Trip

Lake Como, particularly the northern part of the lake, is famous in Europe. Known as a good place to practice sailing sports, it is the windiest but also most natural part of the lake. From March to October, the "breva" is the typical thermic wind of the lake. There are many famous sailing clubs, and many windsurf and kit-surf schools offer courses for children and beginners. It is then possible to rent the equipment necessary to practice this sport.


During the day you can do a lot of things: hike in the mountains (there are many hiking tracks), discover historical sites, sport (sailing, golf, windsurf, horse riding, climbing), shop, have a rest in one of the many coffee shops with a cappuccino or an ice cream.                 
    
Obviously the main attraction is the lake itself. You can sunbathe on the beaches or hire a sailing boat.


During the summer evenings most villages organize fireworks, art markets and music.


And the food is excellent! The main ingredient in lake cuisine is fish, but there is also the more traditional inland cuisine based on cheeses, polenta..
The most typical lake dishes are based on perch and 'missoltini' (lake fish caught between May and June, dried in the sun, pressed in salt and placed in special tins called 'missolte'). In the valleys, besides 'latteria', 'semuda' and goat cheeses, one can also try game, mushrooms, baby goat, lamb and also different types of honey (from chestnut with its strong, penetrating taste to the much more delicate acacia honey).    

Water-ski
When there is no wind, the lake looks like a mirror and you can go water-skiing. There is a very well organized school run by international trainers and it is possible to practice this sport at every level. The school has a competition boat, a deck and many sport facilities.

Canoe
The northern part of the lake is more untouched: it can be reached by canoe, a relaxing experience and a discovery at the same time. Crossing the river Mera, you arrive in the "Pian di Spagna" natural reserve, which is the biggest reserve in Lombardia.

Riding
In Pian di Spagna (10 km), the horse-riding center (associated with the Italian Horse Riding Federation) offers everyone the possibility of enjoying guided excursions in the reserve and assistance for beginners by nationally qualified trainers.

Golf
In Menaggio (15 km) there is an 18-hole golf course. Founded in 1907, this is the oldest golf course in Italy. Lanzo golf course in Val D'Intelvi (40 km) has 9 holes and is in the hills at 600 m altitude. There are also courses in Lugano (40 km) and in Como (50 km).

Skiing
Famous winter sport resorts such as St. Moritz (80 km), Madesimo (50 Km) and Bormio are a 90 min. drive away. In two hours visitors can reach the Gotthard mountain region, Splugen, or San Bernardino. Locals tend to take day outings for skiing and hiking, lovely walks in the snow and sledding in the valleys behind Gravedona.