Lakes, rivers, hills and mountains offer an ideal background to spend days in the open air among nature and sports. In every season, Baveno offers, beyond the pleasantness of the stay, many excursions by water or by ground, to discover the natural heritage and the possibility of practicing numerous sports and recreational activities like trekking, mountain bike, golf, horse-riding, sailing, canoeing, scuba-diving, water skiing and fishing. For winter sports (alpine descents and snowboarding) you can go to the top of the Mottarone mountain (half an hour drive from Baveno). In addition, the favoured centralized position of Baveno, crossing point to the Ossola Valley, allows you to reach in a short time the National Par of the Val Grande, the vastest area of Wilderness of Italy and the Alps, Macugnaga, Monte Rosa, the Natural Parks of the ‘Val Grande’, the vastest area of wilderness of Italy and the Alps, Macugnaga, Monte Rosa, the Natural Parks of ‘Alpe Veglia’ and ‘Alpe Devero’, of ‘Val Formazza’ and ‘Val Vigezzo’.