About the Lake Lugano region
The Lake Lugano region is surrounded by Italy, and that clearly shows in architecture, food and atmosphere. It is a wonderful holiday destination with forested mountains, mild climate, a pretty lake and the pleasant city of Lugano.
WHAT TO DO
Mountain tops, hiking trails, boat trips and more to see and do.
The hotels to consider in the Lake Lugano region.
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What to expect around Lake Lugano?
The southern part of the canton of Ticino is dominated by Lake Lugano (Lago di Lugano). There is a lot of sun shine on average. The Mediterranean climate results in mild winters and warm summers. We think the best time to visit the Lake Lugano region is late March to early June and early September to late October. If you like warm weather (27 °C average maximum), then June to August is perfectly fine as well.
Interestingly, 1.6 km2 (0.6 sq miles) of the region is Italian territory. The town Campione dʼItalia on Lake Lugano is entirely surrounded by Switzerland.
Where to stay?
Lugano is an attractive busy city right on the lake, with countless shops, restaurants and hotels. If you like a lively central base with perfect train connections, then this is the place to be. Other towns of some size are Chiasso and Mendrisio.
If you prefer smaller villages, you'll find several of them on the lake. Examples of villages with train stations are are Ponte Tresa and Melide. Some villages without a train station are Castagnola and Morcote.
The lake is surrounded by steep forested mountains around 1000 m high. The highest peak in the area is Monte Generoso (1700 m). In general there are lots of colorful flowers and quite some palm trees.
Must do's in the Lake Lugano region
A trip up to Monte Generoso is recommended as that gives you an overview of a huge area, as well as a very nice train ride. A boat ride on Lake Lugano is very much worth it. If arrival or departure via the Gotthard Panorama Express fits your itinerary then be sure to include that too. Please find further suggestions here.
Don't have much time? You can do a one day Ticino trip to see the highlights.
TOWNS IN THIS REGION
The city of Lugano is sitting on a lake in a very scenic area in southern Switzerland. Lugano is well connected to the entire region by trains, buses and boats.