Our flat is front lake with a superb 180° lake view is located in a very calm area of the little town of Melide (pop. 1600), which is 5 km from Lugano, in the heart of the loving and charming canton of Tessin.
- Morcote 3 km
- Lugano 5 km
- Locarno 39 km
- Zurich 170 km
- Como (Italy) 25 km
- Milan (Italy) 60 km
Melide from http://www.lugano-tourism.ch/en/306/melide.aspx?idActivity=971&idMod=842
"Blessed by an especially mild climate, the town of Melide and its surroundings offer the possibility of going on excursions on foot, by boat, by postal bus and also that of practicing sports.
A large square with a children’s playground, a municipal beach, a fitness trail and a promenade along the lake to Bissone complete and enrich the quality of a stay in Melide.
Besides all this, a visit to Swissminiatur, the well-known park of 1 : 25 scale miniatures, permits you to get an idea of the most characteristic and suggestive places in Switzerland in little more than an hour.
Other highlights worth mentioning to the traveller passing through Melide are the Chapel of the Crucifix, very near to where the path for Carona starts and the didactic itinerary devoted to the construction of the bridge-dam."
Lugano from http://www.lugano-tourism.ch/en/201/default.aspx
"Lugano lies in a bay on the northern side of Lake Lugano, surrounded by numerous mountains offering splendid viewpoints. The traffic-free historic town centre, the numerous buildings in Italianate Lombardy style, the exclusive museums, the mountains, lake and a packed calendar of events all invite visitors to see the sights, soak up the atmosphere – and enjoy "dolce far niente". Thanks to its mild climate, Lugano is a popular tourist destination in the spring when the camellias are in bloom.
The town centre with its Mediterranean-style squares and arcades, and numerous parks with sub-tropical plants such as the Parco Civico on the shores of the lake invite you to laze around, enjoying the atmosphere. By the lakeside promenade are the Belvedere Gardens, where the parkland boasts not only camellias and magnolias but also countless sub-tropical plants and modern works of art.
Art connoisseurs are attracted to this city of art and architecture by the high standard of the exhibitions it hosts. In the Museo Cantonale d'Arte are paintings by Klee, Jawlensky, Renoir and Degas, among others. In the last 50 years, the Ticino region, and Lugano in particular, have developed into an important region for architecture. The most well-known representatives of the "Ticino School" are Luigi Snozzi and Mario Botta. Botta's Banca del Gottardo (Viale Franscini), the Palazzo Ransila (Via Pretorio) and his own workshop on the Via Ciani are good examples.
The two closest mountains to Lugano, Monte San Salvatore and Monte Brè, give you an outstanding panorama of the town, Lake Lugano and the alpine scenery. From Monte Brè there is a walk down to the village of Brè, which has preserved its typical Ticino village centre, and enhanced it with works of art. From the San Salvatore another popular walk leads down through the beautifully situated Carona to Lake Lugano at Morcote. Taking a boat trip back to Lugano is a splendid way to round off the day. Other excursions are to the fishing village of Gandria, up the Monte San Giorgio or the Monte Generoso or to the Lilliput world of Switzerland in Miniature at Melide."