Walking in nature is good for the body as well as the soul. As daylight is in short supply, it’s even more important to tank up on the energy provided by sun and fresh air. If the weather’s playing ball, how about a mountain bike tour? What’s more, in winter the region acts as a magnet for climbers and boulderers, who prefer tackling the region’s wonderful crags and boulders in winter rather than when they’re exposed to the sun and heat of the summer. As a certified spa destination, the opportunity to relax is never very far away. A warming dip or a soothing massage is just the thing after a day spent in the fresh air. One of our main insider tips for the winter is Monte Verità and its Casa del tè. The historical hill above Ascona is home to one of the world’s northernmost tea plantations, complete with a delightful Japanese style tea house and a terrace, where you can read a book surrounded by greenery while sipping the locally grown beverage. Visiting on the right day, it’s even possible to take part in a traditional tea ceremony. Highly recommended!
Anyone yearning for tobogganing and alpine/cross-country skiing rather than mild temperatures, lakeside strolling and cafe culture should make a beeline for Bosco Gurin and Mogno: these compact winter resorts are no great distance from the lake and are popular with beginners as well as more advanced winter sports aficionados.