The enchanting little village of Cadenabbia, which sits on the shores of Lake Como in Italy, has long been a summer refuge for writers, poets and aristocrats. There are several sumptuous villas and gardens in the area, and the village has magnificent views over the lake and the Dolomite mountains. You can enjoy a dip in the peaceful waters, explore the lake by kayak, or simply sit out on a café terrace and soak up the relaxed atmosphere and scenic beauty. You could explore the nearby villages, such as Tremezzo and Griante, and, if you’re in the mood for some bright lights, head to Milan for some spectacular shopping and nightlife.
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Your guide to Cadenabbia holidays
Cadenabbia is a beautiful little village sitting on the shores of Lake Como in Italy. It has magnificent views of the deep blue lake set against the dramatic peaks of the Dolomites, and the area has long inspired writers and poets. There are several aristocratic villas and gardens, and it’s been a popular summer retreat for the British (including Queen Victoria) since the 19th century. It’s a wonderful place for a relaxing holiday, and you can cool off in the lake, perhaps do a spot of fishing or kayaking, or head into the hills for some outstanding hikes. There are lots of pretty little villages to explore, and the dynamic city of Milan is under 2 hours away by car.
There isn’t a beach as such in Cadenabbia, but you can spend a very enjoyable day at the Lido di Cadenabbia, which is a lakefront club with a pool, sun loungers and bar. At sunset, you can soak up the gorgeous views of Bellagio, a beautiful village set just across the water. There’s a small, public beach just a few hundred metres along the coast in Griante, which is well equipped with sun beds and umbrellas for rent, as well as kayaks if you want to do some paddling around the coast. It’s a pebbly beach, so bring some beach shoes. There’s also a beach bar, ideal for a drink or snack, and there are more restaurants and cafés within a short stroll.
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