantage of the snowy slopes. However, if you can’t wait until then, book your holidays to Malcesine in the spring and bike your way up Monte Baldo. Climbers are also attracted to the mountain’s rugged outcrops, which offer challenging climbs for those with a passion for the sport.
If you prefer something with a little less altitude, or energy, Lake Garda is fantastic for water sport enthusiasts. In addition to windsurfing and water-skiing, visitors can take the plunge and go scuba-diving at one of the best inland spots in Europe. Below the tranquil waters is a submarine world of sunken wrecks, scooped-out canyons and shoals of shimmering fish, just waiting to be explored.
Best for history lovers: Castello Scaligero gives a fascinating insight into the town’s medieval past, while the Palazzo dei Capitani is an excellent example of Venetian Gothic architecture.
Best for thrill-seekers: Bike up the thrilling trails of Monte Baldo and come back down on a cable car for the ultimate experience and amazing views.
Best for scenery lovers: Castello Scaligero’s 31-metre-high tower offers stunning photo opportunities. Braver photographers can make the climb up Monte Baldo and be rewarded with a fantastic view.
Language: The language spoken here is Italian, but most of the locals and staff in shops, restaurants and hotels have a basic grasp of English.
Currency: You’ll need to exchange your Sterling for Euros (€), before heading off on our Malcesine holidays.
Local time: Malcesine is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Verona Villafranca Airport. The transfer time to Malcesine is just over 1 hour.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Malcesine is 2.5 hours.
Tourist information: Further 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.
Temperature: Winter sees lows of -2°C to highs of 10°C, while the summer months bask in highs of 30°C down to around 18°C.
Best time to visit: Spring to autumn.
You can take Malcesine holidays at any time of year. Hit the slopes in the winter for a skiing break with excellent powder, or enjoy the Mediterranean sunshine in the summer. April has more wet days than any other month, but the temperature hovers in the late teens.
By foot: The narrow, cobbled lanes of the historic town centre are best explored on foot, giving you the 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 this 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 Scaligero and the 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.