If you’re looking for a relaxing spa experience with a mountain view, sport to chase away the stress, a dip in the lake in the summer sun or an outdoor coffee, this is truly the place where you can take some time for yourself, with your other half, friends or on your own, far from the stresses and strains of everyday life. With four wellness centres and five hotels with spas, the choice is vast. It’s time to give yourself a proper break: stop thinking and worrying, leave work tensions behind and immerse yourself in the gurgling silence of water in a world of wellness. Hot thermal baths a stone’s throw from the lake that banish overthinking, a Finnish sauna and Turkish bath to eliminate toxins and Kneipp water therapy to rebalance your mind before finishing with a nice relaxing massage to relieve tension. Don’t forget to rest awhile in the beautiful relaxation area, sipping flavoured water or delicious tea. Autumn is the perfect season to recharge with a wellness day because, as well as giving you energy for the winter, it also strengthens your immune system.
The ingredients are sourced from local and domestic produce, they are kind to the palate and good for morale. A boccalino (typical, plump, red and blue striped jug) of Merlot is the ideal accompaniment to a convivial atmosphere. The choice is vast, with Presidi slow food, the delicacies of modern restaurants and traditional dishes served in the grottos with those flavours reminiscent of childhood. If your remedy for stress is shopping in an undiscovered cultural setting, a stroll through Locarno's Old Town or through the streets full of art galleries in Ascona will be truly relaxing. In our region there are 22 museums, 7 theatres and more than 40 art galleries, a wide choice for all art lovers. Churches and Sacred Mounts, historic buildings, museums and art galleries all tell the rich history of the Lake Maggiore region.
Harmonising with the rhythms of nature forces us to slow down, breathe and enjoy the moment. Our head empties and our awareness increases. In this environment sport is the ideal solution for venting pent-up energy and releasing stress through physical activity. The range of sporting activities that can be practised in our region leaves plenty of room for imagination, personal preferences and, why not, trying something new. Rediscover your balance with a yoga session on the Saas da Grüm yoga trail, or set out on an energy route and recharge your batteries in powerful sites such as the Pagani cave in Arcegno, the church in Mogno or the Foroglio waterfall. Relaxing rounds of golf, intense running or mountain bike sessions, or why not even a shot of adrenaline with some extreme sports such as rafting, paragliding over the Maggia delta, canyoning or bungee jumping from the Verzasca dam?