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What to see in Lake Garda in Malcesine

Malcesine is one of the most admired places on Lake Garda nestling on its north-eastern shore.
The important beach resort is famous for the imposing Castle that dominates the lake with its Keep and for its cultural, historical and naturalistic heritage.

5 things not to miss on holiday in Malcesine

Here are some ideas for an exciting holiday

Visit Castello Scaligero

Perfectly preserved and restored over the centuries Castello Scaligero is open to the public. It is home to the Natural History Museum, the Goethe Room, the Rivellino courtyard and the 30 metre Tower you can admire a spectacular view of the town from.
Dating back to the Lombard era (the middle of the first century AD), it has been destroyed and rebuilt several times over the centuries and witnessed a succession of wars and dynasties: Franks, Scaligeri, Visconti, the Republic of Venice and the Austrians. In 1866 it became part of the Veneto region and was proclaimed a national monument.

Visit The Palazzo Dei Capitani, The Marina and The Old Port

The old town is worth a visit as well as Palazzo dei Capitani in Via Capitanato near the Marina and the Old Port. Dating back to 1300 it was built by the Scaligeri and subsequently restored in venetian style. It takes its name from the House of the Captain of the lake which was used during the Serenissima Republic. The ground floor and the gardens can be visited for free. It is used to host weddings, concerts and events.

The Mount Baldo Cable Car

Inaugurated in 2002 the new Malcesine cable car is a modern and futuristic ski lift equipped with two rotating cabins that takes you from the centre of the town to almost 1,800 metres above sea level in just a few minutes to enjoy incredible 360° views. A must for those that love walking, trekking trails, mountain bike tours and paragliding flights.

Boat trips

From the Marina in Malcesine it is possible to embark on traditional Navigarda line boats that connect various locations on the lake. An opportunity to move around in an eco-sustainable way, save time and enjoy the relaxing views. There are also boats for hire, outings on the Siora Veronica sailing boat and cruises on modern motorboats.

The beaches

In Malcesine there are kilometres of white pebble beaches to the north and south of the town. Free, public beaches and just a short distance from car parks, bars and restaurants.
Paina Beach in particular is located near the town centre. Just a short distance away there is a children’s playground, a beach volley court, a skateboard area and a multifunctional sports court. There is also a Beach Resort with a restaurant, a bar and sun lounger hire (for a fee).

These are the service that Malcesine offers to make your holiday enjoyable.

  • Bus connections with the upper and lower lake
  • Connections with boats and motorboats
  • A taxi and transfer service
  • Motorboat hire
  • A Sailing Centre with courses and sailing tours with a skipper
  • A Surf School with courses and equipment hire
  • A Kite Surf School with courses and equipment hire
  • Mountain bike hire
  • E-bike hire
  • Paragliding flights
  • A Tennis Club - (5 tennis courts and a paddle court) in Cassone
  • The Mount Baldo Cable car
  • Events in Malcesine
  • A weekly market (every Saturday morning)

We are available to provide you with all information and details relating to these services at the reception.