24 December  –  31 December Adul. Chil.

Surrounding areas worth a visit

The perfect holiday in Venosta Valley, South Tyrol: hiking and biking trips

West of Naturno beneath Juval Castle, at the edge of the Merano and environs holiday region is the small town of Ciardes. In this unique natural and cultural landscape in lower Val Venosta amidst orchards and vineyards is our hiking and biking hotel Sand in Ciardes.
 
Blessed with around 300 days of sunshine a year, with its quaint villages, majestic peaks,

ANCIENT CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS, LOCAL CULINARY DELICACIES AND FRIENDLY PEOPLE, YOU CAN BE SURE THAT YOUR HOLIDAYS IN WESTERN SOUTH TYROL WILL BE AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE - NO MATTER WHICH SEASON YOU DECIDE TO VISIT.



"DISCOVER THE WONDERS OF NATURE.

You will be thrilled by this unique landscape and the Mediterranean flair!
You can find further information on Naturno, Merano and environs here:”
Immediately in front of the hiking and biking hotel Sand in Ciardes, there are numerous hiking and cycling trails taking you to the best places in Val Venosta. To the west is the Stelvio national park and the Senales glacier, to the east there is the holiday region Merano and environs with its enchanting Mediterranean micro-climate and long-standing cultural heritage.
Naturno, Val Venosta with Merano and environs
 
THE TOWN OF NATURNO - ALPINE WELLNESS HOLIDAYS IN MERANO AND ENVIRONS
About three km east of Ciardes is Naturno, the gateway to Val Venosta, just before the wilderness that is Val Senales. Visitors will be amazed at the vitality of the village centre with its shops, boutiques, delicatessens and small coffee houses. Contrasting with the bustling atmosphere in the town centre, Naturno in the holiday district of Merano and environs also lends itself to almost limitless hiking and trekking trips in the total freedom of nature.

Explore Monte Sole in Val Venosta with its barren vegetation. Take a hike through the highlands of the Gruppo del Tessa nature park or perhaps a leisurely bike ride down the old Roman road, the Via Claudia Augusta.
 
HIGHLIGHTS IN THE EVENTS CALENDAR
Among the most important events unfolding during the course of the year are the extreme Ötzi Alpine Marathon Triathlon, the Starlight Cuisine: Night of Lights and the Riesling Days. Culture lovers will be interested to know that amidst the orchards in Naturno there is the Church of San Procolo with its museum annex. The church houses the oldest frescoes in the entire German-speaking world.

Events calendar Castelbello-Ciardes

THE SPA TOWN MERANO
Merano is situated at an altitude of about 330 meters and is known as the pearl of South Tyrol. Protected to the north and to the east by high mountains, this is South Tyrol 's second largest city, blessed with a particularly mild climate which enables cypresses, palm trees and even cacti to grow. Merano, the capital of the Alpine-Mediterranean holiday region surprises visitors with its rich offer of cultural and leisure activities. Contemporary architecture blends harmoniously with the town's old buildings, and modern hotels sit side by side with the beautiful buildings of the Belle Epoque. The Merano Thermal Baths and the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle are also worth visiting.
VEGETATION IN VAL VENOSTA
Travelling east from the city, you arrive at Tel. This marks the geographical border with the Val Venosta region with its flora and fauna exposed to an unusually abundant quantity of sunshine, thanks to the specific local micro-climate. While the vegetation on north-facing slopes of Monte Tramontana is green and lush, the climate on south-facing Monte Sole is relatively dry resulting in sparse vegetation, making it the ideal place for outdoor holiday activities in nature.
 
VAL VENOSTA RAILWAY
Visitors wanting to experience Val Venosta and the region of Merano in one day should take the Val Venosta railway from Merano to Malles, or cycle along the beautiful Adige cycle path from Resia to the spa town of Merano. There is also the combination of “cycle and railway”.


THE BEST PART OF IT:
YOU RECEIVE THE VAL VENOSTA CARD FOR FREE USE OF THE RAILWAY FROM RECEPTION ON ARRIVAL.
Excursions in the region around the Hotel Sand
Outdoor holidays and culture in Val Venosta, South Tyrol
JUVAL CASTLE, ONE OF FIVE MESSNER MOUNTAIN MUSEUMS
A few minutes from our hotel Sand in Ciardes, Val Venosta is Juval Castle, one of five Messner Mountain Museums. From the hotel, the castle can be reached on foot along a scenic canal walkway. In the thirteenth century castle, objects and works of art from Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan are on permanent display. During July and August, the castle doubles as the summer residence of Reinhold Messner.
FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN CULTURE
The romantic town of Glorenza, (the smallest in the Alps, with its seven towers), the imposing Coira Castle (with the largest private armoury in the world) and the Abbazia di Monte Maria, are all well worth visiting. A visit to the medieval Castelbello Castle or the Archeopark in Val Senales (not far from where Ötzi the ice mummy was discovered) are also part of the Val Venosta cultural programme. In the immediate vicinity there are Tyrol Castle, which houses the Museum of History of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano and the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle in Merano.

Hikers and mountain aficionados should not miss out on at least a section of the Merano High Mountain Trail, the Val Venosta High Mountain Trail, enjoying a hike through Val Martello or to the Laghi dei Cirmoli above Ciardes.
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