A holiday location for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers – Val Gardena combines sport and relaxation against a breathtaking backdrop
Selva Gardena – Santa Cristina – Ortisei
At the heart of the magnificent Dolomites, Val Gardena spans the three villages of Ortisei, Santa Cristina and Selva Gardena.
Tourism is firmly established here and offers visitors an amazing range of holiday options for summer as well as winter breaks. The unique mountainous landscape that the valley presents to its guests, parts of which belong to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is exceptional in each and every season.
Enjoy the variety of leisure activities available. The Ladin valley is renowned for its ski area, which is part of the Dolomiti Superski ski carousel, the largest in the Alps. Ski enthusiasts are especially impressed by the Sellaronda, the ski circuit around the Sella mountain group. As well as this, there are plenty of sporting alternatives which allow for active days spent in the fresh mountain air: whether cross-country skiing, ice climbing, a leisurely snowshoe hike or tobogganing; winter pleasure is guaranteed.
In summer, Val Gardena reveals itself as a paradise for mountain bikers, hikers and climbers. The Puez-Odle Nature Park and the Alpe di Siusi provide wonderful walking and hiking paths for the whole family. You can also experience this fascinating natural wonder by riding a mountain bike over the Dolomite passes, or paragliding high above.
World famous events such as the FIS Ski World Cup and the MTB Marathon Sellaronda Hero take place here year after year.
Val Gardena also enchants visitors with its art, culture and cuisine. Numerous charming restaurants and bars invite guests to enjoy distinctive South Tyrolean and Italian cuisine. Stroll through the idyllic villages and visit one or two of the many art exhibitions by local artists and wood carvers. The eclectic character of Gardena has something for everyone and is always worth a visit. Whether young or old, active or relaxed, everyone is sure to spend an unforgettable holiday in this region.
Ortisei in Val Gardena – 1,236 m
The main village of Val Gardena impresses its guests with its picturesque centre, the pedestrian area with numerous cafés, boutiques, as well as cosy, romantic nooks.
Wood carving is a centuries-old tradition in Val Gardena and has always contributed to the village’s creative development and worldwide reputation. The ski lifts which allow access to the Seceda and Alpe di Suisi ski and hiking areas are located close to the village centre. The largely unspoiled Rasciesa alpine pasture, which belongs to the Puez-Odle Nature Park, can also be reached by funicular from Ortisei.
Santa Cristina in Val Gardena – 1,428 m
Santa Cristina lies in the sunny centre of Val Gardena and is treasured by adventurous families, hikers and ski enthusiasts, as well as those seeking peace and tranquillity. The lifts for the Val Gardena ski area are located in the immediate vicinity. Experienced skiers can burn off energy on the Sassolungo, on the FIS Ski World Cup descent, or enjoy the wonderful panorama of Monte Pana. The popular alpine meadow also offers an excellent cross-country network of slopes and is a great starting point for various hiking trails in the Dolomites during summer months. The wide range of sporting and cultural activities in Santa Cristina guarantees an unforgettable holiday.
Selva in Val Gardena – 1,563 m
A holiday in Selva Gardena is pure pleasure. Encircled by the impressive backdrop of the Dolomites, this well-known holiday destination offers discerning, sport-orientated holidaymakers an exciting plethora of options in summer as well as in winter. This idyllic little village stretches out at the foot of the local Sassolungo mountain, along the unique Sella mountain group and the Puez-Odle Nature Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This makes it a genuine paradise for winter sports enthusiasts, hikers and mountain bikers.
Situated in the middle of the Dolomiti Superski area, Selva Gardena is a perfect starting point for the Sellaronda, the world famous ski route around the Sella massif.