ASCONA THE PEARL OR LAKE MAGGIORE
Ascona is often called the "Pearl of Lake Maggiore" because of its cultural heritage and its touristic allure. It is situated in the Ticino region, near the delta of the Maggia River, on the shores of a splendid sunny bay. Its unique position, Mediterranean climate and a long tradition of tourism and warm local hospitality, makes Ascona an ideal and celebrated holiday resort.
Ascona also has a cultural and artistic heritage, dating back to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, which is still very much alive in the delightful town centre or "borgo". Ascona’s famous for this old world spirit, its mild climate and the lake promenade which is dotted with street cafés and boasts a rather latin ambience.
Sit on a lake side bench in the shade of some great sycamores and close your eyes a minute…let yourself be caressed by the breeze….you will feel the holiday spirit.
The cosy restaurants on the boardwalk, aperitifs, ice cream cones, the little shops in the back streets of the old town, the palm trees dancing in the summer breeze all contribute to relaxed holiday images you’d find at the sea, but here we are not at the sea! We are on lake Maggiore, in Tessin, southern Switzerland, to be exact.
Here, summer is abounding in events, from performing street artists to various music festivals such as the Ascona Jazz Festival. The surrounding mountains offer an array of possible excursions, walks and sports.
CLOSE TO OUR HEARTS
"The summer feeling of this village, the lake, the little streets, the Ascona jazz festival."
WHAT TO VISIT IN ASCONA AND IN THE NEARBY REGION
IN THE VILLAGE:
1. Enjoy an aperitif at the many bars on the famous boardwalk.
2. Lose yourself in the captivating alleyways of the old town.
3. Trek along the panoramic route connecting Monte Verita' to Ronco, over Ascona.
4. Relax at the Ascona lido.
IN THE NEARBY REGION:
1. Book an excursion to Brissago island by boat.
2. Take a day trip to the Maggia and Verzasca valleys.
3. Visit the Unesco heritage site at Bellinzona’s castles.
4. Discover the Cardada day trip.
5. Drive on the panoramic road of the Maggiore lake.
6. Visit Arona, Stresa and the Borromean islands.
7. Locarno the city of Lake Maggiore.
WHERE TO SLEEP IN ASCONA - HOTELS, B&B, APARTMENTS
Ascona offers a large number of hotels and holiday houses. It is possible to find an accomodation in the town or in the panoramic villages of the lake.
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HOW TO GET TO ASCONA
Ascona is located on the north side of Maggiore lake. It is well connected and accessible by pubblic transport and with the boat service of the lake.
If you arrive by car, we strongly advise that you leave the car in the convenient car park at the far end of the lake promenade or at the nursery school, under the Coop supermarket. To best visit the valley, consider hiring a car or scooter.
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ZHR - Zurich airport 2,30h
BSL - Basel airport 3,00h
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