Sunday, July 15, 2012

My favourite Lugano beaches

Ever since I was a little girl summer time not only brought warm weather and sunshine but many happy hours spent by the lake. My husband who grew up near the sea still can't get his mind around diving into a lake but I have trained my kids. Not much choice when you live in a landlocked country, one of 48 around the globe!

Lido di Caslano
My absoulte favourite spot is the Lido of Caslano. You need to rise early if you want to catch one of the four sunshades on the sandy beach but it is worth it:

Lido de Lugano
The biggest Lido is of course Il Lido de Lugano. Built in 1928, Lugano Lido’s charm has not faded with time. Though the facilities are constantly renovated, improvements always respect the original wooden structure. Lugano Lido is an extremely popular spot not only with residents of Lugano.
Facilities include:
a beach with fine sand (100 x 20 m) and the possibility of swimming in the lake
an Olympics-size pool heated to 25 degrees (50 x 25 m)
a heated medium-sized pool (25 x 12.5 m)
a diving pool with boards at 1, 3, 5 and 10 metres
a pool for children with water games
a beach volley court (25 x 13 m)
a five-a-side soccer pitch (25 x 13 m)
a very cool bar and restaurant area

Ever since 1992 the Lido also features a giant filmscreen in summer under the auspices of “Cinema al Lago", a festival of great films which has become more and more popular.

Lido di San Domenico
To find respite during torrid days at the beginning of summer the choice is not limited to Lugano Lido. Visit the Lido di San Domenico, an incredibly picturesque natural beauty-spot which affords stunning views over the lake and the Caprino shoreline. Once you have left Lugano behind, heading for Gandria, drive along that section of the Via Cortivo that skirts the village of Castagnola, and you are in the National Pre-alpine Park. Here the nature lover will find thick laurel groves, thriving olive trees, clumps of agave and a wealth of other Mediterranean flora.

Lido Riva Caccia
From the Lido Riva Caccia platform, close to the lakefront and the city centre, a wonderful landscape is to be admired; the setting is characteristic, exclusive and extremely pleasant. The story of this Lido goes back a long way, in tandem with Lugano's development as a centre for tourism. Construction of the "floating Lido” was the brainchild of the Pro-Lugano Association in 1889, inspired by what had already been proposed in Zurich.

Lido di Melide
Another stunning view is to be enjoyed at the Lido di Melide. This outing can be combined with a visit to the nearby Swiss Miniature.

There, you have a Lido for every day of the week. During the weekend you can revisit your favourite spots. Happy suntanning! Happy swimming!


Anonymous said...

So..let's stay in Lugano this summer, it's so beautiful and funny!

Expat with Kids said...

I totally agree. Have you tried the Stand-Up Paddling in Figino?

Sas said...

I have a question, we are planning on spending our day in Lugano tomorrow. We would like to go to a public piece of beach (not to swim, just to lay aroun) and enjoy the sun. But most Lidos are closed till May.. Do you recommend something? (I came across your blog while googling for lugano advice).

Unknown said...

I am traveling with my 6 and 8 year old boys on August. I’m trying to decide whether to keep our base in the city of Lugano with different day trips or to stay in Valsolda on the lake. Any thoughts?

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