Lake Maggiore holiday rentals Self catering luxury villas & apartments on Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore is the second largest lake in Italy sharing the northern shores with Switzerland and is home to the beautiful resorts of Locarno and Ascona. With the palm trees that line the waterfront promenades, you would think you are at a beach resort if it wasn't for the towering peaks that flank the lake.

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Lake Maggiore has dozens of lakeside resorts that vary from the bustling cosmopolitan towns such as Stresa and Verbania to small, quaint villages where the pace of life is noticeably slower.

However, in the evenings, no matter where you are on the lake, the water front atmosphere takes some beating with the pavement cafes, bars and restaurants providing the entertainment.

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Featured villas on Lake Maggiore

The self-catering accommodation around Lake Maggiore is of a very high standard and is a good mix of holiday rentals including superb spacious lakeside villas and apartments to rent. Offering a warm and very friendly stay, the various resorts and villages on Lake Maggiore provide the ideal base for exploring this incredibly beautiful part of northern Italy.

Featured resorts on Lake Maggiore

There are many places to stay around Lago di Maggiore from quiet hamlets to bustling international resorts - something for eveyone to enjoy.

Things to see and do and Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore is full of historic villages, museums and gardens plus there are some superb excursions. Here are a few suggestions....

  • Lake Maggiore contains 11 islands; the most famous being the Borromean Islands in the gulf between Stresa and Verbania and can be reached by ferry
  • Sail up to the Swiss part of the lake in the canton of Ticino and explore the beautiful Gambarogno Rivivera and the bustling, cosmopolitan resort of Locarno
  • Lake Orta - small but one of the most beautiful Italian lakes and just over 25km from Stresa
  • Milan - a full day for shopping and seeing the Duomo - the incredible catherdral
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If you are visiting Lake Como during the winter, you can always go skiing in one of the many nearby ski resorts such as:

Resort Distance Time
Madesimo1361 hour 55 mins
Saas Fee1532 hours 20 mins
St Moritz2052 hours 50 mins
Courmayeur2452 hour 20 mins

And, if you don't want to travel, the peaks surrounding Lake Maggiore have a few pistes that you can ski on!

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Our view on Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore on the Italian - Swiss border benefits from the blend of cultures making it one of the most cosmopolitan lakes in Europe. We think the resorts around Lake Maggiore offer a wide variety of choice from the quaint and traditional to the lively towns like Stresa and Lugano in the Swiss section. Spectacular scenery, great restaurants and plenty to see and do any time of year....

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