Spa in the mountains: 10 alpine destinations to experience sport

Spa in the mountains: 10 alpine destinations to experience sport

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From trekking to paragliding: keep fit even in mountain spas

1) Walking with llamas in the Renon

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The most curious walks take place on the Renon plateau, north-east of Bolzano (ritten.com). Every Wednesday and Friday the Kaserhof farm (kaserhof.it) organizes half-day tours – about three and a half hours – in the company of about twenty llamas and alpacas. Follow the ancient Roman path up to the earth pyramids of Renon, where a typical South Tyrolean snack is provided, carried by the friendly animals in special saddlebags. The farm also offers riding lessons and guided tours in its own stables.

All of which can also be booked at the hotel ADLER LODGE RITTEN, an oasis immersed in the scents of resins and larch trees from the nearby wood. The complex consists of 20 wooden chalets with private saunas and 20 junior suites in the side wings of the main building. The hotel, equipped with a spa, offers guests yoga sessions, hiking and cycling.

(adler-resorts.com).

2) Summer skiing in Alta Valtellina

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Summer skiing For the diehard skiers even in summer, the destination is the Stelvio glacier, in Alta Valtellina. In the Lombardy area, Bormio is a reference point for sporting vacationers, with over 600 km of hiking trails and the Bormio 360 Adventure Trail, the novelty of this year. It is a 140 km route divided into ten stages to be completed by e-bike, mountain bike and on foot for the most trained. The city is also known for its ancient thermal baths divided into Bagni Vecchi and Bagni Nuovi (qcterme.com) and for the nine-hole golf course.

For sleeping, a great address is theEDEN HOTELa structure designed by the ACPV Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel & Partners studio, designed according to the dictates of green building and eco-sustainability.

(edenbormio.it).

3) By mountain bike in Alta Badia

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Scenarios of stone and steel legs for challenging tracks, but the effort is rewarded by the suggestion of the Dolomite landscapes at high altitude of Alta Badia. Also to be discovered by bike, participating in various marathons. The Sellaronda Bike Day (next date: 17 September), for example, winds around the Sella massif (altabadia. Org / it). Those who love mixed routes, on the other hand, should head to the Bike Beats – Movimënt Alta Badia Trails parks open until 2 October (bikepark-altabadia.it).

And after sport it is a pleasure to take refuge in the hotel WITH THE HIGH, in the center of Corvara (Bz) at an altitude of 1,568 meters. Among the musts of the hotel: the ad hoc packages for active holidays – including bike excursions – the spa, the gourmet restaurant and the Iceberg Lounge Bar.

(colalto.it).

4) Climbing in the Gran Paradiso National Park

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This year it turns 100: it is the Gran Paradiso National Park (pngp.it), the oldest in Italy. Lying between the Valle d’Aosta and Piedmont, and marked by the ibex as a symbol, it is an Eden for various sports activities, from hiking along the network of paths of over 500 km to cycling routes on 17 tracks, to rock climbing. Among the five valleys of the park, that of Cogne with the homonymous alpine resort is the most famous with a view of the glaciers of Gran Paradiso.

Furrowed by various trekking routes such as the Lillaz-Lago Loie (5 hours of walking and an uphill climb of 737 meters), it hosts one of the “most cuddly” hotels in the Alps: the BELLEVUE HOTEL & SPA, Affiliated to the Relais & Chateaux with four restaurants

(hotelbellevue.it).

5) Playing golf on the Alpe di Siusi

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There are 18 of them and they are the most spectacular holes of the Alpe di Siusi. It is easy to fall in love with the golf course of the St. Vigil Seis Golf Club (golfstvigilseis.it) overlooking the Sciliar, 5 km from Castelrotto (Bz). Located at 850 meters above sea level on 55 hectares, it attracts expert players, those who want to refine their technique or perfect their swing, but also beginners with courses on offer.

This activity is combined with the ecological philosophy of the hotel ALPINA DOLOMITES LODGE, in the locality of Compatsch, at 1,860 meters. The structure was built according to the criteria of green building and is low energy consumption. Wood, stone and glass are the backbone of the buildings. Among the highlights of the hotel are the COMO Shambhala Retreat Spa and the Cigar Lounge, complete with a cellar of fine cognacs.

