Lake Como Beaches
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.
Bellagio beach is located in the province of Lecco and is the favourite place for those who like to spend a few hours by the lake in a totally wild territory, full of plants and multiform vegetation. This beach is totally devoid of establishments and commercial activities. To reach there you must leave the car on the road and walk a steep path. For its orientation, Bellagio is kissed by the sun only in the early morning hours, for this reason many people, in order to escape the summer heat, wish to go to this beautiful space in the shade.
Close to Bellagio beach there is a real beach with beautiful sand at Lido di Bellagio which is the perfect place to catch some rays and cool off in the water while enjoying some breathtaking views of the lake. The crystal clean waters in the swimming area between the village of Bellagio and Villa Melzi are waiting for you.
Lenno is a fraction of the municipality of Tremezzina, in the province of Como, much appreciated by summer tourists who want to spend their days relaxing in the lake. The beach is characterized by a free beach area with fine sand lined by rocks, also suitable for camping. Also characterized by the presence of establishments, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Both beaches of Lenno can be easily reached by public transport or car as there are multiple parking lots, free and paid, or on foot.
Close to Lenno Beach you can find Lido di Lenno which features a modern and well equipped beach service. Direct contact with the golden sand gives the guest total well-being and a sweet sensation of stillness.
Gazebos, beach umbrellas, sun beds and canopy beds are available for reservations. In a relaxing and serene environment, you will find all kinds of good music, WI-FI connection, bar, shower and bathrooms facilities.
There are two beaches in town, one is at the Lido di Villa Olmo just a few steps away from the beautiful Villa, this lido includes a beach, a large meadow and two swimming pools. Bring a swimming cap to enter the pool. The other public beach is at the Lido di Villa Geno, it includes a small kids pool and a large meadow by the water.
Lido di Cernobbio
Cernobbio is the good living room of Lake Como, probably recognized as the most important and famous resort. The place is particularly suggestive due to the presence of splendid noble villas such as Villa d’Este or Villa Erba. On the beach you can find facilities equipped and elegant, including spa, massage area and gourmet restaurants. In Cernobbio you cannot miss the Giardino della Valle, a natural area, used as a botanical garden, where there are many plant and animal species. This place therefore lends itself not only to seaside tourism but also to cultural tourism.
Lido di Moltrasio
Moltrasio beach is a pearl set in uncontaminated nature. It can be accessed only on foot, through a small path surrounded by lush vegetation, or by boat that connects all the towns of Lake Como. The beach is composed of pebbles and pebble sand. The space is equally divided between the free area and the area equipped with the platforms set up by the establishments that face water directly. This beach is also visited by naturists who, in a special sector, can live their passion in freedom and seek numerous followers, both Italian and foreign.
The beach of Menaggio is located in the province of Como and is considered as the most beautiful panoramic place of the lake as it is located in an elevated position that allows you to admire all the countries overlooking the water. The beach is characterized by a low and sandy area for campers and on the contrary, those who want to experience a more Spartan holiday in the rocky area, characterized by high cliffs, there are numerous bathing establishments and night clubs. For the charm of this place, with unique views to photograph, there are many newlyweds who choose Menaggio to celebrate their wedding, just for the natural setting it offers.
Near Menaggio Beach you can find Lido di Menaggio. It’s position right on the lake is one of the best in the area and includes two swimming pools, (adult and toddler) a sandy beach, three restaurants, its own brewery, kids activities and volley ball. Ample parking available. Go to the tourist office of Menaggio and ask for the historic itinerary through the town together with the puzzle tour for children. This small walk is nice way to get to know the Menaggio. Bring the answer sheet back to the tourist office – there is little surprise for the children.
Lido di Cadenabbia
Lido of Cadenabbia is a fraction of the Municipality of Criante, in the province of Como. It owes its name to a term in dialect that means house of boatmen just because the territory is characterized by settlements of the fishermen who carried out this activity by the lake. The English travellers who in ancient times decided to settle in Cadenabbia have left as evidence of their passage, the first Anglican Church in Italy, sacred in 1891. The location is ideal for fishing, competition, and to relax in the sun in the comfortable sunbeds of the equipped bathing establishments.
Colico is the location of Lake Como that has the best exposure from the point of view of wind and air currents, for this reason it is the favourite location of sportsmen who take advantage of this natural element to sail. The beach, in addition to being used for the classic bathing tourism, is the starting point to take off with paragliding or to fly over the lake with kite surfing or wind surfing. Competitions at national and international level are also periodically organized.
Sorico is located on the northernmost coast of Lake Como. Due to the wide and spacious aspect of the beach and the depth of the water, it is the ideal place to practice sports such as scuba diving, swimming and sport fishing. Sorico is also preferred by lovers of history as it is possible to visit the ancient Roman road that still appears today in perfect conditions of conservation.
Piona is a small fraction of the municipality of Colico, in the province of Lecco, especially loved by campers because, thanks to the municipal administration, there are many areas equipped for this particular way of traveling. There are numerous foreign presences, also attracted by the site of a very important architectural and artistic testimony, the Abbey of Piona. It is a Cistercian abbey that dates back to 1138, accessed by a picturesque walking path that runs along the beach.