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Lake Lugano

Known for its remarkable Alpine beauty, Lake Lugano is also unique in that 63% of it is situated in Switzerland with the remaining 37% is in Italy.

Measuring some 48.7 kilometres in length and 279m in depth, the waters of this glacial lake are surprisingly warm – ranging from 19.5 degrees to 24 degrees in the summer months. Bathing is therefore a popular pursuit as evidenced by the 50 plus bathing establishments lining the Swiss shore!

Surrounded by majestic mountains, dotted with beautiful medieval villages and small towns Lake Lugano is an incredibly popular tourist attraction. Known for its gorgeous vistas, delicious food, festivals and opportunities for outdoor sports and activities it has so much to offer.

The area’s astounding Alpine beauty does make it the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy getting out into nature to walk, bike or hike. The lake itself is also teeming with fish. These peaks promise extraordinary views which are capitalised on by a funicular which transports visitors to the top of Monte Bre, and another which whisks awe-struck visitors to the summit of Monte san Salvatore.

The cosmopolitan Swiss town of Lugano (the lake’s namesake) is a sophisticated and highly sought-after and ‘must-see’ destination. The largest town in the holiday region known as Ticino, this is Switzerland’s third most important financial centre and a prime hub for conferences, banking and business.

However, do not mistake the town’s business focus for lack of beauty – it is brimming with lush parks and sub-tropical plants, elegant villas and sacred buildings. With its mild climate, vibrant squares and arcades, the feel here is distinctly Mediterranean. Art and culture buffs are also spoilt for choice in a town that prides itself on its world-class exhibitions, museums, festivals, food and architecture.