Dip into the best lidos & lake swimming spots!

August, 15 2019 ( Updated September, 02 2021)


Staying on the Swiss Italian Lakes? Dip into our best lidos & lake swimming spots!

Whether you’re holidaying on Lake Maggiore, Lake Garda, Lake Como or Lake Lugano, the best lidos and beaches can be enjoyed here:

Lake Maggiore

With the clear lake waters of this magical Swiss Italian lake reaching 20-22°c in July and August, Lake Maggiore boasts a fantastic range of lake beaches, as well lidos to spoil couples, groups and families alike. A host of inviting beaches are scattered at pleasing intervals along the shoreline. Many beaches can be reached easily by car, with the largest offering on-site car parking. Such is the case at Maccagno’s popular lake beach. With its lakeside restaurants, pedalo, canoe and boat hire services featuring alongside a kids’ play area, volleyball courts and even skateboard ramps, families (including teenagers) will be kept happy! Ispra’s own lido beach and Arolo beach further along the shore in Leggiuno both provide a welcoming vibe for holidaymakers and skinny dippers.

On the opposite side of Lake Maggiore, Cannobio beach is a super family-friendly destination, with pedalo hire and water sports featuring alongside a pleasing grassy park with picnic tables, a kids’ play area and a welcoming stretch of lake beach. In nearby Stresa, visitors can soak up the smaller Lido di Baveno. With on-site water sport facilities, this popular little idyll provides the perfect spot for sunbathing and splashing around (please note that similar to Cannobio beach, sun loungers, chairs and parasols will  incur a small hire charge).

Lake Maggiore boasts some spectacular lidos too! Arguably the best on the lakes are the lidos in Ascona and Locarno. 

With free entry, Ascona lido offers an inclusive-feeling option for larger groups and families. A kids’ play area, volleyball courts and water slides complement the spacious grassy area and sandy beach, making it perfect for classic summertime fun. If you’re hungry for more, than the modern Locarno lido takes water-based fun to another level!

With well-being facilities, a gym and an Olympic size swimming pool on offer alongside various indoor and outdoor pools and a play pool with special water effects and water chute rides inspired by the rivers of Lake Maggiore, kids (and grown-ups) alike will have a fantasitc day! A poolside, lake view café also provides the perfect spot for savouring a morning breakfast, replenishing lunchtime snack or an ambient evening meal at sunset.

Lake Maggiore also boasts proximity to Aquadventure Park, a thrilling oasis of family-friendly amusement! With 3 waterslides, 3 pools and 2 beach areas to soak up (one of which is free) the park is a popular destination for carefree summer days. 

Lake Garda

If you’re exploring the resorts of Lake Garda this summer, you'll be happy to hear there are plenty of great lake beaches to soak up too! Bracco Baldo beach in Peschiera del Garda promises a beautiful laid-back haven for pooches and their humans! The dog-friendly setting invites visitors to take a refreshing lake dip, whilst the pebble beach will tempt many to relax and unwind on a sunbed, under the shade of a parasol (it is worth mentioning that whilst dogs are free to swim and play, dogs must be kept on leads whilst near the sunbeds on the main beach). The delightful, rustic beach is ideal for those looking to bring some snacks or a picnic along too, as currently there is no on-site shop or café.

When in Sirmione, the best lake beach to dip into has to be the beautiful Jamaica Beach, with its crystal-clear waters lapping the rocks and tempting beach bar with its holiday tunes setting the right ambience for a chilled beer or two.

Those staying along the northern tip of Lake Garda can enjoy immersing themselves in a relaxed beach day, along the shingle stretch of Sabbioni beach in Riva del Garda.

If you’re in search of a more organised affair than the lidos of Mirabello beach and Lido Palace will certainly appeal. The up-market 5* hotel is home to a luxury spa too, for all-weather relaxation, whilst Mirabello beach provides everything you need for enjoying an effortless beach day by the lake, with an on-site beach restaurant to relish at your leisure.

Lake Como

Once you’ve taken in the majesty of Lake Como’s villas and gardens, the best way to cool down is to let the lake waters lap against your feet. Lake Como offers a super range of lidos, alongside more relaxed (but no less scenic) options. The picturesque Lido di Lenno provides an intimate-feeling, pristine sandy lake beach, with crystal waters and stylish day beds accompanying the fashionable bar and restaurant. With the Villa Balbianello water taxi pontoon just next door, you’ll also be able to hop off and hop into the water on your return! As the sun sets, Lido di Lenno becomes a popular destination for the Milanese to enjoy some cocktails and drinks. This can be said for the equally appealing Lido di Bellagio, on the central peninsular of Lake Como. This stylish re-vamped lido is larger in size and offers a pool, as well as more space to people spot and be seen.

Families will enjoy the varied amusements on offer at the Lido di Menaggio. Also recently refurbished a few years ago, this large modern lido features an outdoor pool, a kids outdoor pool and sandy lake beach, accompanied by a grassy space, a kid’s play area, a volleyball court and a cocktail terrace, with DJ music to enjoy as the sun goes down. Along the Tremezzina shore, the Lido di Cadenabbia offers a strategic setting in between the top villa attractions, the main central lake ferry stop and pretty resort towns of Menaggio and Tremezzo. The outdoor pool and stylish restaurant will invite you to while away a morning and afternoon betweensightseeing trips. The central lake also offers some lovely low-key swimming spots, such as at the grassy Lido di Ossuccio (a relaxed family-friendly swimming spot, with picnic tables overlooking the beautiful Isola Comacina) and the public shingle beach at Lierna, perfect for soaking up a carefree moment with ducks, geese and beachside eateries to enjoy.

If you’re based to the south of Lake Como, then the memorable setting of Lido Villa Olmo is a superb choice when looking to relax and unwind. The lido offers 2 outdoor pools alongside a grassy park, sandy lake beach with swimming areas and a host of family facilities, as well as a popular beach bar, set all against the unforgettable back drop of Villa Olmo and the pleasing, passing seaplanes of Aero Club Como.

Lake Lugano

If you’re staying in the swish Swiss city of Lugano, than a trip to the city’s lido is must! Whether it’s to maximize your time off during a business trip, or to relax with your family, Lugano Lido offers the perfect antidote to a day out in the city. As well as the family pool, kid’s pool and Olympic size pool, the all-weather lido also offers lake access and plays host to water sport events and competitions.

On the outskirts of Lugano city, along the route of the scenic 'Olive Trail', is the Lido San Domenico. This relaxed, lakeside lido provides the perfect spot for enjoying a refreshing lake swim in the sunshine. The Lido in Melide also offers a fantastic spot for enjoying a lake swim. When the summer is hot and in full swing, the famous beauty spot of Valle Verzasca will appeal to grown-ups in search of an exhilarating swimming spot. Home to the iconic Goldeneye dam and idyllic mountains, the flowing clear waters of the Maggia river provide a scenic backdrop for competent swimmers (please note the current can be particularly strong, whilst the temperature can be icy at certain times of the year). Nearby, families can enjoy the river swimming spot at Valle Maggia, with its sandy beach and shallow ‘paddle-friendly’ waters.

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