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Activities

Sports activities and entertainment

Various water sport activities are possible thanks to the privileged position at the lakeside.

Canoes, Stand up paddles, Pedalos and Motor boats
During reception opening hours guests can hire canoes, SUPs and pedalos. For children between the ages of 12 and 18 hire is permitted only if authorised by an adult. The use of a life-jacket is compulsory for everyone; it is included in the hire price. A skipper’s licence is not necessary for the hire of an 8CV motor boat, but the driver must be of age (18 years old). The indication relating to the maximum number of people on board each type of vessel must be respected. The rates are indicated on the notice board.  

Tourist fishing permit
Fishing is allowed only for people with a cantonal fishing permit and during the authorised fishing periods.
A tourist fishing permit with a 2- or 7-day validity can be bought at the reception desk.
The fees are indicated on the notice board. 

Summer activities and entertainment
From 6th July to 1st August 2019 there will be a mini club for children from 4 to 12. The range of activities offered differs according to age. Miniclub timetable is displayed on the info board.
On 1st August children will be making lanterns, flags and shields, which they will carry at the end of the day in a parade in the campsite to celebrate Swiss National Day. 


Outdoor sports activities 

Mountain Bikes
For mountain bike fans, a well-signposted route comes down for about 30 km from Bellavista on Monte Generoso to the Campsite, through the Muggio Valley and Mendrisio. You can hire mountain bikes with helmets and padlocks by the ticket office of the Monte Generoso Railway station in Capolago. The station is easy to reach in only 5 minutes by train (free of charge with the Ticino Ticket). 

Guided Mountain Bike tours
Having a guide with knowledge of the area is a guarantee for a unique experience in a carefree, fun spirit but in safety. You will discover the “gems” which are not on maps as well as receive advice intended to improve your technique. The guide will ensure a good atmosphere within the group, also knows the best places to stop and where to take the most beautiful pictures.
All information at our reception desk.   

Paragliding
A flight in a two-seater paraglider is a wonderful adventure suitable for the whole family! There are no age limits for a tandem flight and special skills are not required. You can admire the magnificent landscapes in Canton Ticino in complete safety! If you want to make this dream come true you will find the information at our reception desk. 

Guided hikes in the mountains
Hiking with a guide is a great advantage on every tour. We collaborate with a group of local, professional, multilingual guides ready to accompany groups or individuals in the mountains according to your specific requests. You will find brochures with more information at our reception desk. 

Tennis
You can play tennis on clay courts only 1 km away from the campsite. We recommend the red-clay courts in Melide right at the lakeshore. 

Minigolf
There is an 18-hole minigolf course in Caslano, 20 km away from the campsite. It is accessible for everyone and of varying difficulty. Entertainment is ensured for the whole family, further info at the reception desk. 

Golf
Golf pros step on the 9- or 18- hole course with different handicaps; the course with the enchanting pre-alpine background is in the town of Magliaso, 17 km away from the Campsite.
Beginners can train on the driving range. 

Excursions

It is an advantage to have a guide on every tour. We collaborate with a group of local, professional, multilingual guides prepared to create cultural tours to suit all requirements. For further information you will find brochures at our reception desk.

Monte Generoso offers an extremely vast network of paths which are well sign-posted and described, as well as a Via Ferrata suitable for everyone (children from the age of 8).

At the top of Monte Generoso, at an altitude of 1704 meters, visit the imposing structure “Fiore di pietra” (Stone flower), designed by architect Mario Botta.
You can reach the peak of Monte Generoso with its small rack railway trains, which are among the oldest in Switzerland.

Departure is from Capolago every day from 6th April till 3rd November 2019.

There is also an Astronomic Observatory at the top with the biggest telescope in Ticino to admire the sun, stars and all cosmic phenomena.

Swissminiatur is a park in miniature which offers visitors an overview of Switzerland with over 120 models of the most famous national buildings and monuments and a miniature railway network of 3,560 metres.

The Fossil Museum in Meride shows a collection of animal and plant fossils which come from the exceptional deposits on Monte San Giorgio, which is now part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

You can admire the beauty and unique character of Lake Lugano on a splendid boat trip of the Società Navigazione of Lake Lugano, leaving from Melide, which is only one train station away from Maroggia-Melano. The historical centre of the city of Lugano is certainly worth a visit: the famous shopping street, via Nassa, and the lake side, where many musical and sporting events take place in the summer.

For shopping fans FoxTown, which is only two train stations away, is one of the most important venues for international fashion at outlet prices.  

Without forgetting that Como and Milan are within 25 km and 50 km respectively.

With the Ticino Ticket, Monte Generoso Campsite guests can travel free of charge with public transport all over the Canton of Ticino.

The train station of Melano-Maroggia is only 500 metres away and is the departure point for all daily excursions.

You can also take advantage of various discounts for most of Ticino’s tourist attractions. For further information refer to our reception desk, where you will get the best advice.