I just got home from a press trip to South Tyrol, it was my first time visiting this region and it was like a dream! In this post I’m giving you 5 reasons to book your next winter holiday to South Tyrol.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
South Tyrol, better known as the Dolomites, is truly a masterpiece of nature. No wonder that it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site! We’ve stayed at Seiser Alm and had the pleasure of exploring Alpe Di Siusi and Val Gardena. On both areas you have 360 views over the mountains which will leave you speechless…
More than just skiing
The first thing I think about when I go on a winter holiday is skiing (or snowboarding). South Tyrol is also perfect for lovers of snowshoe hiking, ice skating, sledging, ice climbing and cross-country skiing. Jeroen and I tried cross-country skiing for the first time and it’s definitely more challenging than it looks. In South Tyrol the cross-country network has a total of 1800 km, you won’t be bored!
We’ve went skiing at both Alpe di Siusi and Val Gardena. Our hotel (sporthotel Sonne) was located on the slopes of Alpe di Siusi. This ski area has shorter and easier slopes, perfect for families or beginners. Val Gardena, which is easily accessible from Seiser Alm, has longer and steeper slopes. Both areas were not too crowded even though it was quite busy at the time we went. Both areas together have 60km of slopes, let the fun begin!
The thing I love the most about Italy in general is the food. I mean, who doesn’t? Having great food on the slopes is not something you can find everywhere… Thanks to the mild climate, South Tyrol has some outstanding local specialties such as wine, apples and smoked ham. A lot of the restaurants work with meat and vegetables from their own farm and make their own cheese. I also liked that it wasn’t a problem to eat healthy/vegetarian. This is often a struggle when I travel so I always appreciate it when it isn’t.
If you’re in need to rest and come back from your trip as a new person, I’d highly recommend booking a wellness hotel. As I said before we stayed at Sporthotel Sonne, which has a spa included. Hitting the sauna after a day of skiing feels so good. We also went to the spa of Adler Mountain Resort (picture above) and the view from the infinity pool was insane!
With 300 days of sunshine, you’re chances of having great weather during your holidays are high, and don’t we all love to après-ski outside in the sun? 😉
More information can be found on the website of South Tyrol.