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Road bike - Loop around Lake Maggiore


Loop around Lake Maggiore
Length 98 Km Elevation gain 1230 m
Max slope grade 6 % Time 5 h 30 min
Dirt track stretche 0 % Stretch on foot 0 m
Difficulty
Start Luino Finish Luino
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Route description
Cycling around the perimeter of Northern Lake Maggiore is a classic ride that will give any cyclist a great sense of accomplishment. The ride around the lake is 90km long and is relatively flat. There are a few undulating sections and a few short tunnels on the Eastern shore of the lake. The ride takes you through all of Northern Lake Maggiore's lakeside villages.
The quality of the roads around Lake Maggiore are generally good. The main road that goes around the lake it's typically wider than around Lake Como, and quieter than Lake Garda. However as soon as you get off the main road into the hills, the traffic reduces and you will find the roads to be quiet.

Start from Luino and head towards Laveno riding along Germignaga and Porto Valtravaglia.
Luino is a small town near the border with Switzerland on the Eastern shore of Lake Maggiore. Luino is well known for its weekly market, currently held on Wednesdays, which is purportedly the largest of its kind in Europe. The market of Luino has been frequented since the 15th-century.
Laveno is the tourism capital of the Eastern shore of Lake Maggiore. Its harbour is quite important and has a ferry service connecting this little town with Intra on the Western shore of the lake. Laveno offers tourists a remarkable lakeside promenade with porticoed buildings and pedestrian precincts.
Cross Lake Maggiore by car-ferry (a 20 min ride).
Intra is the most populated town in the Verbania area. It 's a health resort but also a modern industrial town. Intra is a pleasant town to stroll around, with its cafés and its wealth of little shops. A walk along the lakefront will show you the old harbour. Ferries depart from here connecting the Western and Eastern shores by reaching Laveno .
Continue in the direction of Ascona via Cannero Riviera, Cannobio and Brissago.
A bit before the tunnel, turn on the left and climb down to Ascona.
The Old Town of Cannero Riviera is a quiet place especially beautiful is the promenade because the main lake road runs outside.From the beautifully laid out lakefront promenade the view is enchanting over the lake, the islands of the Castles of Cannero, and the town of Luino on the nearby the Eastern shore.
Cannobio is the last village before the Swiss border when travelling from Cannero Riviera. Cannobio’s lakefront is one of the finest promenades on Lake Maggiore. The colourful buildings adorning the lakefront, with their picturesque porticoes, boutiques and bars, date from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Brissago is Swiss village on the Italian frontier. In the narrow lanes leading down to the lake you will find some picturesque spots to admire. Thanks to their location, the Brissago Islands benefit from a particularly mild climate that has facilitated the growth of unique vegetation. Over 1,600 species of plants from the Mediterranean region, Asia, Africa, the Americas and Oceania populate the park.
Ascona is an ancient village, rich with memories of its medieval and Renaissance history. Ascona is famous for its Old Town and a lake promenade which is dotted with street cafés. The historic centre's pedestrian alleys are swarmed with boutiques, restaurants, art galleries and antique stores. The lakeside promenade recalls a fishermen's village of the past.
Follow the cycle lane (brown signs with a bike) from Ascona to Locarno.
Southern plants such as palm trees or lemon trees flourish in Locarno and give the city its special charm. Due to its beautiful location on the shores of Lake Maggiore, surrounded by lush green mountains and spectacular valleys, it is a prominent tourist destination, especially between March and October.
Locarno is appreciated for its mild microclimate, which gives it more sunny days and warmer temperatures than most of Switzerland, it lays in proximity to valleys known as the Valleys of Locarno. The most well-known are the Centovalli, the Maggia and the Verzasca valleys.
Once you have reached Locarno follow the signs Gambarogno and Luino.

Route photos


Maccagno and Lake Maggiore

Maccagno - Luino and Lake Maggiore

Luino and Lake Maggiore

Borromean Gulf and Lake Maggiore

West shore of Lake Maggiore

Cannero

Cannobio

Ascona

Magadino Plan and Lake Maggiore

Colmegna; Maccagno and Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore from Agra village

Colmegna and Lake Maggiore
   
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