Malcesine is one of the most enchanting and enticing villages on Lake Garda, sitting on its north-eastern shores under the careful watch of magnificent Monte Baldo. It is also without a doubt one of the best-positioned villages in the region, being close to beaches, shops, cafes, restaurants, castles and all of the attractions of the lake itself. Malcesine is also the start point for a cable car ride to Monte Baldo and the home of a great range of Lake Garda apartments and villas.
Lake Garda is famous for being an outdoors-lovers paradise, and Malcesine is the start point for some of the finest walks and hikes in the region. The more energetic should consider taking the cable car, which runs from the centre of the village up 6000ft to magnificent Monte Baldo. The drop-off point is near the peak of this rugged mountain range, meaning there are some excellent hiking and climbing opportunities waiting to be taken advantage of, as well as plenty of scenic photography opportunities.
Even if you do not want to go hiking up it you can still enjoy Monte Baldo, as it can be seen from all around Malcesine. Whether you are enjoying a spot of breakfast in your Malcesine villa, rejuvenating with a strong espresso in one of the village’s cafes, or eating outside a local restaurant on a balmy summers evening, the mountain looms large and provides a unique backdrop.
One of the main sites in Malcesine is the magnificent renaissance castle, which towers over the lake and has a fascinating history that dates back hundreds of years. The whole village has retained its medieval feel, with traditional businesses such as bakeries and pasta shops still doing a healthy trade, and combining well with more modern attractions such as beachside snack bars and popular pizzerias.
Malcesine apartments offer a great base for exploring Lake Garda, and you will be spoilt for choice with so many picturesque towns and villages to visit. The neighbouring commune is Brenzone (9km), which has some excellent shops and restaurants, then a further 10km south is Torri del Benaco, which is an attractive but lesser-visited spot, which provides a brief respite from the crowds and an opportunity to plan where to head to next.
Malcesine, Lake Garda, is a great spring and summer destination, as temperatures average around 23C during May, and then gradually increase until the start of September. Temperatures are cooler outside of these months, but you can still expect clear skies and at least a few hours’ worth of sunshine every day.
In order to get to Malcesine you may wish to fly to Verona Airport (VRN), which receives regular flights from London Gatwick Airport through British Airways and Thomson Airways, and is 70km away. Flight time between the two destinations is around one hour and fifteen minutes.