Lido, lake, river or pool: whether you fancy going for a sail or relaxing at the beach, make water the highlight of your holiday and dive into the captivating atmosphere of Ascona-Locarno. Just for you, we’ve come up with six experiences on or by the lake so you can enjoy the water in all its beauty.
1. Skim over the water
In the morning, the sun pleasantly warms the air without becoming scorchingly hot and the lake is calm, a blue that may not quite be like the sea but doesn’t fall short by much. And when it comes down to it, lakes provide the best surface for sports on the crest of a wave, like wakeboarding and wakesurfing, which may well look similar but are not the same thing. Wakeboarding is a type of water skiing on a board on which, thanks to the traction of the boat and a special course, you can pull off spectacular tricks; this is what makes it one of the disciplines in the famous X Games and one of the most popular summer sports among snowboarders. Wakesurfing is closer to real surfing because you surf the continuous wave of the wake from a boat (not the one dragging you along). With the wind on your skin, the water spraying on your face and the calm expanse of the lake...how could you not feel free on this fresh, clear and crystalline water?
2. Feel the wind in your sails
If mornings are ideal for sports that involve artificial waves, afternoons, when the wind gets up on the lake, are the favourite time for those who love being pulled along by the wind. The lake comes alive with white sails on the horizon, sailors hoist the mainsail and windsurfers take their boards out onto the water to show that surfing can be fun far away from the sea and its waves. Here on Lake Maggiore we know what we’re doing: Mistral, who first developed the concept of a board with a sail, making windsurfing an international sport, is a Swiss brand.