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If you plan to try out the variety of sporting activities that the area has to offer, we can safely say that you will not be disappointed!
Maccagno is one of the best places to enjoy water-skiing, sailing and windsurfing and if you are a beginner, there are also plenty of opportunities for you to learn. The Unione Velica di Maccagno (UVM) offers a summer programme of sailing lessons and is very easy to reach - their office being just next to our reception! North of Maccagno you will also find La Darsena windsurf and kitesurf school, where you can either rent the equipment or take lessons.The fact that there are no speed restrictions on Lago Maggiore makes it an ideal place for using motorboats. You can rent motorboats, pedaloes and canoes from Funwater in Maccagno Inferiore, although booking ahead is recommended.
Golf lovers will discover that there a number of good courses in the area, although you may have to travel for up to 1 hour. The closest courses include a club at Varese, a course near Lugano and the Golf dei Laghi Club which is about 50 minutes away by car. For those of you looking for something special, you may want to travel over to Lago Como to experience the famous Menaggio and Cadenabbia golf course. The clubhouse here feautures a magnificent library of golfing literature, said to be second only to that at Saint Andrews.
If hiking is your cup of tea, we recommend that you visit Val Veddasca, where you will find many different tracks of varying levels of difficulty, as well as breathtaking views. Whilst hiking or biking along the various mountain trails, you will have plenty of opportunity to admire the flora and fauna and enjoy the panoramic views of the lake from one of the many lookout points. Several of these trails lead to mountain pastures where excellent local milk and cheese is produced. Alternitavely you could take the cable car up to the small mountain village of Monteviasco and walk back down. In summer Mottarone is another popular destination for walkers. The top of the peak gives amazing 360° views and on clear days you are able to see all 7 lakes. If you choose to take the cable car to the summit, you will also have the opportunity to stop off at the 'Alpinia' botanical gardens.
For the more adventurous among you, there are plenty of opportunities to try scuba diving, canyoning, skydiving, hang gliding and paragliding. Arguably the most famous bungee jump in the world is only 45 minutes drive away - the Verzasca Dam, famous for its having featured in the opening sequence of the film 'Goldeneye' starring Pierce Brosnan. At 220 metres high, with a drop of 7.5 seconds, this is not a jump for the faint hearted!