Lake Lugano loop - easy
Main route: distance 50 km – 31 mi; ascent 550 m – 1,800 ft
This ride is essentially flat following the lakeside roads and cycle paths through Porto Ceresio, Brusimpiano, Lavena, Ponte Tresa. For a short time you can then leave the lake and cut across Caslano on back roads. You can carry on your route through Agno, Morcote, Melide, Bissone, Capolago, Riva San Vitale and Brusino.
On the the shores of Lake Lugano lies Morcote at the foot Monte Arbostora: one of the most beautiful village of Switzerland. With its characteristic small alleys, the arcades of old patrician homes, valuable architectural monuments and its natural beauty, Morcote is considered the pearl of the lake. Of particular architectural interest, is the church of Santa Maria del Sasso, the terraced cemetery and the Tower of the Captain.
Lake Lugano loop – Collina d'Oro – Monte Arbostora - Morcote
Main route: distance 72 km - 45 mi; ascent 1,330 m – 4,360 ft
Major climbs: Collina d'Oro climb (4.2 km - 2.6 mi, avg.5%) and Morcote-Carona climb (5.4 km - 3.4 mi, avg.7%)
The route is the same of the previous one - Lake Lugano loop easy – but, in the middle of the ride, you have to takle two ascents: Collina d'Oro climb (4,2 km , avg.5%) and Morcote-Carona climb (5,4 km - , avg.7%) on the slopes of Monte Arbostora.
The climb between Morcote and Carona offers a constant incentive to stop and enjoy an amazing panorama.
Morcote, named the most beautiful village in Switzerland in 2016, and Carona are two of the favourite destinations for the local cyclists.
Sighignola – The Italian panoramic balcony overlooking Lugano
Main route: distance 75 km – 47 mi – ascent 1,730 m – 4,495 ft
Major climbs: Sighignola climb (25 km - 16 mi, avg.4%, max. 9%); extra climb: Monte Brè climb (7 km - 4.3 mi, avg.7)
This route takes you to the top of the Sighignola mountain (1,320 m. a.s.l.). The first part of the ride is essentially flat and only short ups and down while passing through Melide, Lugano, Gandria, Porlezza. In Osteno the climb starts: 25 km climb, avg.4%, max. 9%. Then you can reach Lake Lugano again via Arogno.
the view from the top of Monte Sighignola which was not called the balcony of Italy without reason.
In Lugano you also can tackle the Monte Brè climb (7 km extra, avg.7%), so you can see a panoramic view over Lugano.
Other rides around Lake Lugano
You can use “Lake Lugano loop” to put it together with other routes and add in a few small climbs around the lake if you seek extra kilometres.
Below some examples.
Malcantone Region - easy
Extra route: distance 14 km – 8.7 mi; ascent 300 m – 985 ft
Major climbs: Vernate climb (4 km – 2.4 mi, avg.6%)
It passes through vineyard of Malcantone Region.
From Caslano the route leads up towards Vernate. Then the route is easy and without other climbs.
Both the climb and descend are scenic roads over the plain and the lake.
The route passes through the village of Vernate, Bioggio, Agno.
Malcantone Region - long
Extra route: distance 51 km – 31.6 mi; ascent 1,200 m – 3,940 ft
Major climbs: Vernate climb (4 km – 2.4 mi, avg.6%) and Aranno climb (6 km – 3.7 mi, avg.4%)
It passes through characteristic villages of Malcantone Region along roads that wind through the woods and up and down hills. Malcantone is a land of chestnut groves.
From Caslano the route leads up towards Monte Lema. You have to tackle two longer climbs at the start: Vernate climb and Aranno climb. Then the route is very undulating in the heart of the Malcantone.
The route passes through the village of Breno, Miglieglia, Banco, Astano, Sessa.
Maroggia – Arogno - Melano
Extra route: distance 14 km – 8.7 mi; ascent 340 m – 1,115 ft
Major climbs: Maroggia-Arogno (4 km – 2.4 mi, avg.7.5%) or climb Melano-Arogno (5 km – 3.1 mi, avg.6.5%)
It's a loop among the villages of Maroggia – Arogno – Melano on the East side of Lake Lugano. You can climb up from Maroggia or from Melano. You can see a panoramic view over Lake Lugano
Valle di Muggio
Extra route: distance 44 km – 27 mi; ascent 780 m – 2,560 ft
Major climb: Valle di Muggio climb (25 km – 15 mi, avg.4%)
The name comes from the village of Muggio, which is the largest population centre in the valley.
Roncapiano is the highest village in the valley, where the roads end.
You can climb up from Mendrisio (on the South side of Lake Lugano) via Castel San Pietro or Morbio Superiore.
The characteristics of the valley are peace, quiet and beautiful scenery, it's a dead end road!
Ardena climb (3 km – 1.8 mi, avg.6%) on the West side of Lake Lugano
Marzio climb (7 km – 4.3 mi, avg.7%) on the West side of Lake Lugano
Cademario climb (7 km – 4.3 mi, avg.7.3%) on the West side of Lake Lugano
If you would prefer your rides include more distance, less distance or different climbs then please contact us, we are willing to provide you with rides that meet all your needs.
Look at the page Road cycling routes Lake Lugano if you need info and inspiration.