International Camping Lake Lugano

International Camping Lake Lugano
  • Location and surroundings
  • Facilities available
  • Pricing and value for money
  • Access for larger motorhomes - YES, but be careful at the entrance


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4.41 (32 votes)

International Camping Lake Lugano is accessible via a slight diversion off the primary route towards Italy. Leaving the Swiss motorways, head towards the Italian border and the town of Ponte Tresa. Directions to the site, as per the ACSI book, were spot on. Camping International is a member of the ACSI scheme and costs nineteen euro per night for the 2016 season dates. The site is open all rear round hence this site may be an option for a night stop for those winter sun birds heading for southern Italy in the winter.
International Camping Lake Lugano on site facilities

  • Motorhome service point
  • All grass pitches, some a generous size
  • Electric hook up, 2 – 6 amps. The two amp posts are for seasonals. Tourers make use of a six amp supply.
  • Pot wash
  • Recycling areas for rubbish
  • Toilet block
  • Separate shower block
  • Direct access to Lake Lugano via a secured gate (key fob operated)
  • On site bar/restaurant (of sorts!)
International Camping Lake Lugano

A decent sized pitch at International Camping Lake Lugano

The first disappointment at Camping International related to the appearance of the place – “run down and in need of a freshen up” sums it up nicely.  water in the shower block was luke warm at best, whilst the water in the pot wash was stone cold! There are some very tall trees around the site causing a somewhat feeling of darkness and shade.  However, in times of hot, sunny weather, this may be a plus rather than a minus.

Access to the site is via a gate, down a fairly steep ramp and through a security barrier. The motorhome did not “bottom out” although caution is advised.  Payment for our stay was made when booking in. This is unusual in Italy. The majority of sites collect fees at the end of the camper’s stay. Furthermore, we were issued with a plastic swipe card for a ten euro deposit. This plastic card leads to a highlight of the site – direct access to the lake and a pleasant walk to the town centre. It’s a pleasant walk to the town centre – and the border with Switzerland. There are a few bars and ice cream shops in the town.

International Camping Lake Lugano has a website – here

International Camping Lake Lugano – no dogs!

Noteworthy of a mention, we were travelling in a group consisting of a few motorhomes. Due to the site NOT allowing dogs to stay, our group split for a short time, leaving the doggy van to stay elsewhere at the aire at Locarno.

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