Clock up some miles on the 1,400 km of hiking trails, roughly the same distance it would take to walk from Locarno to Copenhagen. Hiking aficionados won’t be disappointed by routes that lead into valleys, up mountains and down to the lake shore, through varied landscapes that range from palm trees to glaciers. Fitness freaks have a huge natural playground at their disposal: MTB routes, running and trail running itineraries, rock walls to climb, rivers to walk down, an entire lake for water sports, ice rinks, tennis courts and golf courses are just some examples. It’s the ideal place for an environmental and sustainability holiday. Thanks to the bike-sharing and e-bike network, extensive public transport service and numerous cable cars, the region is easy to explore and experience in an eco-friendly way.
Start your sustainable holiday on Lake Maggiore with your journey: thanks to AlpTransit, getting there by train has never been faster. Once here, you can get around by bus, bike, e-bike or, why not, electric car. Whichever you choose, thanks to Ticino Ticket, the region’s entire public transport network will be free if you stay overnight in one of the region’s hotels, hostels or camp sites. You’ll also receive various discounts on other services, such as ski lifts, museum tickets and plenty more besides. Stay in a hotel with a low environmental impact, such as the Eco-Hotel Cristallina, which puts the environment and local products at the centre of its concerns.
Stay in a hotel with a low environmental impact or a traditional stone house. The Eco-Hotel Cristallina and the Hotel & Lounge Lago Maggiore, for example, give pride of place to ecology and local products, using solar panels and water recovery in a way that makes them almost self-sufficient. The Locanda Fior di Campo and the Hotel Sass da Grüm are also committed to sustainability, are built from local approved materials, and offer kilometre zero products. Typical alpine stone houses and huts also have a low environmental impact.
Choose restaurants with a particular focus on kilometre zero foods or local products made or grown by local people. Grottoes offer typical cuisine made from local products, but plenty of restaurants also favour regional ingredients, such as the Locanda Barbarossa, which uses products grown on its own land and has been awarded a Michelin Green Star in recognition of sustainability.
There are plenty of eco-friendly activities. From mountain hikes to short trips in the region’s centres of energy, walks in nature reserves and bike rides. Activities such as llama trekking on Monte Comino contribute to preserving the region’s ecosystem. Experiences such as Bobosco and Swing the World re-use natural products, giving them a new purpose and prompting visitors to discover the landscape. Food & wine tours, on foot or by bike, support local producers.