(alpinadolomites.it).

6) Paragliding in Valtournenche – Cervino Valley

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Two meters from the sky. This is the sensation you get when you land in Chamois (lovechamois.it), which with its 1,815 meters above sea level is the highest town in the Aosta Valley and the only one that can only be reached in two ways: by cable car, or, on foot. In this alpine wonder, paragliding is one of the most popular activities for sportsmen. Generally you take off from Clavalité, which thanks to the play of favorable currents allows you to glide over the whole valley. The organization Fans de Sport – Sport e Avventura offers various flight solutions even for beginners: from tandem to evening (fansdesport.it).

After the evolutions in the blue of the sky, the hotel MAISON CLY it is the perfect nest to take refuge in the silent pedestrian village. The structure combines tradition and modernity in the furnishings.

(maisoncly.it).

7) Free flight over the Paganella

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Leonardo’s dream of flying became reality with the invention of paragliding, and in Trentino it is practiced on the Paganella Brenta Plateau (visittrentino.info). With these “sails” you can fly over not only the evocative landscapes of the Dolomites, but also the enchanting lake of Molveno (Tn) with its emerald green water. In these parts, beginners rely on I Fly Tandem (iflytandem.it), specialized in tandem paragliding flights with an instructor. Or you can go to the Vola Bass Molveno club (volabass.it), which requires an annual membership.

And who doesn’t want to soar in the sky? Just stay in the hotel ALPOTEL DOLOMITENwhich offers Activity Holidays of 19 weekly excursions with mountain guides and local guides: from easy walks to trekking in the Dolomites, to e-bike tours.

(alpoteldolomiten.com).

8) Nordic walking Val Fiscalina

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Nordic walking is a particular walk, supported by special sticks, which activates the muscles in the best possible way. To learn the technique, go to Val Fiscalina, an enchanting South Tyrolean valley, in Alta Pusteria (altapusteria.com).

In Moso di Sesto (Bz), the BAD MOOS DOLOMITES SPA RESORT organize outings with a teacher to practice Nordic walking. The hotel offers an extensive menu of activities, such as barefoot walks, high altitude excursions on the Plan de Corones, rafting on the Aurino stream, yoga, the Stoneman-Trail tour in the Dolomites by mountain bike, or the Historic Walk. along the trenches of the First World War. In the hotel you can relax in the Termesana Spa, with an internal sulphurous thermal spring.

(badmoos.it).

9) From the spa in the mountains to the ferrata delle trenche: in Arabba

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The most exciting ascents take place in Arabba, a Venetian town at 1,602 meters, in the province of Belluno, surrounded by the Dolomites (arabba.it). And it is these stone giants that offer magnificent views along the routes of the via ferrata. For lovers of this sport, the via ferrata delle Trincee is one of the most difficult. It starts from Porta Vescovo and reaches the Padon Pass: 8.3 km long, 5 hours and a half, climb 1,252 meters, descent 429 meters.

After trying your hand at ropes, ropes and carabiners, you can rest at SPORTHOTEL ARABBA VAL DI FASSA . Among Alpine-style environments, the palate is satisfied with traditional specialties. The hotel has a spa and a cellar with 700 wine labels.

(sporthotelarabba.com).

10) Itinerant trekking in Val di Fassa

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For those who love days in constant motion, the network of Dolomiti Walking Hotels has been created in Trentino: 12 structures offering various walking tours. In Val di Fassa the most spectacular high-altitude route is the Dolomiti Panorama Trek, divided into six stages: seven nights, five of which in the mountain huts, while the first and last are spent in one of the Dolomiti Walking Hotels, to which it belongs. the HOTEL RENATO NATURE & WELLNESS in Vigo di Fassa (Tn).

The place provides free bicycles and also offers guided tours, such as the Marmot trail. To recover from sporting efforts, visit the Spa and the restaurant to taste the Fassa specialties.

(hotelrenato.it)

Text by Gianna Testa

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