Wine, mountains & lakes – six top MTB Tours in Ticino in Switzerland
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Ticino, a canton in the Italian part of Switzerland, is stunningly diverse: high alpine mountain ranges rise above the dark blue waters of Lake Lugano, whilst gentle vineyards blanket gentle slopes. The region’s culture is old and beautiful: dreamy mountain villages, old farms, and small relaxed towns lie en route. So, if your legs are tired from mountain biking, there’s plenty to see on rest days too.
On a network of excellently signposted trails, you ride from the Mediterranean-inspired towns on the lakeshore and through the valleys up to lofty heights with magnificent views. You can choose whether you want a sporty challenge or a relaxed holiday. You can ride your e-MTB here too.
The region’s proximity to Italy is noticeable both in the mild climate and also the culinary offerings. The food here has a lot of Mediterranean influences as well as alpine flair. Ticino combines Italian lifestyle with Swiss quality – the fact that Italian is the main spoken language in the region plays a big role.
Ticino’s diversity makes it a great destination for mountain bikers. From the simple gourmet Tour through the wine-growing region to the challenging Brüsacü circular, there is a suitable ride for every level of ability. In this Collection, we present the six most beautiful MTB tours in Ticino.
Getting to Ticino is very easy by train or car. Long-distance trains run from Germany to various Swiss cities, where you can catch a regional train directly to Ticino. By car, you drive over various (spectacular) Alpine passes to Ticino. Alternatively, you can also travel via the Brenner Pass in Austria and Milan.
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On this route you go on a discovery tour through the Nara region and get a unique view of the entire Blenio valley. This physically and technically demanding route will particularly delight experienced mountain bikers. With trails of varying degrees of difficulty, it offers a perfect mix of happiness and adventure.From the Acquarossa-Comprovasco bus stop you pedal on a paved road up to Monte Foppa, past Corzoneso, Leontica and Cancorì. This almost 14-kilometer section follows the course of the famous “Blenio Gold Race”. If you want to skip this ascent, you can also use the chairlift from Leontica to Cancorì. However, find out about the operating times beforehand: nara.ch.Once at the top, Nara offers a unique view of the entire Blenio Valley and the Adula Glacier. There are many typical Ticino farmhouses here, which blend harmoniously into the landscape. It then continues on a less steep, unpaved road to the Alpe del Gualdo and then on a simple single trail to the Alpe di Garina.The next seven kilometers with a spectacular 1,100 meters of depth to Comprovasco consist of a fantastic single trail, peppered with technically demanding sections and smooth flow passages. In the lower part of the descent you have to cross a couple of busy streets. Even if there is little traffic - please drive accordingly carefully. On the last section of the trail, from Corzoneso to Acquarossa, there are a couple of very difficult passages where we would like to ask you to dismount and walk - out of consideration for nature and other bikers.
This tour takes you across the fascinating peninsula on the outskirts of Lugano. Since it is not overly demanding, you will discover both the wonderful nature and cultural highlights regardless of your skill level.The charm of the Torello area is evident throughout the exit. On the way you pass old churches and monasteries, farms idyllically embedded in nature, the church of the Madonna d'Ongero with the Via Crucis, the Alpe Vicania with its pastures and the inviting restaurant (open seasonally) and just before Carona the botanical park San Grato with its diverse flora, themed trails and a restaurant.In Carona, a visit to the characteristic village center and the parish church of San Giorgio is a must. There is also an open-air swimming pool here, which is particularly popular in midsummer. Despite everything, the best part of the tour is still the unbelievably beautiful view of the lake and the surrounding mountains - Swiss postcard idyll to touch!The tour takes you almost exclusively on unpaved roads through various forest landscapes. You have to deal with relatively few vertical meters. The focus of this tour is on rest and enjoyment - strolling through a garden with a view, just a stone's throw from the city. If you want to include a mountain peak in your exit, there is the possibility of taking the funicular to reach the majestic San Salvatore from Pazzallo.
