Fancy a break in the sun? 

Did you know that Ascona-Locarno enjoys more than 2300 hours of sunshine a year? Not for nothing are we known as the sunniest spot in Switzerland.

When the sun slowly wakes from hibernation, Lake Maggiore is the perfect place to take advantage of it. Relax on one of the red benches dotted along the lakeside promenade and bask in the warmth while watching the sun's rays glistening like diamonds on the water; walk along the river without a jacket, or have a lie-down in the sun somewhere after lunching at a grotto restaurant. 

What if it doesn't rain?  Missing those days curled up on the sofa? Don't worry, we've some great suggestions for things to do:

  • Relax on a terrace: Sitting at a stone table, enjoying the local cuisine beneath a pergola of climbing plants.

  • Take a tropical photo for back home: Emerald green water and rocks shimmering white in the sun? No, it's not the Maldives, but the Verzasca valley. A spring walk on the Sentierone.

  • Out and about: The possibilities are so vast that it's hard to decide. One thing's for sure: it's never boring. From themed trails to leisurely walks along the river, from cultural tours of museums, monuments and historical attractions to classics along the lake promenades in Ascona or Locarno. On foot or by bicycle.

  • Have a break: With so much to see and do, don't forget that you're actually here to unwind and take things easy. Very easy, like a real Ticinese. Have a coffee or ice cream, sit back and let the locals regale you with stories.

Watch out for sunburn! The Ticino tan can make people a little envious. 

If you're out in the sun and don't fancy any unwelcome surprises, use sun lotion, wear a hat and sunglasses and drink plenty of water. Back home, your (non-red) tan will make everyone see red! Are you a sun-worshipper? Share your sunniest moments with us on social media using #myasconalocarno.

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