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Magical Lake Maggiore holidays 2020

If you’re looking for a European lake holiday in 2020, Lake Maggiore is the perfect destination. Lake Maggiore has a privileged position between Italy and Switzerland and is famous for its beautiful palm-lined promenades, classic villas and the stunning archipelago of the Borromean Islands. The towns of Baveno and Stresa are located on the west shore of the lake, in the tranquil Borromean Bay, looking out over the islands.

Stresa is comprised of three central piazzas with cobbled pedestrianised streets that wind around the town, a great selection of shops and cafes and a popular weekly market. In contrast, Baveno has a more laid-back ambience and is 2 kilometres from Stresa. Baveno also has its fair share of restaurants and cafes, as well as a little lido outside of the village that is open late during the summer months. For a relaxing day out, head to the quaint hamlet of Meina 13 kilometres to the south of Stresa. There are some truly magical experiences to be had in this area, including spotting white peacocks in the gardens of the palace at Isola Bella, enjoying a multi-sensory experience throughout the historic Luigi Guffanti cheese caves and listening to live jazz at the Verbanella restaurant.

Why book Lake Maggiore holidays

Lush natural wonders

Picturesque fishing villages against a backdrop of rolling green hills and lakes 

Sample the local food

Mmm - tasty Italian dishes with a side of glistening lakeside views

World-class museums

Check out Rocca di Angera for doll and toy collections or Museo Internazionale Design Ceramico for stunning ceramics 

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Top attractions

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Lake Maggiore extends for about 65 kilometres, stretching into the beautiful Ticino region in Switzerland. The name ‘maggiore’ in fact means major, belying the fact that it is actually the second largest of the northern lakes in Italy. Many of the top attractions in the area are located on the western shore, on the Borromean Islands. Nature lovers will enjoy the diversity of flora and fauna in Lake Maggiore, including a wide variety of subtropical species including olives, pomegranates and figs, in addition to some truly spectacular plants and flowers.

Boats regularly depart from Lake Maggiore and travel around the three local islands, stopping at Isola Bella, which has picturesque terraces and a stunning palace. Most visitors find the most impressive part of the palace to be the gardens, which have row upon row of orange trees and magnolias, sago palms and carob trees, and incredible white peacocks. Another popular attraction is the Villa Taranto, constructed following the Second World War by a former Scottish army officer and botanist who curated a collection of plants from around the world. Another landmark is the San Carlone statue, which serves up a double purpose as a monument to the Cardinal Archbishop of Milan, as well as being a great photographic spot.

Beaches

Beaches

Thanks to the mild climate you can swim in Lake Maggiore year-round. If you prefer warm waters and balmy weather, schedule your holiday for the summer months and you can take a dip in the pleasant waters whenever you like. The lake is lined with beaches that are all well-maintained and beautiful, as well as plenty of public swimming pools. On the northern side of the lake in Ticino, you have to pay for entrance to most of the beaches, but this just further guarantees their quality and cleanliness. Beaches around the lake include Laveno, Luino, Maccagno and Cannero. Most of the beaches around the public swimming areas of the lake are shingle beaches, and they vary in coarseness of the sand, with many having smooth gravel. The beaches overall are clean and well-maintained, with the north of the lake having the most pristine waters of all. In the waters off Lake Maggiore, the waters are outstandingly clear and clean, making them the ideal setting for diving.

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Lake Maggiore weather

Lake Maggiore weather
Jan
4°C
Avg. Dry Days 25
Feb
4°C
Avg. Dry Days 20
Mar
8°C
Avg. Dry Days 20
Apr
13°C
Avg. Dry Days 14
Nov
8°C
Avg. Dry Days 19
Dec
5°C
Avg. Dry Days 25

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Where do you fly to for Lake Maggiore?

There’s a few airports you might fly into for a Lake Maggiore holiday, including Lugano Airport and Milan Malpensa.

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