The Dolce Vita lifestyle An unforgettable holiday in Ascona-Locarno

Discover Ascona-Locarno - holidays for everyone. You can explore, be active, relax, and enjoy great food - whatever you like!

No matter if you prefer to travel around, are looking for an active break or a relaxing wellness holiday, combined with local cuisine. For couples, solo travellers and families!

Travel around

You can discover the most beautiful corners of the Lake Maggiore region by car, in the saddle of your motorbike, on a bike or on a romantic train journey full of nostalgia.

The Centovalli Railway is the shortest and most beautiful connection between Lake Maggiore, the French speaking part of Switzerland and Berne, the capital of Switzerland.

A modern cable car in Orselina – located just above the stunning monastery of Madonna del Sasso - allows you to reach Cardada (1340m altitude) in just a few minutes and from there the chairlift takes you up to Cimetta (1670m altitude). Here a breath-taking view of Lake Maggiore and the surrounding mountain peaks welcomes you as well as the viewing platform, the play path and the geological observatory.

From the mountain peaks to the lake: the boats of Navigazione Lago Maggiore will let you discover the many facets of the lake region… the botanical gardens on the Brissago Islands, the charming lake villages such as Ascona, Locarno, Brissago, Tenero and Vira and the traditional markets in Luino, Cannobio and Intra are worth a stopover!


Stunning view over the Brissago Islands

Be fit and relaxed!

The Ascona-Locarno region offers a wide variety of outdoor sports activities in the hidden valleys, on the lakeside, in the wild rivers or on a mountain top… Something for all tastes!

You can count on finding new mountain bike trails, 1400 km of hiking paths, running trails and, for the brave ones, many adrenaline sports such as bungee jumping, paragliding, canyoning, rafting…

Also take some time off to relax and recharge your batteries! Spa resorts such as "Termali Salini & Spa" and the Lido Locarno, wellness hotels and special health facilities as well as magic places, offering you peace and quiet, like the mythical Monte Verità.


Termali Salini and Spa Locarno

Fantastic for children

Ascona-Locarno is the perfect playground for kids of all ages: family hotels, campsites, restaurants and attractions are pleased to welcome you. A large variety of kids activities are there to tempt you: the Falconry, the Lido in Locarno, the adventure park and many others…

In the Lake Maggiore region, there are not two but three treasure hunts… A fun way to spend the day and discover the region! Pick your favourite playground between Cardada, Locarno or the Brissago Islands, start the adventure seeking by picking up the treasure map and win the hidden gift!


Cable car in Orselina


Enchanting lifestyle

Il grotto ticinese

From the traditional gastronomy in the typical "Grotti" (= grottoes: simple taverns with local gastronomy) to a delicious ice cream on the inspiring Piazza Grande in Locarno or a coffee break with a stunning lake view... there is something for every taste in Ticino!

From palm trees to glaciers, ancient churches and modern architecture, quiet valleys and international events like the Festival del Film di Locarno, Moon & Stars, JazzAscona or MagicBlues. This is what makes this region unique and fascinating.


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Author: Wendy Zala

Wendy Zala works for Ascona-Locarno Tourism and lives in the area. She enjoys all kinds of outdoor sports, the regional cuisine and the Mediterranean lifestyle. In the summer, she enjoys the diverse range of events and, in winter, relaxes in one of the wellness oasis of course… All this combined with stunning views.

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