Can you swim in Lake Como?
Yes, you can swim in Lake Como even if you need to be aware that is not allow in the southern paper of the Lake nearby the city of Como.
The best swimming spots are certainly in the north of the lake, where the water is much cleaner and there are some good sized beaches. The lake waters are wonderful for swimming in reaching a pleasant 20 to 22 degrees across July and August. Head to either Domaso or Gravedona on the Western shores for the largest beaches. Alternatively, just slightly further south, Dongo has a public lido at the northern end of the town.
Further south, there are some smaller pebble beaches. Argegno has a small pebble beach whilst on the other side of the lake, there is also a small beach just outside Bellagio at Punta Spartivento. There is also limited lake access at neighbouring Varenna.
Whilst other towns may not have beaches, they have created lidos which tend to have sunbathing areas and pools, allowing you to relax in the sunshine. Some of the best include the lido in the grounds of Villa Olmo just outside Como. There are two swimming pools here open during the Summer months. Alternatively there is a public lido in Lenno, Varenna, Bellagio and Managgio. The latter is one of the larger lidos on offer with both adult and childrens pools, playground, restaurant, bar and plenty of space for sunbathing.
On nearer Lake Lugano, there is also an absolutely fantastic lido which we would highly recommend. Located in Lugano itself, you do have to pay to get in but there is access to the lake there as well as 3 beautifully clean swimming pools (one Olympic sized pool, one childrens pool with slides and water spray and another family pool) as well as diving boards.