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This MTB tour through the green hilly landscape and the mountain world of Malcantone in Ticino lets you immerse yourself in the local nature and its various ecosystems. In addition, in the usual Swiss manner, it gives you overwhelming views of the surrounding peaks of the Alps.The tour starts at the SBB train station in Ponte Tresa and first leads you up and down through Malcantone to Monte Lema. If you want, you can take the cable car from Miglieglia to Monte Lema and enjoy the magnificent view there. From Miglieglia the tour leads at the foot of Monte Lema to the picturesque village of Astano.At Monte Lema you cycle through forests with both native and introduced tree species. In addition to all the nature, this tour also offers a lot for those interested in history: On the way you can visit historical buildings or a lumberjack museum. The center of the village of Astano is also one of the historical sights. In the vicinity of Astano, the lake of the same name offers beautiful bathing opportunities in the midst of the Ticino nature.From Astano you pedal through Banco past Monte Mondini back to Ponte Tresa. During the ascent to Monte Mondini you can enjoy phenomenal views of neighboring Italy as a final highlight.
This easy mountain bike tour takes you through the diversity and richness of the Mendrisiotto plain, the main features of which are Lake Ceresio and vineyards. You cycle on little-traveled, paved roads, agricultural and forest roads that are no problem with a mountain bike. Also suitable for families, this route is ideal for learning about the cultural heritage of the Mendrisiotto region and tasting local products.The starting point is Capolago train station. You first cycle towards Riva San Vitale and soon reach Rancate. Then you follow the Laveggio river to Stabio. It is precisely this river that gave this route its name. Along the slopes of Monte San Giorgio and the vineyards, you roll with little incline through the magnificent foothills. On the way there are many nice opportunities to rest or stop, especially in the villages.On the way back you cross a short piece of the Motta Valley Park. Through Corteglia and along other vineyards, you reach Mendrisio. Before you turn back towards Capolago, we recommend a stop at the old wineries of Mendrisio, which are located directly on the route.
The Castagno mountain bike tour leads through the northern part of the Alto Malcantone. In addition to dense chestnut and birch forests, this tour gives you incredible views of the Ticino mountain landscape.The round tour starts and ends at the train station in Magliaso. It leads you through villages, meadows, forests and again and again past gurgling mountain streams. To complete the experience of nature, there are also small ponds on the way, in whose black water the sky is beautifully reflected. A waterfall is also waiting to be discovered by you.Between Arosio and Breno you can find out more about the chestnut forest and the processing of chestnut wood on the information boards of the “Sentiero des Castagno”. You can also get to the bottom of the traces of human creativity on this tour. In Maglio di Aranno on the banks of the Magliasina stream, you will learn how a hammer mill could be operated using water power.The tour leads over the "Sentiero delle Meraviglie" to Ponte di Vello (Breno). There you can look for traces again and discover the region's industrial past through mines, ovens and old industrial buildings.
This tour takes you through the beautiful Blenio Valley. The multitude of historical and cultural treasures in the region make this excursion a pleasure tour, which is also suitable for MTB beginners due to its low incline. On the way you pass many small villages where you can discover the history of this Ticino region.You start in Olivone and first pedal towards Biasca. As soon as you have left the center of Ponto Aquilesco and the village of Aquila behind you, you will pass the impressive Cima Norma - a former chocolate factory. Today the magnificent building is a listed building and can even be visited.We continue with a short ascent to the hill on which the Castello di Curterio was located. A place steeped in history: This is where the Patto di Torre was closed in 1182, with which the districts of Blenio and Leventina sealed their independence from Milan in writing.Then you will reach Lottigna, where you can visit the informative Museo di Blenio. From here you roll downhill to the Terme di Acquarossa, which is one of the well-known Swiss cultural sites.The wonderfully beautiful and historical street of the Satro leads you to Dongio. On the way you can marvel at various grottos and vineyards, which are conveniently visible to the naked eye from a mountain bike. This also includes the Casa die Pagani, an old fortification in the rocks of the Blenio Valley.You cycle on from Motto to Malvaglia, on the last section of this tour. This leads behind Malvaglia through the Leguina, a nationally important river plain.