At Orselina near the church Madonna del Sasso you found the station of the cableway to Cardada. Thanks to the cable-cars' tear shape and windows on all sides down to the floor, their overall appearance is light and transparent. They are also easily accessible to the disabled and families with baby buggies. If you want, you reach the station travelling by funicolar, starting in Locarno and arriving just nearby.
Worthwhile in Cardada the landscape promontory that forms a kind of cut, a groove, in the forest landscape. Small motifs within the promontory slabs accompany the visitors reaching the funnel-shaped, widened end of the promontory. Small explanatory boards along the parapets explain the puzzling symbols that are encountered along the path, speaking of the origins of life. The view over Lake Maggiore is overwhelming and unforgettable. All along its 1.2 km length, the play path is punctuated by play equipment, devices that are intended to appeal to children and the young at heart alike. In line with the motto "Discover in a playful way", they light-heartedly evoke the spirit of adventure, fantasy, wonder and the pleasure of movement ? something that we have to some extent lost in our modern lifestyle. These are original and innovative games: for example the communicating wooden posts, which carry sounds over a distance and thus appear like precursors to the telephone. The little Indian village made up of two Indian tents, four totems and a small wooden fort. It is situated on the woods between the cable car arrival and the little church in Cardada.
A two-seater chairlift running parallel to the axis of the ropeway leads from Cardada to Cimetta, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking view during their ride. The highest point in Cimetta has been made into a geological observation point: a large, circular platform that merges into the layers of rock on the sides. This surface area is used to develop the theme of "The horizon of the rocks ? the clash of two continents". It is traversed by a straight line representing the Insubric line that separated the European and African plates millions of years ago. Rock hitting against rock, stone grinding against stone; some samples are presented here on the platform ground. The 360° panoramic view is from the Maggia river delta between Locarno and Ascona, the lowest point of Switzerland, to the Monte Rosa massif, the highest point of Switzerland.
Sport and leisure: 2 Helsana running walking trails, 1 orienteering for children, 1 orienteering for adults, mountain bike trail, paragliding and a foot sole massage path.
Cardada / Cimetta, just few minutes from Locarno, offers you peace, nature and wonderful walks and excursions. The restaurants and lodges are delighted to welcome you with traditional Ticino cuisine.
- Offer CFF-RailAway "Cardada", 07.12.2016 - 05.03.2017
- Treasure hunt - Cardada
- Summer offer Gusta Cardada, April-October
- Excursions in Cardada with snow shoes
- Cardada, Excursions at moonlight - January, February and March 2017
The cablecar and chairlift of Cardada-Cimetta are open from 6th of 17th of December 2016 until 5th of March 2017.
The ski area is open from 11th February until March.
Cardada Impianti Turistici SA
Via Santuario 5, 6600 Locarno
+41 91 735 30 30