The Dolomites – an Alpine holiday for nature lovers
The Dolomites is Italy's largest and most dramatic mountain range. If you love both activity and nature, we are talking about a paradise for everything from cycling and climbing to alpine skiing and air sports.
The mountain range is famous for its high and sharp peaks. The landscape spans three different Italian regions and is truly unique. Perhaps it's no wonder that future astronauts are sent to the Dolomites to be trained in geology...
In the Dolomites, both German and Italian are spoken, and the villages are very reminiscent of the Austrian Alpine towns where the sound of cow bells ring from the mountains. The mountain range was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009, and is estimated to be over 200 million years old. According to geologists, it started as a coral reef, before the mountain massif was compressed into today's Alpine landscape.
The Dolomites are a year-round destination for all types of holidays and activities. Here, you get both long ski runs that continue across national borders and great hikes that can be as long or short as you wish. The mountain area straddles three different Italian regions - Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige / South Tyrol and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. In what is officially considered the Dolomites, the Italians have found room for no less than eight different national parks.
Find exclusive partner offers: Family trip to the Dolomites? Book an apartment from Interhome.
Active holidays are more popular than ever. The idea is to do more when you are on holiday than simply relax. You should experience things and challenge yourself. For that kind of holiday, the Dolomites are a major draw.
In the summer you can climb via ferratas, hike from cabin to cabin, test out mountain bike trails, or leap off a mountain top with a paraglider. There are many different activity providers. If you want to have everything in one place, Dolomiti Superski offers fantastic action in both winter and summer. The resort is massive and is suitable for everyone who enjoys exploring and experiencing nature, including the little ones, of course.
Zipline, climbing courses, cable car and both easy and demanding hiking routes – whatever you are looking for, you will find this in these beautiful mountains. If you're interested in mountain biking, you've come to the right place. With over 120 lifts, 400 kilometres of bike paths, and over 24,000 metres of downhill skiing - the winter wonderland that is the Dolomites transforms into an Italian mountain biking paradise in summer.
The world's largest ski area
The Dolomites are steep and tall and have 18 peaks that rise to a height above 3,000 metres, so it's naturally a popular paradise for skiers. In fact, it's the world's largest. Dolomiti Superski offers more lifts and resorts than any other. Here, you will find 16 different ski resorts and 450 lifts with well over 1,200 kilometres of runs prepared daily. It is like Chamonix times six. There is a slope for everyone - from easy beginner runs to expert pistes as well as off-piste opportunities for those 'born with skis on their feet'.
In addition to spectacular scenery, the area also offers unique Italian food experiences. What makes the Dolomites one of the foremost Alpine destinations in Europe is the high quality of accommodation and food on offer. The area offers a variety of Michelin-starred restaurants, as well as good and simple traditional food. The wine is never far away, and is best be enjoyed in the sunshine, or after a good day full of activities. As mentioned, the area extends over several Italian regions - each of which has its own culinary traditions. These merge into a very special food culture, with many common references.
Find exclusive partner offers: Enjoy an all inclusive chalet in the Dolomites with your friends. Book now at CateredSkiChalets.
Spas and wellness
In line with the ever-increasing demand for active holidays, the largest ski destinations in recent years have become very good at expanding their offerings from just slope skiing to experiences that can most everyone can enjoy. Whether you've worn yourself out on the ski slopes, or spent the day at an après-ski place, there's nothing wrong with a little pampering at a spa – especially in such formidable surroundings. If you want to treat yourself to a little extra luxury and wellness, the spa at the 5-star boutique Hotel Miramonti is the right place to be.
A quaint family-run hotel
There are endless accommodation options in the area. Here, you get everything from hostels to 5-star resort hotels, all delivering what they promise. We came across a lovely, family-run hotel located in the heart of the Dolomites. Spectacular surroundings, friendly hosts and delicious food characterise Hotel Hubertus. The hotel also accepts dogs and has separate tours for both the two and the four-legged. Here, you get a lot for your money.
Find exclusive partner offers: Stay at a Falkensteiner hotel on your winter holiday in the Dolomites.
The 4-star hotel is located in Val Pusteria, in South Tyrol, and is built in balance with nature. A beautiful sky pool merges with the surroundings and does not compromise the views offered. The hotel has a lovely wellness centre - Alpenreych Spa, which offers a variety of treatments, several pools, impressive saunas, and fitness facilities overlooking the Alps. When it comes to the menu, the hotel focuses on mixing traditional South Tyrolean flavours with light Mediterranean delicacies. The hotel offers a buffet breakfast and 5 and 6-course dinner options. The wine cellar houses over 300 different wines.
The hotel facilitates activities in both summer and in winter. The location makes it easy to get to the mountains. The hotel has guided tours, with 15 different hiking trails to choose from. Hiking, mountain biking and electric biking are also on the program. In addition, you can sign up for everything from yoga and exercise classes to bread baking and wine tasting. The golf course is also not far away.
Offers from Alps Resort
Book a trip to the alps
Choose your personal holiday home from 30+ ALPS RESORTS in Tyrol, Salzburg, Styria, Carinthia or Bavaria.