Three ideas for a day by the river

Clear emerald green waters are not only reminiscent of the Caribbean. Crystal clear depths, gneiss and granite walls sparkling in the sun and water to rival the tropics: leaving the lake behind for the valleys and you’ll find yourself confronted by a real natural paradise. It’s not by chance that the Valle Verzasca and Vallemaggia are favourite destinations for swimmers, bewitched by the clearness of these waters. Experience the pleasure of watching the water foaming over pebbles, dip your feet in the cool water after a long walk in the sun or do some sport: the rivers of the Lake Maggiore region play a leading role in sporting activities that - thanks to the mild climate - can be practised almost all year round. Here are 3 ideas for enjoying a great day at the river.

  • The Ascona Locarno region abounds with valleys and rivers

  • Ticino, Verzasca, Maggia, Melezza, Isorno, Ribo, and their tributary streams and torrents: the rivers of the region are ideal for savouring the thrill of splashing in cool water when heat reigns supreme.

Rafting along the Maggia river

The Maggia is a challenging river for kayaking and rafting, but it gives incredible satisfaction in return.

The 18 km navigable stretch between Bignasco and Gordevio skims forests that come right down to the water’s edge, rocky islands and large boulders, passing through tranquil turquoise pools crowded with swimmers, small waterfalls and thrilling stretches of fast water. Between one adrenaline hit and the next, what really catches the eye is the beauty of the nature along the river, with its vivid colours and air that retains a hint of wildness.

Take home a tropical photo from the Verzasca Valley

The emerald waters of the Verzasca river are a spectacle to be seen at least once in your lifetime summer or winter. 

Take home a photo of one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, made up of tongues of rock and wonderfully crystal clear waters surrounded by nothing but green. It may look like the tropics but it’s actually Switzerland! Furthermore, the gorges of the Verzasca are considered one of the most beautiful spots in the world for kayaking. The large boulders in the middle of the river, steep descents, particularly challenging stretches and crystal clear emerald waters all make Verzasca one of the most popular descents with the most expert (and daring) enthusiasts.

Jumping down the gorges

Ticino, with its many valleys, is considered a slice of paradise by canyoning experts, one of the most beautiful places in the world to walk through rivers and jump down gorges and waterfalls.

With a good dose of courage and the right company, fun is guaranteed. If excitement is what you’re looking for, just look around: this landscape has plenty more to offer than may appear at first glance. Centovalli, Valle Verzasca and Vallemaggia are among the most popular routes in Ticino for this discipline. Are you ready to throw yourself into an adventure?

Safe waters

Rivers can be beautiful and placid or roaring and impetuous, hiding their dangers well. Not everywhere is suitable for bathing: the depth of the water, the currents and most importantly whirlpools can take you by surprise and should not be underestimated. Enjoy a carefree day by the river by following water safety recommendations.

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