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Tour description

A magnificent panoramic itinerary along the shores of Lake Maggiore. It’s an easy path, entirely flat, on roads which are mostly entirely reserved for pedestrians and cyclists. Starting from Tenero, where there’s a wide parking area next to the National Youth Sport Centre, you head in the direction of the lake, crossing the Lago Maggiore camping area until you reach the Tenero Lido. Continue on, leaving the lakeshore for a small section, crossing the expanse of the sports centre, which borders Camping Miralago and Camping Tamaro. Once back on the lakeshore, you carry on towards Minusio. From the communal harbour, head toward Locarno along the pedestrian path. Among the multitude of splendid villas, you can admire the commanding “Cà di ferro”, built during the middle of the Sixteenth Century and used as military base for mercenaries. This is one of the most important historical buildings of the region. Shortly after you reach Rivapiana, featuring welcoming grassy areas and little sandy beaches. Further you can see the San Quirico church inside the park of the villa which carries the same name. You now arrive at the Muralto lakeside, featuring a wide range of restaurants where you can taste many of dishes typical of the local cuisine. Along the path there is also a large play area for the small ones. After having passed Locarno’s landing stage, you carry on toward Locarno harbour itself (Porto Regionale di Locarno) through the pretty Jean Arp gardens, where you can admire nine works by the famous artist. Immediately after, the extremely modern Lido di Locarno, open all year thanks to its thermal pools. Continue on through Parco della Pace, a true oasis of peace, and the Parco delle Camelie (featuring more than 900 varieties!). The path carries on to the Maggia river, where you walk along the left side of the river for one and a half km, until the Losone bridge. You then go left, cross the bridge and travel onwards on the right side of the river in the opposite direction for some five hundred metres. You first pass the Terreni alla Maggia farm, then the Losone golf course, to then reach the lakeside once again. The walk ends on the magnificent Ascona lakeside, a large square opening onto the magical natural spectacle of the bay.

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Places along the route: Tenero - Minusio - Muralto - Locarno - Ascona


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Tour history (B04670)

First published: Samstag, 11. April 2015

Last updated: Montag, 13. April 2015

Tour published by: Presented by www.ascona-locarno.com

Tour characteristics

Distance: 15.7 km | Time requirement: 3¾ h
Ascent: 15 m | Descent: 11 m
Highest point: 208 m.a.s.l.

Difficulty T1 Hiking

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See also

Ascona-Locarno Tourist Office
Infodesk Locarno
Largo Zorzi 1
CH - 6600 Locarno
Tel.: +41 (0)848 091 091
Fax: +41 (0)91 759 76 94
E-Mail: info@ascona-locarno.com
Internet: www.ascona-locarno.com