The former fishing village of Ascona nestles in an attractive, sunny bay on Lake Maggiore. The old town and lake promenade make it a popular and stylish holiday destination with several of Switzerland’s best-known hotels. Lake Maggiore is ideal for water sports and the unspoiled valleys of the hinterland are perfect for a range of excursions and hikes.
The old village centre of Borgo is clustered around the San Pietro e Paolo Church, a columned 16th century basilica, its high campanile the landmark of Ascona. The rambling network of lanes, which houses all kinds of shops, leads directly to the piazza on the lakeside promenade, from where the views are simply stunning. Ascona’s lakeside promenade (Lungolago) with its patrician houses, sunny cafes and arcades opening towards the water is considered the most elegant esplanade on Lake Maggiore. Thanks to the mild climate, it’s also the perfect place to sit outside and enjoy sunny winter days.
Today, the holiday resort of Ascona, very close to Locarno, offers a beautiful 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, elegant boutiques, a spacious lido, luxurious hotels, many excellent restaurants, wonderful countryside walks, surfing, sailing and other watersports as well as cruises on Lake Maggiore. The splendid, unspoiled natural surroundings of the nearby Ticino side valleys such as the Maggiatal and Centovali offer a wide range of excursions, hiking and biking.
Information on arrival and all touristic offers:
Ente Turistico Lago Maggiore
Viale Papio 5
CH - 6612 Ascona
from Switzerland 0848 091 091
from abroad +41 848 091 091
Fax: +41 91 759 76 94