Ascona is Switzerland's lowest-lying town, at 196m above sea level.
At the northern shore of Lago Maggiore, Ascona is famous for its mild climate, its old town, and the lake promenade, which is dotted with street cafes and boasts a Latin ambience.
A boat ride on the Maggiore is highly recommended, and if time permits, visit the Island of Brissago, home to more than 1,000 plants from all over the world, which thrive there thanks to the mild Mediterranean climate.
Explore by either hiking or biking the surrounding towns along the Maggiore (see link below).
Some top events:
Artisti di Strada – over 100 shows of all kinds of art forms, with free admission, performed by artists from all over the world along the lake promenade (Piazza) and in the streets and alleys of Ascona (May).
JazzAscona – Europe’s largest hot jazz festival (June-July).
Settimane Musicali di Ascona – The most prestigious classical music festival in Ticino (August-October).