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S. Carlo (Val Bavona)
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Stage 2, S. Carlo (Val Bavona)–Cap. Cristallina
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S. Carlo (Val Bavona)

S. Carlo (Val Bavona)

San Carlo lies at the far end of the narrow Val Bavona, marking the end of the road and postbus route. Here is the lower terminus of the cableway to Robièi, situated at the foot of the Basòdino Glacier and starting point of the Cristallina Pass hiking trail.
The valley is characterised by its glacially-formed U-shape and high rock faces. Landslides have carpeted the valley floor with detritic cones and boulders as large as houses, which have defined the river bed and give the valley its primeval appearance. With few exceptions, the Val Bavona is not inhabited all the year round. In the summer months, it comes to life and is very popular with hikers.

The houses of San Carlo do not nestle together but line various pathways. The reason for this is that the village was founded towards the end of the 17th century when winters were spent outside the valley, which meant there was no need for the houses to be built together for shelter from the elements. The inhabitants of Prèsa on the opposite slope, whose village was threatened by landslides, settled at San Carlo. Today’s Prèsa is partly in ruins and features interesting historic witnesses to rural architecture in the form of unusual tower-shaped houses.

A cableway overcomes almost 1000 altitude metres from San Carlo (950m) to Robièi (1900m). The ride in the cableway offers views of the impressive Basòdino Glacier, a shimmering white peak in front of a magnificent landscape of gneiss and granite rock. Robièi has an unusual octagonal hotel built in the 1960s and a mountain hut and is the starting point for several scenic hikes, for instance to the Basòdino Glacier, into the Val Formazza, to various mountain lakes (Lago di Robièi, Lago di Nero, Lago di Bianco etc) and the highly popular Cristallina pass traversal (2568m) into the Val Bedretto.

The Val Bavona produces hydroelectricity with three reservoirs and plants. Despite this, many small settlements are without mains electricity and make use of solar energy, gas, small water turbines, candles and petroleum.

Highlights

  • Unspoilt Val Bavona – this narrow, glacial valley with its rugged and austere rock faces is one of the most remote and scenic valleys in Canton Ticino.
  • Basòdino – impressive mountain massif with a vast, glittering and almost crevice-free glacier. Best viewed from Robièi.
  • San Carlo - Robièi cableway – overcomes 1000 altitude metres on the ascent to the Cristallina Pass, giving access to the beautiful lake landscape at the foot of the Basòdino Glacier.
  • Foroglio Waterfall – 80 metre-high spectacular cascade near the hamlet of Foroglio.
  • Stone paths (sentieri di pietra) – cultural trails that weave their way through the Valle Maggia and its branch valleys.
San Carlo lies at the far end of the narrow Val Bavona, marking the end of the road and postbus route. Here is the lower terminus of the cableway to Robièi, situated at the foot of the Basòdino Glacier and starting point of the Cristallina Pass hiking trail.
The valley is characterised by its glacially-formed U-shape and high rock faces. Landslides have carpeted the valley floor with detritic cones and boulders as large as houses, which have defined the river bed and give the valley its primeval appearance. With few exceptions, the Val Bavona is not inhabited all the year round. In the summer months, it comes to life and is very popular with hikers.

The houses of San Carlo do not nestle together but line various pathways. The reason for this is that the village was founded towards the end of the 17th century when winters were spent outside the valley, which meant there was no need for the houses to be built together for shelter from the elements. The inhabitants of Prèsa on the opposite slope, whose village was threatened by landslides, settled at San Carlo. Today’s Prèsa is partly in ruins and features interesting historic witnesses to rural architecture in the form of unusual tower-shaped houses.

A cableway overcomes almost 1000 altitude metres from San Carlo (950m) to Robièi (1900m). The ride in the cableway offers views of the impressive Basòdino Glacier, a shimmering white peak in front of a magnificent landscape of gneiss and granite rock. Robièi has an unusual octagonal hotel built in the 1960s and a mountain hut and is the starting point for several scenic hikes, for instance to the Basòdino Glacier, into the Val Formazza, to various mountain lakes (Lago di Robièi, Lago di Nero, Lago di Bianco etc) and the highly popular Cristallina pass traversal (2568m) into the Val Bedretto.

The Val Bavona produces hydroelectricity with three reservoirs and plants. Despite this, many small settlements are without mains electricity and make use of solar energy, gas, small water turbines, candles and petroleum.

Highlights

  • Unspoilt Val Bavona – this narrow, glacial valley with its rugged and austere rock faces is one of the most remote and scenic valleys in Canton Ticino.
  • Basòdino – impressive mountain massif with a vast, glittering and almost crevice-free glacier. Best viewed from Robièi.
  • San Carlo - Robièi cableway – overcomes 1000 altitude metres on the ascent to the Cristallina Pass, giving access to the beautiful lake landscape at the foot of the Basòdino Glacier.
  • Foroglio Waterfall – 80 metre-high spectacular cascade near the hamlet of Foroglio.
  • Stone paths (sentieri di pietra) – cultural trails that weave their way through the Valle Maggia and its branch valleys.

Arrival and return S. Carlo (Val Bavona)

Adresse

Ascona-Locarno Turismo
Infodesk Maggia
Centro Commerciale
6673 Maggia
Tel. +41 (0)848 091 091
vallemaggia@ascona-locarno.com
www.ascona-locarno.com

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Capanna Basodino (Robiei) CAS
Capanna Basodino (Robiei) CAS
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Capanna Fiorasca
Capanna Fiorasca
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Capanna Pian di Crest
Capanna Pian di Crest
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Places of interest

Cascata di Foroglio
Cascata di Foroglio
La Ciossa 'd Tea
La Ciossa 'd Tea
Pumptrack Cevio
Pumptrack Cevio
The Museum of Valmaggia
The Museum of Valmaggia
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Hiking in

S. Carlo (Val Bavona)
Sentiero Cristallina
Sentiero Cristallina
Stage 2, S. Carlo (Val Bavona)–Cap. Cristallina
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Sentiero Cristallina
Sentiero Cristallina
Stage 1, Bignasco–S. Carlo (Val Bavona)
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