Created in 2002, the Sentiero dell’Olivo (Olive Path) travels between Castagnola and Gandria along Lake Lugano. This scenic path highlights Switzerland’s more Mediterranean climate in the canton of Ticino. With flowering cactus, palm trees and given its name, an olive orchard, this family-friendly walk can also incorporate a ferry boat ride to or from Lugano’s city center.
How to get there:
You can either start Lugano’s Olive Path walk in Castagnola or Gandria. At 3.3 km in length, the estimated walking time is about one hour.
From Castagnola – When I did the walk with my family, we took the #2 bus from Lugano Stazione to the Castagnola, Posta bus stop. It takes about 16-18 minutes to get there. When you get off the bus, start walking down the hillside. Soon after, you will start seeing green signs pointing in the direction of the “Sentiero dell’Olivo.” Along the path, there are 18 informational panels in four languages with information about this region and olive production.
The village of Gandria has several small restaurants to choose from. During our time there, we stopped at a small café right on the water. Open from April to October, La Bottega di Gandria offers sandwiches, drinks and desserts. On a beautiful day, you can enjoy your meal outside on the terrace. This cozy café also has a small shop where you can purchase food products from the region.