Best Lidos to Visit in Lake Como

>Best Lidos to Visit in Lake Como

With a circumference of over one hundred miles, Lake Como literally has coastline for days. Visitors to one of the world’s favorite lakes are spoiled for choice when it comes to whiling away the hours at the famous Lido beach clubs that dot the shore. Whether you are looking for a chic retreat to see and be seen or a laid-back lakefront hang-out spot with grassy knolls and shady trees, we have picked three of the best Lidos for three different kinds of travelers. 

Best for active types:

Lido di Colico

The lake’s northern branch is off the tourist track and perfect for active types who want to add some adventure to their vacation. Here, the water tends to be somewhat cooler – and a bit cleaner – than the more heavily trafficked areas to the south, and the alpine panorama has to be seen to be believed. The local beach club, Lido di Colico, is for guests who want more than just a beach, offering a full-service home away from home with a campsite, basic but clean rental bungalows and a great restaurant serving everything from pizza piping hot from the wood-fired oven to fresh-off-the-hook lake fish.>

Families with energetic kids and teens or any active types who want to do more than just laze around on a sunbed will love the many distractions of Lido di Colico. With windsurfers and kayaks for rent, you can brave the area’s famous winds or paddle peacefully along the shore. Beach volleyball and beach tennis courts – including rackets and balls! – are available to rent by the hour. And the new Globe Kiter kite-surfing school can give the daredevils in your group an introduction to this high octane sport. In fact, one of the main draws of Colico for visitors is to watch these talented athletes in action! Of course, it wouldn’t be a beach club without a beach – you can also spread your blanket out on Lido di Colico’s grassy shore and wade in the pebble beach.

Lido di Colico
Via Lungolario Polti 4
23823 Colico

No entrance fee
Parking: 4 euro
Beach tennis/volleyball: 2.50 euro per person/hour

Best for foodies and the fashionable set:

Lido di Cernobbio

Lazing on a lounger at Lido di Cernobbio gives guests an aristocratic feel with 19th-century gem Villa Erba at your back. And just like owning a villa on Lake Como, Lido di Cernobbio has its price. That said, paying a heftier price tag than other clubs comes with the privilege of perfecting your tan in one of the area’s most fashionable spots – and doing so among the precious few. Lido di Cernobbio limits the number of guests so you don’t find yourself crowded in the pool or on the pristine astro-turf sundeck. The beach club was fully renovated in 2015 and the stylish setting is the perfect place to show off that new bikini you splurged on. Guests can rent umbrellas and chic sunbeds – or splurge for a gazebo with fabric “walls” and handy charging points to keep your devices up to speed.

Lake swimming isn’t allowed at Lido di Cernobbio, but you can take advantage of their two pools – a small elliptical one for kids to splash around and a larger rectangular basin for swimming lengths or a refreshing dip. And when thirst or hunger strikes, guests can either snack on paninis wraps or smoothies from the chef’s Street Food menu or dine in the swank glassed-in restaurant on beautifully presented dishes and wood-fired pizza made with zero-kilometer produce. At 6:00 p.m., head for the well-kept changing rooms and slip into your LBD for the nightly aperitivo, where the local see-and-be-seen set sip expertly-mixed cocktails and nibble on cute canapes while the DJ spins some tunes.

Lido di Cernobbio
Piazza Risorgimento 5
22012 Cernobbio

Entrance fee: 20 euro full-day/15 euro half-day (from 2 p.m.)
Gazebo, 2 sunbeds and 1 table (max. 4 people): 80 euro

Best for no-frills fans and families:

Lido di Ossuccio

The village of Ossuccio lies on the shore just opposite the Palazzo and offers a family-friendly and family-run beach club with fab views of Isola Comacina. Located just below the bell tower of Santa Maria Maddalena church, the beach club doesn’t charge an entrance fee and can sometimes get pretty crowded on the weekends and in the peak summer season. There are no sun loungers or umbrellas to rent, so make sure you bring your own blankets and towels to spread out on the wide lawn dotted with shady trees. Granite tables are perfect for picnic lunches and there is a fence blocking access to the lake, which is especially handy for families with toddlers. When you are ready for a refreshing dip in the lake, you can use the ladder on the pier. 

The small restaurant Il Chioschetto dei Malagufi has a wide range of ice cream and drinks on offer as well as light bites from paninis to that perennial parenting favorite, pizza. Thankfully for families on a budget, the menu is extremely reasonably priced for Lake Como. The Guffanti family, who owns the lido, couldn’t be more accommodating or helpful and the facilities – including the toilets – are well-maintained and clean. To add some extra fun, head for the small boat rental shop just around the corner to rent stand-up paddle boards, kayaks and paddle boats by the hour as well as 40-horsepower boats that don’t require a boating license. 

