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You can enjoy the following sports and other activities locally.  See also the calendar of the best times of year to do these sports.

The popular Lagna beach on the west side of Lake Orta. This is a free beach. Click for more info.   The popular Miami Beach at the south end of the lake, with deck chairs, sun umbrellas, pedalos, kayas, bar, food, and all facilities. This is a pay beach. Click for more info.

· Beaches and Swimming. You can swim at Miami at the south end of the lake (you get a 20% discount on the entrance fee when you stay at one of our apartments - ask for details).  For those staying in Orta San Giulio, there is a small free beach called Ortello, on the south side of the Orta peninsular, just 300 metres from the centre of Orta San Giulio.  Miami Beach, at the south end of the lake (visible from the main lakeside road), has all facilities, including deck chairs, sun loungers, sun shades, lifeguard, pedalos, kayaks, food ranging from icecream to sandwiches to plates of pasta or salad, and a full bar.  Their web site is  About 400 metres from the Orta San Giulio roundabout, on the road north towards Omegna, you'll find on the left the car park for Luci sul Lago.  A path leads down to the paved "beach" which has sunloungers and sunshades, and the popular cafe/pizzeria/restaurant which is right next to the beach.  For more details see their website  You can also swim at the Lido di Gozzano at the south end of the lake, and at Lagna Beach on the west side, near Pella, and at many other places around Lake Orta.

Ondaland, the fantastic water park near Vicolungo. Click for more info.

· Ondaland.  There is a very popular waterpark about 40 minutes drive south of Lake Orta, with wave-pool, waterslides, watertubes, for all ages, including some facilities for just younger children.  Get there in good time, the free sun-loungers and sun shades go quickly!  Web site

The amazing Mottarone Bob Coaster run, 750 metres of descent on tracks, complete with 360 degree turn, in two-person bobs equipped with brakes (even the bravest need to use them!!!). And all for just 4.50 euros a ride, discounts for multiple rides! Lake Maggiore in the distance.   Alpyland from the air, showing the full layout of this amazing bob run!  Lake Orta and the island in the distance to the left.

· Alpyland and the Mottarone Bob Coaster.  This special attraction at the top of the Mottarone is an amazing and unique Bob Run, more details on the Local Sights page.  To get a feel for it, see the You Tube video at  Open all year round.

Resting at Alzo during a bike ride around Lake Orta   Mountain biking on the paths between the Mottarone and the Tre Montagnette   Cycling off-road along the lakeside path from the Lido di Gozzano to Pella

· Cycling.  Lake Orta is superb for cycling!  All the walks we provide are suitable for mountain biking too, being almost entirely off the road, so suitable for children too.  For those with road bikes there are some superb trips including the ascent of the Mottarone (though some may prefer the cable car up from Stresa!), followed by a long descent...!  A wide range of well maintained bikes can be hired from Sport Bike, in Omegna, Via Fratelli di Dio 61), telephone 339-592.4089 (note new mobile number), run by Massimo, from just €10 per day or €40 per week.  In Orta San Giulio, some bikes may be available for hire from the Welcome Point (Via Poli 5, telephone 0322-905.188).

· Electric Bikes.  New for 2018!  You can rent good electric mountain bikes from E-Bike Lago d'Orta for €50 per day or €205 for 5 days (2018 prices).  They are based at the roundabout just outside Orta San Giulio.  Address: Via Domodossola 9, 28016 Orta San Giulio (NO)  Contact: Vittorio mobile +39-348-145.1877.  Web site  2018 Price List

Premia Thermal Baths

· Thermal Baths.  There is a new (2008) thermal baths at Premia, about 45 minutes drive from Lake Orta, on the road north beyond Domodossola.  Inside and outside pools, wellness centre offering various treatments.  Web site  This is natural spring water (comes out the ground at 44°C) with naturally occuring high levels of calcium sulphate.

· Horse Riding. You can take lessons (in English) or do trekking at the Fattoria del Pino (at Miasino).  Details are in your location pack.  There are also stables at Invorio and Monte Oro.

White water rafting in the Val Sesia. Click for more info.

· White Water Rafting.  You can do rafting and kayaking and more at Balmuccia, in the Val Sesia (the Sesia is next major river valley to the west of Lake Orta).  To get there, from Pogno (on the west side of Lake Orta) take the Cremosina pass, then descend to the valley and drive through Varallo Sesia.  For more details see web site

40hp motorboats can be hired from Pella marina   40hp motorboats can be hired from Pella marina

· Motorboat hire is available from Pella Marina (Via Buonarroti 14, Pella - ask for Domenico).  A 40hp boat big that can carry 7 people costs €180 for a hire from 10am to 6pm.  Download pictures of the available boats, the motorboat tariff sheet for 2016, and an overview of equipment for hire from Pella Marina (pdf files).

Kayaks can be hired from Pella marina   Standup Paddles can be hired from Pella mmarina

· Kayaks and Standup Paddles can be hired from Pella Marina (Via Buonarroti 14, Pella - ask for Domenico).  Sit on kayaks are €7 per hour or €35 per day, and Aero Standup Paddles are €10 per hour or €40 per day.  Download 2016 kayak tariff sheet or 2016 standup paddle tariff sheet (pdf files).  You can also hire Kayaks and Stand Up Paddles from Canoe Lago d'Orta (web site which is on the lakeside path 200 metres north from the centre of Orta San Giulio (so after the San Rocco Hotel) just before the tip of the peninsula (Punta Movero).

· Bicycle, Vespa Scooter, and Boat hire.  Living Lake offers a range of bicycles for hire at low rates, plus vespa scooters, and motor boats.  Hire point at Ghiffa on Lake Maggiore, and a new (2013) hire point at Omegna (Forum di Omegna, Parco Maulini 1, Omegna).  Full details on  This is a new recommendation, please feed back to William your experience if you use Living Lake.

· Poetry.  The Poetry on the Lake festival is held in late September every year in and around Orta San Giulio and neighbouring villages.  The Patron of Poetry on the Lake is the British Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.  Full details on the festival web site

· Wine.  The local villages of Gattinara, Ghemme and Sizzano offer excellent red wines.  Further afield, to the South East of Turin, is the home of the world-class Barolo.

· Windsurfing.  Available at the Hotel Giardinetto, at Pettenasco.

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