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Destination guide

Relax in a Lake Como holiday let

Lake Como, which branches into the rising Alps, just north of Milan, is one of the jewels of the Italian lakes region. Snow-mantled peaks serrate the horizon on its top end, heralding the rugged glacier valleys of Switzerland, just across the border. All around the banks, below chiselled cliffs and gnarled limestone crags, little villages and towns reflect in pastel hues in the shimmering water. It's little wonder that such a beautiful place has become something of a playground for beautiful people – jet-setter villas host the likes of George Clooney and Madonna in the summer months. Lake Como holiday lettings can be your ticket to rubbing shoulders with A-listers, not to mention alpine hikes, romantic boating days and a hard-earned little taste of la dolce vita.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Lake Como

Are you hoping to find things to do during your stay? Venture out of your holiday home and check out everything that makes Lake Como a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. Here are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Jungle Raider Park (2.2 mi / 3.5 km)
  • Menaggio and Cadenabbia Golf Club (4.2 mi / 6.7 km)
  • Menaggio Beach (4.6 mi / 7.4 km)
  • Argegno Cable Car to Pigra (5.1 mi / 8.3 km)
  • Pigra Cable Car (5.2 mi / 8.3 km)
  • Lanzo Golf Club (9.5 mi / 15.3 km)
Outdoor activities

Adventuring in the outdoors around Lake Como holiday homes

This enchanting body of water stretches more than 45 kilometres into the heart of the Italian Alps, and has long been a magnet for outdoorsy types. On the western banks, Lake Como holiday homes have trailheads right on their doorstep. You can pull on the hiking boots there and join La Via dei Monti Lariani as it wiggles through the alpine pastures for over 120 kilometres. Parts of the trek take you to the Valle Albano, where the high-altitude meadows reward walkers with views of the rocky Marmontana massif, on the border with Switzerland. Meanwhile, back down on the water's edge, everything from sailing to windsurfing is a possibility.

Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Lake Como

Whether you're an adventurous traveller or just want to appreciate the scenery, Lake Como is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are a few of the area's most enchanting sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Villa Melzi Gardens (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • Villa Serbelloni (2.4 mi / 3.9 km)
  • La Punta Spartivento (2.6 mi / 4.3 km)
  • Menaggio Beach (4.6 mi / 7.4 km)
  • Nesso Waterfalls (5.1 mi / 8.2 km)
  • Argegno Beach (5.2 mi / 8.4 km)
How to get there

Travelling to and around Lake Como

The nearest airport is in Lugano (LUG-Agno), located 16.1 mi (25.9 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Bergamo (BGY-Orio Al Serio), which is 30.2 mi (48.5 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Lierna Station, Fiumelatte Station and Mandello del Lario Olcio Station are the main stations in the city. Utilise the area's public transport and catch a ride on the metro at Lecco Maggianico Station or Como Nord Lago Station to more easily navigate the city.

Restaurants and bars

The top places to eat out around Lake Como

  • Bellagio has chic and stylish bars for that lakeside aperitif
  • Como has oodles of family pizzerias that shouldn't break the bank
  • Tremezzo has local Lombard delicatessens serving mountain cheeses and hams
  • Menaggio is the place to see and be seen while devouring an Italian gelato
  • Low-key Italian food mingles with Swiss cuisine in the northern town of Colico
Essential info

Facts to know about Lake Como

  • Lake Como is one of the deepest lakes in Europe, going more than 400 metres down
  • The tap water is tasty and safe to drink all around Lake Como
  • Lake Como is at its busiest in the summer months, between June and August
  • Milan Malpensa is the closest airport to Lake Como – it's just 45 minutes away
  • Check cover charges aren't included in your bill before leaving the customary 10% tip in restaurants
Maximise your budget

Your luxury villa rental in Lake Como

Get ready to channel real jet-setter vibes on the banks of Lake Como. Italianate villas and stunning mountain retreats speckle the banks from north to south. You can find opulent mansions with centuries of history spilling out from their carved balconies and Renaissance facades. Many also have green gardens topped by slinky Mediterranean cypresses running right by the side of the lake – a morning swim in total seclusion, perhaps? And talking of swimming, personal pools are commonplace in luxurious Lake Como villa rentals, often wedged onto rock-cut shelves above elegant towns like Bellagio and Tremezzo, offering sweeping panoramas of the peaks from their adjoining sun terraces.

Good for couples

Get the romance flowing in Lake Como

Honeymoons and Lake Como holiday rentals are a match made in heaven. You can bag you and your other half a pad that has stunning lakeside views, a glistening pool overlooking the Italian Alps and a large garden for those celebratory flutes of prosecco, come evening. Active duos might prefer to hit the hiking paths that lead into the Rhaetian Alps – you could find total seclusion on the flowering meadows, up there – apart from the fluttering butterflies, of course. And then there are the long, languid boat rides that can be taken from towns like Bellagio. It's even possible to charter your own little vessel and have a picnic while bobbing on the green-blue waters.

How many holiday rentals are available around Lake Como?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 4,047 holiday lettings around Lake Como. From 496 villas to 690 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a village property near Lake Como?

Switch off your alarm, because you'll have no use for it where you're off to. It's time to kick back, relax and live like the locals do. HomeAway offers 807 village holiday rentals here. Alternatively, you might like trying a different setting. HomeAway has stacks of options to choose from, including:

  • 617 beach holiday accommodation options.
  • 576 lakeside holiday accommodation options.
  • 560 waterfront holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment near Lake Como?

Forget about bland hotel rooms. Take in this destination from the comfort and convenience of your own apartment. HomeAway has 2,681 for you to choose from here. How does £26 a night sound? That's what you're looking at spending if you don't leave it too long! Or perhaps you'd rather one of the area's other popular self-catering accommodation options, like:

  • House: 733 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £22 per night.
  • Villa: 488 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £51 per night.
  • Hotel: 159 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £31 per night.

Can I stay near Lake Como in a large group?

Whether you're heading off on a special getaway with your relatives or spending a week away with all your old school mates, it's always lots of fun staying under the one roof! And the great news is that HomeAway has options to suit you. Apartment holiday rentals are the most popular option here for large groups of travellers. Our worldwide database presently has 576 available. Rental properties in this area that can cater for large groups include:

  • If yours is a squad of 6, we offer 1,682 rental properties ideal for that size. Book a night from just £32.
  • If you've got 5 in your group, you'll be happy to find out that there are 948 rental properties that are perfect. Prices start at £35 per night.
  • Going away with a group of 8? We have 586 accommodation for rent that fit the bill. Prices begin at just £47 a night.

So don't fear! When you travel with us you can bring along your dad, your cousins and all your mates to Lake Como.

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals near Lake Como?

Forget those soulless chain-hotel rooms! Revel in the charm of living like a local in a cost-effective holiday rental instead. Get a load of the incredible options available now on HomeAway. When it comes to discovering an awesome deal, the first place you look ought to be Villa San Giovanni. Here, HomeAway has 20 holiday rentals at an average price of £64 a night. There are another 74 HomeAway holiday rentals waiting to be booked in or around Stazione. The average price in this area is £66 per night.

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