Lido di Ossuccio
SS340 km23
22010 Ossuccio

No entrance fee

With a circumference of over one hundred miles, Lake Como literally has coastline for days. Visitors to one of the world’s favorite lakes are spoiled for choice when it comes to whiling away the hours at the famous Lido beach clubs that dot the shore. Whether you are looking for a chic retreat to see and be seen or a laid-back lakefront hang-out spot with grassy knolls and shady trees, we have picked three of the best Lidos for three different kinds of travelers. 

Best for active types:

Lido di Colico

The lake’s northern branch is off the tourist track and perfect for active types who want to add some adventure to their vacation. Here, the water tends to be somewhat cooler – and a bit cleaner – than the more heavily trafficked areas to the south, and the alpine panorama has to be seen to be believed. The local beach club, Lido di Colico, is for guests who want more than just a beach, offering a full-service home away from home with a campsite, basic but clean rental bungalows and a great restaurant serving everything from pizza piping hot from the wood-fired oven to fresh-off-the-hook lake fish.>

Families with energetic kids and teens or any active types who want to do more than just laze around on a sunbed will love the many distractions of Lido di Colico. With windsurfers and kayaks for rent, you can brave the area’s famous winds or paddle peacefully along the shore. Beach volleyball and beach tennis courts – including rackets and balls! – are available to rent by the hour. And the new Globe Kiter kite-surfing school can give the daredevils in your group an introduction to this high octane sport. In fact, one of the main draws of Colico for visitors is to watch these talented athletes in action! Of course, it wouldn’t be a beach club without a beach – you can also spread your blanket out on Lido di Colico’s grassy shore and wade in the pebble beach.

Lido di Colico
Via Lungolario Polti 4
23823 Colico

No entrance fee
Parking: 4 euro
Beach tennis/volleyball: 2.50 euro per person/hour

Best for foodies and the fashionable set:

Lido di Cernobbio

Lazing on a lounger at Lido di Cernobbio gives guests an aristocratic feel with 19th-century gem Villa Erba at your back. And just like owning a villa on Lake Como, Lido di Cernobbio has its price. That said, paying a heftier price tag than other clubs comes with the privilege of perfecting your tan in one of the area’s most fashionable spots – and doing so among the precious few. Lido di Cernobbio limits the number of guests so you don’t find yourself crowded in the pool or on the pristine astro-turf sundeck. The beach club was fully renovated in 2015 and the stylish setting is the perfect place to show off that new bikini you splurged on. Guests can rent umbrellas and chic sunbeds – or splurge for a gazebo with fabric “walls” and handy charging points to keep your devices up to speed.

Lake swimming isn’t allowed at Lido di Cernobbio, but you can take advantage of their two pools – a small elliptical one for kids to splash around and a larger rectangular basin for swimming lengths or a refreshing dip. And when thirst or hunger strikes, guests can either snack on paninis wraps or smoothies from the chef’s Street Food menu or dine in the swank glassed-in restaurant on beautifully presented dishes and wood-fired pizza made with zero-kilometer produce. At 6:00 p.m., head for the well-kept changing rooms and slip into your LBD for the nightly aperitivo, where the local see-and-be-seen set sip expertly-mixed cocktails and nibble on cute canapes while the DJ spins some tunes.

Lido di Cernobbio
Piazza Risorgimento 5
22012 Cernobbio

Entrance fee: 20 euro full-day/15 euro half-day (from 2 p.m.)
Gazebo, 2 sunbeds and 1 table (max. 4 people): 80 euro

Best for no-frills fans and families:

Lido di Ossuccio

The village of Ossuccio lies on the shore just opposite the Palazzo and offers a family-friendly and family-run beach club with fab views of Isola Comacina. Located just below the bell tower of Santa Maria Maddalena church, the beach club doesn’t charge an entrance fee and can sometimes get pretty crowded on the weekends and in the peak summer season. There are no sun loungers or umbrellas to rent, so make sure you bring your own blankets and towels to spread out on the wide lawn dotted with shady trees. Granite tables are perfect for picnic lunches and there is a fence blocking access to the lake, which is especially handy for families with toddlers. When you are ready for a refreshing dip in the lake, you can use the ladder on the pier. 

The small restaurant Il Chioschetto dei Malagufi has a wide range of ice cream and drinks on offer as well as light bites from paninis to that perennial parenting favorite, pizza. Thankfully for families on a budget, the menu is extremely reasonably priced for Lake Como. The Guffanti family, who owns the lido, couldn’t be more accommodating or helpful and the facilities – including the toilets – are well-maintained and clean. To add some extra fun, head for the small boat rental shop just around the corner to rent stand-up paddle boards, kayaks and paddle boats by the hour as well as 40-horsepower boats that don’t require a boating license. 

Lido di Ossuccio
SS340 km23
22010 Ossuccio

No entrance fee

2018-07-14T17:58:46+00:00June 18th, 2018|Categories: Swimming and Watersports|0 Comments

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