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Located in the Alps and along Lake Maggiore, the beauty of this subtropical Swiss environment makes the perfect destination for sports and outdoor activities.
For the super adventurous types, bungy jumping with the scenic backdrop can be a real thrill. Trekking Team AG will help you get this underway.
Tennis players can gather at the Locarno tennis court located at ristorante campi; some hotels have them as well so be sure to ask.
In the winter, where is better to ski than in the Alps? Check out Cardada-Cimetta for great skiing and snowboarding in the winter and gondola rides in the summer to give you the best views of the magnificent Locarno region. The park also has great walking and biking paths in the summer including kids parks, fun for everyone. There are a few restaurants along the way to enjoy a refreshment of your choice or a well deserved meal after a long hike. Watch para gliders from the summit or admire the city/lake view. The half price card can be used at the Cardada, worth having.
You can either walk up to the Cardada or take the cable car from the city centre to Orselina (purchase one way or return). Make sure to stop at the beautifully preserved Madonna Del Sasso perched on the mountainside.(no cost)
Locarno is full of walking, biking, and hiking paths. Check with the tourist board(near entrance to square- casino attached) or your hotel to find out what trails are open during the season of your visit. Ebikes are a great way to travel as the terrain is steep and the enjoyment of a battery powered bike can be handy on the long rides. You can rent bikes from SBB if your hotel doesn't offer them which can be booked in advance and awaiting upon your arrival.
There are parks galore for all children, big and small, through out the city and especially along the lake side. The Locarno Lido is must for swimmers of all ages.
If you're interested in watching a sporting event, the Red Bull Energy Drink Flugtag competition takes place in August and is a blast to watch. It is an aviation contest with a twist.