Trips, culture and festivals in & around Domaso Vercana and Gera Lario
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The village of Domaso is a former fishing-village that is divided in two parts. The one part is more tranquil with an atmosphere that is typical for Italy with its little shops and good restaurants with a cozy atmosphere. The other part is more modern with an infrastructure especially for tourists, with restaurants, discos and a campground. The Residence Geranio is located in this part.
Located at the upper end of the lake is the delightful small town of Gera Lario. Once a sleepy fishing village with origins dating back to Roman times, now Gera Larios charming narrow alleyways and picturesque houses with frescoes provide a perfect holiday idyll. At the centre of the town, there is a pretty Piazza surrounded by plane trees - here you can enjoy the market which takes place on the second and fourth Wednesday morning of each month.
The bustling yacht harbour and the lake promenade certainly deserve a visit and from here, one can take long, lazy walks along the shore.
Gera Lario offers cosy cafes, bistros and two well-loved restaurants, as well as small grocery shops with their own bakery and butcher and all comfortably within walking distance. There are large supermarkets to be found just outside the town.
During the summer months, sport and recreational events with dancing and entertainment take place.
Amongst many resources enjoyed by the local people of Gera Lario are the bocce court and the large childrens playground, close to the lake. Visitors are always cordially welcomed to also enjoy these facilities.
For those who like to swim, there is a choice between the flat, shallow beaches along the lake or the public swimming pool which has showering and changing facilities close by. Windsurfers will find the well-established surf school close to the harbour, providing a wide range of courses, lessons etc.
Within walking and biking distance is the village of Sorico which boasts the baroque church of San Stefano - as well as a good choice of restaurants.
There are further opportunities for shopping in the neighbouring towns of Domaso, Gravedona and Colico all only a 5 10 minute drive away. After shopping, why not wine and dine in one of the many superb restaurants. The younger visitors are also catered for, with special various entertainments provided for them.
6 golf-courses are located at the Lago di Como. More can be found in the vicinity. Roughly 30-35 min away and easy to reach is the nice golf-course located above the village Menaggio.
There are good biking-faclities in the mountains as well as in the nearby valleys or right on the waterfront. Also nice possibilities for jogging or walking right on the waterfront.
A good riding-school is located between Gera Lario and Colico. They also offer to go for rides.
Right in the village is a tennis-court as well as three in the surrounding villages.
Right from your vacation-apartment you can begin numerous hikes in the mountains with a wonderful panoramic view, for example on the "St. Bartolomeo" and the "Montemezzo". Furthermore you can find nice hikingpaths all around the lake as well as in the nearby Valtellina-valley and the Bergell-region.
Direct lake-access, without crossing a street. Your own deck-chairs for the beach can be provided. Yachtsmen, surfers and water-skiers will find very good facilities for watersports. Surf- and sailing schools as well as rentals can be found in the village and in the vicinity. A waterski-school is located right at the entrance to the village.
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