A weekend in Malcesine, on the calm waters of Lake Garda, is ideal to “unplug”, free your mind from worries and stress and let yourself be captivated by the beauty of nature.
Malcesine is a charming village on the Veronese shore of Lake Garda, somewhere between a medieval hamlet and a tourist resort.
If you have just a couple of days available to visit Malcesine here below we suggest the spots not to miss.
Two-days itinerary in Malcesine
Malcesine is famous for its Scaligero Castle, an historical manor house that is the emblem of this waterside small town. When you reach the village, you can already see it in the distance with its majestic and reassuring crenellated tower.
The Scaligero Castle is a place much beloved by foreign tourists so much that it is often chosen as wedding location.
The Scaligero Castle houses some drawings by Goethe, an artist who loved Malcesine so much to devote pictures and quotes to it.
In the Castle rooms the Natural History Museum of Lake Garda (Museo di Storia Naturale del Garda) is housed, which offers visitors an interactive experience.
Exiting the Museum you reach a courtyard at the end of which there is a balcony overlooking the lake at a height of 24 meters. The panoramic view enjoyable from this terrace is unparalleled in all Lake Garda.
We suggest that you reach the Castle walking through the historical centre of Malcesine, taking the cobbled narrow streets dotted with artisan workshops and small typical restaurants.
The centre of Malcesine can be visited in a few hours but be aware that it’s very easy to get carried away by the beauty of its characteristic and very romantic views!
Relax in Malcesine
If compared to other small towns on the shore of the Lake, Malcesine is less crowded and more quiet. Therefore, its stunning beaches and coves assure relax and privacy.
Among the many of them we recommend the Navene beach where it is possible to freely go kitesurfing, harnessing the wind from the South at best. The Navene beach is 5 km North from the centre of Malcesine and is managed by a local kite club.
Lake and mountain in Malcesine
During your holiday weekend in Malcesine you shall absolutely find time to reach the summit of Mount Baldo using the ultra-modern cable car connecting the mountain to the village.
In a few minutes you will reach the natural terrace dominating the blue waters of the lake, at an altitude of 1,780 meters.
You’ll live a really unique experience: the cabins of the cable car are panoramic and rotating and offer passengers a complete view as far as the eye can see.
On the top of Mount Baldo you can taste delicious dishes from the local cuisine in one of the restaurants or decide to go hiking in the nature trails.
Where to sleep in Malcesine
Malcesine is one of Italy’s most beautiful villages, awarded the orange flag by Touring Club and it deserves a stay up to its elegance.
The Wellness Hotel Casa Barca will be your oasis of wellness during your weekend on the shores of Lake Garda. A few steps away from the historical centre of Malcesine, the Casa Barca reserves its customers the privilege of a pure relax cozy atmosphere.
In fact, the Wellness Hotel Casa Barca is one of the first Adults Only hotels in Italy: the hotel is not suitable for minors under the age of 16, a choice which meets the needs of our guests looking for a quiet and regenerating atmosphere, with the greatest tranquility.
The charm of this small town will immediately overwhelm you and we are sure that, as soon as you are back home, you will plan again a weekend in the amazing Malcesine!