Contra is located directly above Switzerland's warmest city, Locarno. The place enjoys fame thanks to its own charm. The Mediterranean plants, such as palm and lemon trees, evoke a holiday feeling for everyone. Nearby Locarno is also the ideal starting point for excursions to the surrounding valleys, to Ascona, Isola di Brissago and many other Ticino towns.
The Piazza Grande forms the heart of this idyllic little town. Not only does the annual film festival take place there, but the square is also home to numerous restaurants and cafés. The pretty old town streets all lead to the Piazza Grande. The Castello Visconteo, which is well worth a visit, is on the edge of the old town.