Being surrounded by mountains and lakes, ticino is an all-round well endowed region when it comes to sports. Be it skiing and winter activities during winter in areas like airolo, or hiking, mountain biking, golfing, wakeboarding and sailing during summer. Most towns that surround lake lugano or lake maggiore offer many activities and courses during the summer.
Being next to como, italy and resorts in the alps, the leisure and relaxation culture around is well present. Many resorts, thermal baths, spas and mountain retreats are available in the area, such as the well coveted spa of the lido di locarno which offers premium treatments and facilities whilst having a view on beautiful lake maggiore.
Each town in ticino will offer unique shopping experiences. Be it flea markets in small towns, modern luxury boutiques in via nassa on the lakeside of lugano, artisanal and creative ateliers in the old city of locarno or the famous great deals on premium brands at the foxtown mall in mendrisio, the possibilities are endless.
Having been a place coveted for its beauty and peace for centuries, ticino is a region full of culture. Be it the medieval castles of bellinzona and locarno, the antique abbeys, the italian renaissance inspired architecture as well as the modern art museums such as lac in lugano, there is something for everyone.
Even though melide and the area of ticino is known for being tranquil and isolated from polluted cities and noisy interstates, it is very close to major european cities, making it an ideal little paradise close to the business and cultural centres of europe. Melide itself is only an hour away from the fashion capital of the world milan, and only a couple of hours away from major swiss cities such as luzern and zurich. Getting to all of these and back for a quick day trip with the efficient and well organised swiss trains is simple and even an enjoyable experience.