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Hiking from Lugano to Gandria via the Olive Tree Path

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Lake Lugano near Gandria

View from the hiking trail along Lake Lugano to Gandria.

Hiking from Lugano to Gandria

A pleasant hike across part of Lugano, along Lake Lugano via the Olive Tree Path to the picturesque town of Gandria.


How to reach Lugano, and detailed route instructions.


Facts Lugano - Gandria

  • Hiking time: 1h40
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 272 - 361 m
  • Distance: 5.5 km
  • Terrain: town, along lake
  • Region: Lake Lugano (Ticino)

About this hike

You'll first walk across the city center of Lugano, where you will soon reach a park on the lake. After an optional side trip with the funicular to Monte Brè, you'll continue your way to the village of Castagnola to pick up the Olive Tree Path (Sentiero dell’Olivo) along the lake to the ancient town of Gandria.

This route includes the majority of the Olive Tree Path, which is dedicated to the olive groves which were once much more prominent in this area. Take your time to explore Gandria. It is a tiny car free town, with narrow picturesque streets and alleys.

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