Beaches and Lidos of Lake Como

Lake Como is not a seaside resort – there are no wide sandy beaches there. But a number of places around the Lake have mostly shingle beaches and/or lidos – areas with sun-beds, pools and refreshments:

  • Two swimming pools and a ‘beach’ are open in summer in the grounds of the Villa Olmo, in Como, +39 31 570 871
  • Also in Como, at Viale Geno 13, is the Lido di Villa Geno, with a solarium, pizzeria and American bar, +39 31 306 127
  • Argegno has a small, pleasant beach.
  • There is a recently opened Lido in Lenno, at the southern end of the waterfront, near the tourist information office. And beyond it is the narrow entrance to a shingle beach.
  • At Cadenabbia there is a public Lido by the lakeside, with a pool, sun beds, sandy beach, drinks and restaurant. At the weekend, it becomes ‘one of the most elegant discos’. And further along the ‘shoreline’, the moored ‘Bisbino boat’ provides live music.
  • Bellagio has a Riverside Beach Bar in Via la Spiaggia. It describes itself as a ‘bathing centre’ with beach, sunbeds (for hire), snack bar and boat jetty. Just outside of town at the very end of the promontory, is the shingle beach at Punta Spartivento.
  • Menaggio has the large commercial lido ‘Giordano’, at the end of the lakeside, just past the obstacle putting course. Facilities include adult and children’s pools, ‘grassy beach’, playground, bar, restaurant and big sun terrace
  • A little way north of Varenna’s ferry point is a beach with a Lido – Spiaggia and the Lido Beach restaurant.
  • Dongo has a Lido Communale at the northern end of town, in the area for watersports and campsites.
  • At the entrance to Gravedona are a beach and lido with two swimming pools.
  • Blue Easy Rent, a boat hire company based in the Sporting Club Domaso on Via Case Sparse, also offers: ‘Private camping site, sunbathing area, dressing rooms…bar and lounge inside the club house, large parking site and free beaches only 50 metres far’.