Bolle di Magadino
Marshland, reeds, sand holms and floodplain forests (willows, poplars and white alders) are what forms the Bolle di Magadino landscape, mouth of the rivers Ticino and Verzasca. The environment is a result of a constant exchange between land and water: the river deposits alluvial material during floods and the lake water regularly covers the riverbanks. An ideal habitat for birds, insects, flowers and shrubs of humid climates, this protected area is an interesting landscape for pleasant walks year-round.
Itinerary: Bolle di magadino (2h, see map)
The protected area around the mouths of the rivers Ticino and Verzasca (nationally recognized as a site with particular natural and ecological interest) lends itself for people of all ages to take a walk enjoying the flora and fauna. The area, located along the shore of the Lake Maggiore, is protected since the 1970s and is especially known as one of the last natural deltas in Switzerland. It is a preferred site for many species of migratory birds that, during their long journey from South to North, stop to rest and can be seen in the spring.
Visitors can discover the area by following marked trails equipped with information boards in Italian, German and English, and enjoy observing the flora and fauna from especially raised lookout points. In the summer it is also possible to organize guided tours on appointment or boat trips (access with private boats is prohibited).
For a first visit of the Bolle di Magadino it is recommended to start from the village of Magadino, accessible by boat from Locarno. Upon arrival, you may continue on foot along the lakeshore to the marina, one of the three northern access points. The trail leads to the protected area, marked with a welcome sign illustrating the network of trails that visitors are required to follow.
Following the trail to the river leads to the Lischedo area: the term "lischeto" indicates a field, sometimes a marshy one, that in the past was scythed and the grass that was collected used in stables. From here you should turn right and walk through the lush vegetation to the main road. To complete the loop, you must proceed along the banks of the river Ticino to its mouth, located in the area named Piattone.
After periods of strong rains, it is recommended to use boots. The trails can be inaccessible if the water level of Lake Maggiore is high.