Paragliding on Lake Maggiore is both an adrenaline rush and an unforgettable adventure. The altitude difference, gliding over Locarno and coming down on a tiny island in the Maggia Delta (the only such landing site in the country) are three unique features that make this experience even more special.
All it takes is a little courage to see Lake Maggiore from above. Floating along the mountain ranges free as a bird, doing laps above the lake and watching the vibrant hustle and bustle of the city from up high: Ascona-Locarno is the perfect place for anyone with a head for heights and a sense of adventure. A real mecca for paragliders.
Switzerland is home to between 8000 and 9000 licensed paragliders. Some 300 of them live in Canton Ticino – and no wonder: here on Lake Maggiore they enjoy spectacular flights from Cardada-Cimetta (alt. 1647 m), only 10 minutes by cable car from Locarno, down to the Maggia Delta at alt. 195 m. This particular arena benefits from three special attributes: the flight directly over the city, the landing on a tiny island, and the substantial difference in altitude (approx. 1452 m). Three particularities in Switzerland that are arguably unique. Given a southerly wind, the flight from Cardada-Cimetta takes a good 20-25 minutes – up to over an hour if the wind is right. The flight benefits from an ever-changing awe-inspiring vista. At times you can see the Verzasca valley, Vallemaggia and Centovalli simultaneously. Northerly winds are no good for this particular flight, even if the sun’s belting down.