Locarno is a city in the Swiss Canton of Ticino, located in the foothills of the Alps and found on the shore of Lake Maggiore. On holiday at Locarno self-catering accommodation you’ll be in a beautiful city known for its stunning castles and attractive old town, nestled in a breathtaking landscape of vineyards, lakes and mountains.
Visiting a holiday rental in Locarno you’ll find a host of interesting sights in the city. Perhaps the most famous of the city’s castles is Castello Visconteo, which was constructed in the 1100s, with most of the elements seen today dating to the 1400s and 1500s. Housed inside the building is the city’s main archaeological museum. Another important building from the middle ages is the Sanctuary of Madonna del Sasso, which sits in the hills above the city. The sanctuary can be reached via gondola and chair lift, and once there you’ll be able to enjoy spectacular views of the town and mountainous landscape around it.
In the old town, close to Locarno self-catering holiday rentals, you’ll be able to see The Casorella, which is an imposing mansion constructed in the 16th Century for the Orelli family. The Casa Rusca is also well worth seeing, famed for its impressive internal courtyard and housing an art museum.
There’s plenty more to see and do close to Locarno self-catering holiday accommodation. At Piazza Grande you’ll be in the city’s commercial hub, where the main shopping streets are located. Lake Maggiore is also an important attraction. On land you’ll find a promenade that runs along the city’s waterfront. It’s a great place to go for a walk, with wonderful scenery to admire. Alternatively you could take a boat trip from the city’s harbour out onto the lake.
During your stay at a Locarno holiday rental you could make the short trip to the Verzasca Valley, which is famed for its breathtaking scenery. The river itself is known for the clarity of its water, which makes it popular with river divers, and there are a number of designated sites for this activity.
On holiday at self-catering accommodation in Locarno you’ll encounter moderate conditions throughout the year. Winters at this elevation are cool without being excessively cold, and daytime highs often reach well above freezing. Summers are pleasantly warm, and daytime highs get up to the mid-20s.
The nearest major international airport to Locarno holiday rentals is Milano Malpensa (MXP) about 90 minutes to the south by car. Air One, British Airways, easyJet and Monarch fly from the UK to this destination.