|View towards Paradiso past the pedalos|
Length: 3 km (1.9 miles), terrain flat
For another Lugano route, see Lugano to Gandria Lakeside Route
Here's a short and simple route that follows the most popular running trail in Lugano: an out-and-back along the lakeside to the Paradiso neighborhood at the south end of town. This is definitely the place most joggers head to when doing their daily run, and for good reason. The route provides an amazing view of Lake Lugano and the surrounding mountains, a tree-lined promenade with boats docked-up along much of the stretch, and elegant hotels along the other side of the street.
The only thing that disturbs the idyll here is the loud traffic along the shore-front street (which changes its name a few times).
|Monte San Salvatore dominates the run|
NOTE: If this route is a bit too short for you, add a loop through Parco Civico, just 200 meters up the lake from the beginning of the run.
The route starts at the same spot as the Gandria route: in the main plaza, in front of the town hall.
Just like with the Gandria route, you head over to the lakeside, taking the pedestrian tunnel under the waterfront street. But this time, turn right and head along the water as it curves around to the left towards that steep mountain straight ahead, San Salvatore. It looks a bit like Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio, but the dimensions are in keeping with Lugano's much smaller status. But still, it rises about 700 meters from the lake.
|Sometimes the path can get a bit crowded|
|Some of the many runners on the shore run|
A bit further along the waterfront, you'll pass the bathing house, a very Swiss institution. The mountain lakes have steep banks and few beaches, so the Swiss built bathing houses where swimmers could change and hang out on ring-shaped docks with ladders to the surrounding water.
After you pass the Paradiso boat landing, the promenade ends at Hotel Eden. There is a fountain with an old olive tree which you can circle, and off you go again, back to the center of Lugano.
|Olive tree at the turn-around. Monte Bré in the distance|