I mentioned in my introduction that Cannero has a beach. It is in a cove, on the southern side of the village, i.e. on the opposite side with respect to the boat landing.
The natural beaches here consist mostly of pebbles, but soft sand is brought in for the summer, and put on the long narrow terrace that lies between the grass of the public gardens and the natural pebble beach.
The promenade is beautiful, but it is not the only place where it's nice to go for a walk. If you turn into the narrow alleys in the oldest part of the village, you will find how picturesque they are. Among their charms is the fact that every now and then you will catch a glimpse of some garden, enclosed among the houses.
The village is small, so the promenade is not as grand as that of Stresa, but probably this is why I like it even more. The view is extremely beautiful, and I find it very relaxing that the houses and hotels I pass by are in a more real-life scale than those of the "grand-dames" of other more famous towns.
From Cannero you can see an island, a few km away, with a castle. Actually there are two small islands, although from the village you cannot notice, because of the perspective.
A fortress was built there by the Mazzarditi family. It was known as Malpaga. The Mazzarditi were defeated in 1414 by the Duke of Milan and the two islands became property of the Borromeo family. They built a new castle there, about one century later. However the castle was not much used, so it went into decay.
Although it is known as Castello di Cannero, it is not so near, but a closer view can be had from the road a few km out of Cannero. Even better is going there with a private boat. There is no public service, because the castle is not open to visits.