Malcesine sits pretty, right on the east side of Lake Garda with the ridge of Monte Baldo rising behind the town’s narrow, medieval streets. The downside of being a quintessential Lake Garda town is that it’s a very popular spot with visitors, and during the peak season it’s quite busy and you might have to wait for your gelato and share your patch of sand on the town’s best beach, just south of the centre of town in a pretty cove called Val di Sogno. Some of our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay in Malcesine are close to the beach, while some are in the centre of town.
One of the best places to stay in Malcesine, as far as our Gurus are concerned, is right beside the Castello Scaligero. Built in the 14th Century it’s an exciting place to explore with winding tunnels and battlements and a high towner, which you can climb for fantastic views of the lake.
Once you’ve visited the castle and explored the narrow streets, and relaxed on the beaches, you might want to take a trip up Monte Baldo. It’s only 1750metres. If that doesn’t sound particularly relaxing to you then take the cable car up. There are spectacular views of the lake and the Dolomites, plus there’s a restaurant. And you can hire mountain bikes at the bottom and take them up in the cable car and then ride them down… Malcesine is also a great destination for golf, paragliding, sailing, waterskiing and other watersports. Plus hiking of course. And in winter there’s skiing.
Just don't forget that this is a very busy place, so if you want to guarantee your bed in one of the best places to stay in Malcesine, you'll have to be organised and book well ahead.
A small contemporary hotel on the edge of Lake Garda. Contemporary chic rooms, some with private balconies overlooking the lake. Excellent restaurant and terrace and its own private pebble beach with deck chairs. An good value spot for a romantic holiday, family friendly too.
Malcesine (Lake Garda)
Overlooking Lake Garda with fantastic views from its hillside location, this secluded rustic guesthouse is a relaxing spot, off the beaten track. Simple but stylish bedrooms have either a terrace or balcony for enjoying the views, plus there's an infinity pool in the pretty garden.
Popular belle epoque villa with lovely grounds overlooking the lake. Five Italian Villas with simple traditional rooms. Highlights include outdoor pool, fitness centre and small relaxation spa. Good value for a stunning spot.