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Holiday houses & apartments at Lake Maggiore

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Enjoy a lakefront vacation with a holiday apartment in Lago Maggiore

Lago Maggiore is the largest lake in southern Switzerland and the second largest lake in Italy. Lago Maggiore, together with Como and Lugano, are the three most famous lakes in Italy. The glacial lake stretches from Ticino, Switzerland to Lombardy and Piedmont, two major regions in Italy. Enjoying a mild climate year-round, Lago Maggiore has rich Mediterranean vegetation and exotic wildlife. Surrounded by beautiful lakeshore villages and picturesque islands, with Swiss mountain peaks in the backdrop, Lago Maggiore is the place to be if you want a truly relaxing vacation overlooking magnificent nature.

Things to do and places to see from your holiday apartment in Lago Maggiore

After you have arrived at your holiday apartment in Lago Maggiore, it's time to venture out and let Lago Maggiore amaze you. There are hiking trails around Stresa and Verbania for sports enthusiasts, as well as the famous Lago Maggiore Express which offers you an unforgettable journey by train and ship through the Centovalli (one hundred valleys). As one of the most picturesque Italian Lakes, Lake Maggiore awes visitors with its natural beauty and pleasant climate.

Famous local events

If you have never attended a traditional Italian market, you haven't experienced Italy to the fullest. Luckily for you, there are many local markets around Lago Maggiore. The famous market in Luino is open on Wednesday. If you arrive on a Sunday, Cannobio market will welcome you. You can find a huge variety of homemade cheese, cold meats, fruits and vegetables in these markets. Most stalls will provide free samples, so make sure to have a taste. Handmade handbags, shoes, clothes, and jewellery are available as well. Stresa music festival, held annually in the summer, is a prime event in the area and the festival attracts internationally renowned artists from all over the world, who come here to play in the local churches and historical buildings.

Isola Bella and Isola Madre

Isola Madre is the largest island of the Borromean Islands archipelago and is very well-known for its spectacular architecture and lush gardens, including the Palazzo Borromeo palace on the island, which dates back to the 16th century. The palace is surrounded by an 8ha. garden which dates back to the 1700s. Isola Bella is another island of the Borromee archipelago, which is famous for its palace, Italianate garden, and its fishing village. It also hosts the annual traditional Stresa music festival. You can reach Isola Bella via ferry from nearby islands Laveno, Pallanza, Intra or Stresa. Usually, your holiday apartment in Lago Maggiore should have plenty of information regarding tours to the islands, as well as a ferry timetable.

Isola Pescatori

Isola Pescatori is perhaps the most beautiful island of all in the Borromee archipelago. It's also the only one that is permanently inhabited. At roughly 100m wide and 375m long, Isola Pescatori has a picturesque charm that keeps visitors coming back. There is a winding narrow street that runs through the island, making it perfect for a stroll to enjoy the view of the coastline. Traditionally a fishermen's village, Isola Pescatori has many local restaurants serving fresh delicious seafood dishes cooked in true Italian style. If you are looking for a quiet retreat after a day out on the water, consider staying in a Lago Maggiore holiday home on Isola Pescatori, as you virtually have the island all to yourself when the last ferry takes away the day's visitors.

Villa Taranto Gardens

Located in Pallanza, Villa Taranto gardens are some of the best places to take a stroll and enjoy Lago Maggiore. If you plan your trip in April, you will even have a chance to witness the tulip week, when over 80,000 tulips are in bloom. There are many Lago Maggiore holiday apartment rentals near Villa Taranto botanical gardens if you would like to book a holiday home near the water and wake up to the sounds of birds singing in the trees. During the hot summer days, Villa Taranto is the place to be if you want to escape the heat, thanks to its 7km of shaded woodland paths.

Other popular destinations and neighbouring locations

If you want to have the best view over the lake, book your holiday home Lago Maggiore near Hotel La Palma’s rooftop Sky Bar. There is nothing more relaxing than enjoying an aperitif while watching the sun go down at Lago Maggiore. Mingle with the locals by going to local markets in Luino. If you are still thirsty for more adventures, take a boat up the northern end of the lake where you reach the Swiss town of Locarno. From there, you can take a lift up Cimetta mountain for an exceptional view of the surroundings. For those who are looking for a luxury stay, Pallanza is a renowned holiday resort that offers one of the finest lakefront panoramas.

How to get to your holiday apartment in Lago Maggiore

The nearest airports to Lago Maggiore are Lugano (LUG) and Milan Malpensa (MXP), which you can fly to from several major UK airports including London, Manchester, or Birmingham. Those looking for a scenic journey to their holiday home in Lago Maggiore can take a train or bus from Milano Malpensa Airport. Alibus tickets cost about €15 and will take you to the western side of the lake. Trenord's Milan–Domodossola line, which originates from Milan, will also take you to the western side of the lake, before continuing to Switzerland. Once you are at the lake, the most convenient means of transportation are the ferries. Passenger ferries are provided by Navigazione Laghi, and you can check their official website for the latest timetable.

Best time to travel to Lago Maggiore

The best time to visit Lago Maggiore is during spring and early summer when the temperature is mild and most visitors are not there yet. If you want to avoid crowds, consider avoiding July and August. It is advisable to book your holiday apartment in Lago Maggiore in advance in order to find the most suitable accommodation for your needs at the best available rates. TUI Villas offers a trustworthy and convenient service with which you can compare the latest deals on a range of holiday apartments in Lago Maggiore to find the perfect one that suits your needs. Your dream holiday-home vacation at a lake has never been so full of possibility.

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