Where to swim in Locarno: Lido Locarno


It’s Friday! And on Fridays during the summertime we are pleased to feature great information from our guest bloggers on swimming around Switzerland. I hope you have been able to get out and discover a new place or two to swim around Switzerland. 


Today we head south! Expat and travel blogger Julie from Gelato Travel takes us to her favourite place to swim in the canton of Ticino. You’ve already learnt the Swiss-German word for swimming pool is Badi, and now lets hit the Lido on the Italian side. 

Where is your favourite Badi?

Recently we visited one of our favorite places to swim as a family, Lido Locarno. The Lido is absolutely stunning and set right on Lake Maggiore. Not only is the location ideal, the lido has so much to offer:  pools, the lake, water slides, restaurants, giant inflatable place structures, beach front access, a gym, a spa, and so much more.

Opening Hours and entry price: 

The Lido Locarno is open daily from 8.30am till 9pm with an early opening at 6.30pm on Thursdays.

Prices vary depending on what you do:

Adults start from 13 CHF and children (aged 4-15) start from 7 CHF. A family of 2 Adults and 2 Kids start from 37 CHF Activities like the waterslides and gym are an additional cost.  

The best way to get there?

There are a lot of options for parking around the Lido, with lots of metered parking along the street. Otherwise the number 2 bus from the Locarno main train station will have you at the Lido in 13 minutes.


What sets your Badi apart from the rest? 

The location. Honesty, every visitor we take there is in awe when walking in.  The views are stunning on Lake Maggiore. There is fun for all age levels—from a baby pool to water-slides, beach volleyball to a lap pool.  When we visit we stay all day long. The kids come home happy and exhausted. Perfect win. 

Anything yummy that we must try on the menu? 

They have a beautiful restaurant called BLU but to be honest we have never tried it. The views from inside are amazing though. We have eaten at the little cafes and always seem to walk away with more gelato than we need.

Whats one thing you never go to the Badi without? 

Swim goggles. My kids are constantly asking for googles, so we have a bag full of them for our swim adventures. 

Tell us a bit about yourself

We are a California family who traveled to Europe for the first time 10 years ago and got the itch to move abroad. We went home, applied for jobs all over Europe and ended up with an offer from Switzerland. The only catch was, we had to relocate ourselves. So we sold everything and bought 4 one-way tickets to Switzerland and arrived in a country none of us had ever visited before. To say the least it was an adventure and has been ever since. The kids started out in German-speaking schools for the first 6 years until we gave them another adventure in switching to the Italian schools when we moved further south. We've never looked back and have enjoyed traveling as a family all over Europe. 

Thanks for taking us on a trip to the Locarno Lido Julie. For more about Julie and her families adventures, you can check out Julie’s blog “Gelato Travel” and her Instagram account.

You can check out the Locarno Lido and other great places to Swim around Switzerland over on our page My Badi.

We love sharing different places to swim all over Switzerland, so if yours isn’t on the list we would love to hear from you. Get in contact!