Lake and rivers

Clear emerald green waters are not only reminiscent of the Caribbean. Crystal clear depths, white rocks shimmering in the sun and water to rival the tropics: pay a visit to our valleys and you’ll soon see that paradise is just a stone’s throw from home.

Peccia, Val Lavizzara

Where Lago Maggiore is formed

A long and narrow lake with many shores for swimming or sunbathing, public or natural beaches, slides and water activities and, last but not least, relaxing green areas. A boat excursion will allow you to discover the region’s most hidden corners, or will get you to the Brissago Islands, a real botanical jewel.

The understated charm of fresh water

Leave the lake region behind for the waters of the valleys and you’ll find yourself confronted by a real natural paradise. Gneiss canyons cut through by turquoise rivers, green forests within arm’s reach of the banks, gorges and waterfalls ideal for sports such as canyoning, kayaking and rafting. It’s not by chance that the Valle Verzasca and Vallemaggia are favourite destinations for swimmers, bewitched by the clearness of these waters. And then there are the alpine lakes, spectacular mirrors of water set among the mountains, a destination for a great many high-altitude hiking trails. Here are three suggestions for spending a day discovering the most refreshing spots in our valleys.

Enjoy the water yes, but safely

The tempting beauty of mountain rivers, sometimes placid, sometimes more impetuous, also conceals great dangers. Not everywhere is suitable for swimming; currents and whirlpools can take you by surprise. Enjoy your day without any nasty surprises by reading our recommendations on safe swimming.

So, which activity will make you fall in love with our region this summer? Share your experience with us on social media by using the hashtags #myasconalocarno and #myasconalocarnoACTIVE, and remember, the summer in the Ascona-Locarno region is not just about swimming and sport: get changed out of your costume and enjoy the full programme of major events this season. Everything you won’t want to miss is just waiting for you!

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