Malcesine Holidays

Malcesine has a lot going for it and it’s perfect for anyone seeking an active holiday. It’s in the north of the lake so you’ve got lots of mountain trails to explore. The cable car goes straight from the town to the top of Monte Baldo, which is a starting point for lots of walk and cycles. The views from up here are incredible so we won’t blame you if you just want to sit and enjoy them instead. The town’s also big on watersports – you can try your hand at sailing or paddle boarding.

Malcesine is one of Lake Garda’s most recognisable resorts. Its beautiful 13th century castle makes it easy to spot from the water. If you go and take a closer look you’ll be rewarded with some pretty impressive lake views. They often have weddings here so you can imagine how romantic it is. The rest of Malcesine feels just as romantic thanks to the little cobbled streets and charming cafés. There’s a long promenade from the southern end of the town where you can walk for a few miles along the lake. There’s a busy ferry port too so you can head to some nearby towns like Limone or Riva very easily.

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  • from£904pp
  • 50 rooms
Hotel Bellevue San Lorenzo, Garden View

This is a stunning hotel close to the centre of Malcesine. A lake-view infinity pool takes pride of place in the manicured gardens and the whole hotel has a sense of peace about it, with large gardens growing olive trees and roses.

  • 47 rooms
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The lake views from Hotel Capri are incredible - grab a glass of wine and pull up a chair on the restaurants terrace in time for the sun set. During the day, relax in the gardens or pool, or head into Malcesine (800m away) to shop, eat and drink.

  • from£579pp
  • 70 rooms
Excelsior Bay Hotel, Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy - Exterior.jpg

Hotel Excelsior Bay is one of the most popular hotels in Malcesine and has a fantastic lakeside location. Some of the best lake views in the resort can be enjoyed from the hotel's terrace, where breakfast is served every morning. The centre of town and the buzzing harbour are about two minutes away. 

  • from£529pp
  • 46 rooms
Hotel Cristallo, Pool and Garden View

Hotel Cristallo is a charming hotel that makes every guest feel welcome. Grab a lounger and enjoy the lake views from the sunbathing terrace or head to the garden and chill out by the pool. The centre of Malcesine is around 15 minutes away.

  • from£559pp
  • 60 rooms
Hotel Malcesine, Exterior

This is a central hotel with everything in Malcesine on its doorstep, including the ferry port and Monte Baldo cable car. Rooms are traditional and homely and there's a fantastic lakeside terrace where you can enjoy a glass of prosecco and watch the world go by.

  • from£699pp
  • 40 rooms
Hotel Maximilian, Exterior Evening

This peaceful hotel is the perfect getaway to relax and soak up the beautiful surroundings. It's in the bay of Val di Sogno and the centre of Malcesine is about 20 minutes along the lakefront promenade. At the hotel you'll find a private beach, spa and range of sporting activities.


  • from£954pp
  • 38 rooms
Hotel Prima Luna, Pool and Beach

Hotel Prima Luna has a great location opposite one of the best beaches in the area. Relax by the lake or head to the pool and grab a lounger for the day. The centre of the Malcesine is only a 15-minute walk away. 


  • from£604pp
  • 48 rooms
Hotel Astoria, Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy - Exterior & outdoor pool.jpg

Hotel Asotria is in Campagnola Bay, right on the lake. Join the surfers on the lake or lay down a towel on the beach and relax. Malcesine's centre is three kilometres away so you can walk or cycle there. There's a local bus too. The hotel is simple and comfy with spacious rooms and a lakefront terrace for aperitifs.

  • from£519pp
  • 27 rooms
Hotel Alpino, Exterior Evening

This little hotel is right in the centre of Malcesine, with everything on its doorstep including the castle and ferry point. There's only 27 rooms and a traditional, cosy decor throughout.  

  • 42 rooms

The Wellness Hotel Casa Barca is a real marvel of Malcesine, with incredible views of the wandering waters of Lake Garda and a picturesque back drop of mountains and skyline. The hotel has a crisp fresh decor throughout, including the bar with its sophisticated feel and progressive look to the bedrooms.

  • from£489pp
  • 24 rooms

If you're looking for a quieter spot just outside Malcesine, Hotel Antonella is a great choice. With a lovely rooftop terrace and swimming pool that have fantastic views across Lake Garda, you'll be in the perfect place to relax. All within walking distance of the centre of Malcesine and the ferry port, so you can easily explore more of what Lake Garda has to offer. 

