5 Incredible European Wonders to Experience
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Hike the Olive Trail – Lugano, Switzerland
The first time I visited Lugano, Switzerland, I was just a child but I still remember the winding hill-top landscape overlooking the pristine lake. That’s exactly the view you’ll experience on the Sentiero dell’olivo (Olive Grove Trail). While most Swiss tourists will be in the bustling city center, you can enjoy a countryside trail lined with ancient olive trees.
The pathway stretches 3.5 km long, connecting the hidden villages of Castagnola and Gandria. You can start the hike from either town, but the traditional starting point is from Gandria – a town of roughly 200 people that can only be reached on foot or by boat!
The entrance is marked by a small olive logo but it’s very easy to miss it and asking for directions can be tricky in the Italian-speaking town, but with a few handy phrases and points in the right direction, you’ll be on your way to one of the rarest European trails.
Imagine unique hillside houses along narrow streets, sprawling olive trees and views of the famous Lake Lugano from every angle and you’ll get a sense of what the Olive Trail is all about.
Want more? Read about Hilary’s trip to Lugano!