Activities in Ascona

Discover Ascona

Located directly on the lake, with its palm trees and typical houses painted in bright colors, this former fishing village has been transformed into a place not to be missed with Mediterranean charm.
Ascona is a real paradise and its characteristic lake promenade makes this small town on Lake Maggiore a unique jewel.

Ascona is a place rich in history, art and culture. Its privileged location and mild climate make it a popular vacation spot for cycling, discovering the valleys, practicing water sports, playing in one of the most famous 18-hole golf courses in Switzerland or spending the warm summer nights at the theater or dancing to music.

We are at your disposal to facilitate the organization of your stay and to reserve for you tickets for shows, a table at the restaurant, cultural, sports or nautical activities. Do not hesitate to contact us!

ASCONA Weather

Activities in Ascona - Locarno and surroundings


Events and happenings

  • Camelie Locarno (March)
  • L’immagine e la parola, Locarno/Ascona (March)
  • Eventi letterari Monte Verità, Ascona (April)
  • Slow Up Ticino, Locarno (April)
  • Sapori Ticino, Lago Maggiore region
  • Leoncavallo Festival, Brissago (May)
  • Strawberry Festival (May)
  • Flea market, Locarno (Ascension weekend)
  • Street Artists Festival, Ascona (July)
  • Notte Bianca, Locarno (June)
  • JazzAscona (June – July)
  • Festival organiztico, Magadino (July)
  • Luci e Ombre, Locarno-Muralto (July)
  • Moon & Stars, Locarno (July)
  • Vallemaggia Magic Blues (July – August)
  • Polo Cup Ascona (September)
  • Longines CSI International Horse Show, Ascona (September)
  • Fireworks, Ascona (August)
  • Locarno Film Festival (August)
  • Verzasca Country Festival, Sonogno (August)
  • Settimane Musicali, Ascona (September – October)
  • Triathlon, Locarno (September)
  • Autunno Gastronomico Lago
  • Maggiore (September – October)
  • Autumn Festival, Ascona (October)
  • Chestnut Festival, Ascona (October)
  • Ascona-Locarno Run (October)
  • Locarno on Ice, Locarno

Visit the Ascona – Locarno website for more information about the events.

Hiking with llamas

Summer activities

  • Trekking with llamas in Mount Comino
  • Treasure hunt (4 different routes)
  • Falconry of Locarno
  • Centovalli by train
  • The sacred mountain “Madonna del Sasso
  • Golf
  • Mountain Bike
  • Panoramic swings
  • Verdasio-Rasa cable car
  • Intragna and its bell tower
  • Dimitri Theatre
  • Funicular ascent to the “Madonna del Sasso
  • Boccia al bosco hiking circuit
  • Thematic trails
  • Yoga Trail
  • Energy Routes
  • Stone path

Visit the website of Ascona – Locarno for more information on summer activities.

Activities in case of bad weather

  • Wellness and well-being
  • Aquasplash
  • Handicraft
  • Art Galleries
  • Churches
  • Exhibitions
  • Bowling and billiards
  • Visit to the Loco Mill
  • Casino

Visit the Ascona – Locarno website for more information on rainy day activities.

Winter activities

  • Bosco Gurin (traditions and legends)
  • Winter hikes
  • Snowshoeing excursions
  • Moonlight excursion
  • Ski
  • Sleds and snow tubes
  • Snowscout
  • Ice rink

Eating out


Gastronomy Ascona


Gastronomy in the area

“Al Grott café
Brione s/Minusio

BLU Restaurant & Lounge

Grotto Broggini


Ristorante Isole di Brissago
Islands of Brissago

Ristorante Giardino Lago
Minusio (view on the lake)

Grotto Pozzasc

Plats italiens

From us to you

Osteria Nostrana
Best pizzas in Switzerland, typical local and delicious wine

Da Enzo
Very nice Grotto (remember to reserve your table)

Grotto America
Nice Grotto, beautiful terrace with view on the Maggia

Ristorante Seven
Modern restaurant, young innovative cooks

Wine cellars

Craft beers of Ascona-Locarno