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Information about Malcesine
Resort Code ITMA
Time difference GMT +1
Currency EUR
Latitude 45.772255
Longitude 10.812790
Travel and Transportation
Departure day To Depart from Supplement
Verona Gatwick 

Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 30 mins by coach.

Supplements: are based on 7 nights departures.

Self drive is available

Car hire available: Yes

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: No

Resort Ski bus available: No


FREE EXCURSION | Pre-book 3 excursions per person and receive Verona* full day FREE.

Please note: Only one Verona opera booking per person can be counted towards your 3 excursions.


Verona Opera - Jun to Sept - please visit our Opera information page for booking details and prices

Wine Tour from £48 Thursdays only
11.30am - 5.30pm
Spend the day sipping some of the finest wines of the Veneto and Trentino regions in the sunshine. Discover the secrets of wine making and enjoy a small snack with a selection of full bodied fresh, refreshing whites and vibrant rose.

Tour of Lake Garda from £48 Wednesday and Friday 
8.10am - 6.30pm 
Explore the resorts of Lake Garda with one of our fantastic tours. Take a coach down the famous Gardesana road and cruise the crystalline waters on a boat trip to resorts with time for shopping, sight seeing and lunch.

Dolomites from £53 Mondays and Fridays 
8.00am - 6.30pm  
Drive through the scenic South Tyrol right through to Pass Pordoi and immerse yourself in the vibrant countryside of the Dolomites. Stop for a drink at one of the Refugio's or explore the flora and fauna on foot during this guided tour.

Venice Classic from £70 Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 
8.00am - 8.30pm  
This spectacular guided tour offers you a full day in the rich and decadent city of Venice. Including coach and water taxi transfers, our tour leader will guide you through the sights and on a gondola (optional and payable locally) before you enjoy free time to explore this enchanting city at your own pace.

Venice Special from £75 Wednesdays only
8.45am - 00.20am 
An extended version of our exceptionally popular classic tour, this package gives you extra time in the magical city of Venice as well as a trip on a motorboat to visit the Laguna islands.

Verona Classic from £43 Tuesdays and Fridays
9.00am - 5.50pm  
Visit one of Italy's most popular citta d'Arte and traverse this spectacular medieval city which is home to the Roman Ampitheatre, Juliet's balcony and the stunning Via Mazzini.

Bookable Locally

Milan from £59 Thursdays only
Take the coach down to the cobbled streets of Milan and spend the day immersing yourself in the stunning architecture of this industrial city.

**Please note that we act at all times as a selling agent for the suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book in low season but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. See terms & conditions.** 

Resort Combination

Resort Combinations

Two Centres | You can combine your 7 night stay in Malcesine with 3, 4 or 7 nights in Venice or Verona, or with a stay in Merano or Selva in the Dolomites.

Things To Do
  • Walking
  • Cable-car to Monte Baldo
  • Walks above resort
  • Scaligeri castle
  • Palazzo dei Capitani
  • Museum of natural history
  • Nordic walking
  • Boat trips to Limone and Riva
  • Windsurfing
  • Climbing

The Saturday market is a highlight of all Malcesine holidays and is not to be missed. The excellent ferry service makes Riva and Limone easily accessible too. The long promenade leads out from the resort's southern end past shingle beaches to lovely Val di Sogno, an idyllic spot for lake bathing and water sports. Take the cable car to the top of Monte Baldo behind Malcesine. Here you will enjoy superb views, an abundance of walks and beautiful nature. With so much variety, Malcesine, Italy is an ideal holiday choice.

You can also attend the Verona Opera.

Verona Opera

Verona Opera

A night at the opera in the ancient arena in Verona must surely be one of life’s great experiences even if you’re not an opera buff. The 2020 programme (13 June - 5 September) with all-time favourite Aida by Verdi loved for its lavish scenery and costumes. A new stage design for Carmen by Bizet, there are also performances of Nabucco by Verdi, as well as Turandot by Puccini. If you are staying in any of the main resorts on Lake Garda, we can book most performances (listed on the Verona Opera page) and transport to & from Verona is included in addition to your opera ticket.

Good to know

  • Use the private boats instead of the ferries for a more cost-effective return ticket to Limone
  • Don’t miss a trip on the Monte Baldo cable car to enjoy the spectacular views! Go before 09:00 or after 16:00 for reduced price tickets
  • Explore the enchanting cobbled streets to discover the hidden old port. Treat yourself and taste the authentic flavours from the Italian restaurants in this romantic setting
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