Holidays in the Dolomites

Step into Europe's most striking mountain range on a summer walking holiday in the Dolomites

The Dolomites are our favourite playground. There's a near limitless number of activities you can do here from walking to cycling, mountain biking, e-biking, mountain climbing, historic tours, farm visits and wine tasting. It's also known for being one of Europe's most beautiful mountain ranges - no wonder it's UNESCO protected. Pack your walking boots and head off to discover some of the best views in the world.

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What to see on a summer holiday in the Dolomites 

A holiday to the Dolomites is all about the views. Head out at sunrise or sunset and you'll be rewarded with some picture-perfect scenes when the jagged mountain tops get a reddish glow. To get the best views, you need to hit the trails. They're easy to access with a great network of lifts taking you to the tops of the mountains. The cycling's fantastic too with rugged trails perfect for mountain bikers or hire an e-bike to help you get up those hills.

One of the best things about a holiday in the Dolomites is filling up on the food and wine. It's one of the best regions in Italy for food, with the most Michelin-starred restaurants and plenty of local specialties. Try speck and the delicious apples that grow here. 

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Why book a Dolomites holiday with Inghams

We know the Dolomites like the back of our hand. We've been selling holidays here for over 85 years so if you're after recommendations for the best restaurants or hidden trails, we can help. We've picked the best resorts with fantastic lift connections so you can be up in the mountain in no time at all. Your Dolomites holiday is in safe hands with Inghams.

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The Puez Odle Natural Park in Selva

Hike in the shadow of Mount Sassolungo, walk along flower-filled meadows or simply sit and enjoy local food and 360 degree views in a mountain hut.

Great for: all walking abilities; family holidays; nature; activities; food & drink

  • from£679pp
Summer Walking in Canazei ©Nicola Angeli

Canazei is the jewel of Val di Fassa and a summer paradise for walking and outdoor activity lovers. Home to the highest plateau in Europe this is a fantastic place for immersing yourself in the dominating Dolomite landscape and the ideal place for families in search for their next outdoor adventure holiday.

Great for: all walking abilities; families; nature; activities

  • from£699pp
Mountain Wildflowers ©Alta Badia, Paola Finali

Corvara is the largest village in Alta Badia and just along the road is Colfosco. Both resorts are at the foot of some of the most famous mountains in the area. You’ll have two national parks to explore while you’re here. It’s perfect for walkers, cyclists, guests who want to relax and active families seeking fun in the outdoors.

Good for: all walking abilities, nature, active holidays, food & drink, families

  • from£819pp
Vineyards & Mountains in Merano

Merano is sheltered by high mountains and surrounded by orchards and vineyards, meaning it has an alpine landscape and Mediterranean climate: the perfect combination for a summer holiday. Walking opportunities are available from the centre of town, or up in the mountains - you'll be spoilt for choice here. 

Best for: All walking abilities, nature, sightseeing, food & drink

  • from£1328pp

Ortisei's a beautiful village in the Italian Dolomites. It's the perfect base for walking, cycling and those who love to explore.

Great for: All walking abilities; nature; activities

  • from£749pp
Fanes-Senes-Pargs Nature Reserve in Kronplatz

Kronplatz has some of the most spectacular scenery in Italy. Whether you're after an active adventure or a relaxing retreat to enjoy nature, this is a great choice for a walking holiday in the summer. 

Good for: all walking abilities, nature, activities, food & drink

  • from£979pp
Dramatic Scenery ©Alta Badia, Freddy Planinschek

Beneath the impressive Lagazuoi Mountain, the sophisticated village of San Cassiano is the ideal starting point for many exciting hikes and climbs. When it comes to food, this is the perfect place to come if you're looking for a gourmet surprise!

Things do in the Dolomites

Holidays to the Dolomites are like nowhere else due to the towering mountains and historical castles poking out of the landscape, some dating back to 1300AD. The public transport and network of lifts means exploring the area couldn't be easier. You can even head to the beautiful city of Bolzano for a day out.

Throughout the year there's always something going on. Expect anything from the traditional markets in Ortisei selling hand crafted goods, to the singing and dancing at the Ladin folk festival in Canazei.   

No matter where you are in the Dolomites, you might be lucky enough to witness a natural phenomenon while on holiday. As the sunsets in the Dolomites, a red glow appears over the mountains peaks, known locally as Enrosadira. Truly a spectacular site. 

Food & drink 

Italy is renowned for amazing food and we know all the best places in the Dolomites. Nearly every resort sells freshly made stone baked pizzas and home-made lasagne with recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. If you want a holiday based around great food, Merano is the place to go. Not only is food grown locally but due to the Mediterranean climate, wine comes from the orchards sat above the Alpine town. San Cassiano is also high on the list for foody resorts and is even home to a Michelin star restaurant.

Its not just restaurants in resort serving up delicious food. All over the Dolomites you'll find mountain huts offering a wide range of dishes. We highly recommend trying local grub such as 'speck', a smoky mouth watering cured meat. A real local classic is their dumplings. Perfectly handcrafted, they are flavoured with a variety of ingredients and served in a rich creamy cheese sauce. For desert the Italians use their links with Austria and serve up a mean apple strudel.

Activities

Throughout the resorts we feature in the Dolomites, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to walking and cycling. Hike up the famous Piz Boe mountain from Corvara or enjoy leisurely walks with stunning views in the Val Gardena valley when staying in Selva. It's here you will also find cycling haven 'Trail Arena'. It has some of the best facilities for anyone on two wheels. Pretty much in all of the resorts you can hire a bike but if your not sure you can cope with the hills, upgrade to an e-bike, we did and it was the best.

If you're looking for a resort with lots of fun activities, we found Kronplatz certainly had loads going on. You can go on a segway tour, play a round of golf, even go rafting or kayaking. However if you want an adrenalin rush, you need to try the Skyscraper! Across many of the resorts is the chance to try a tandem paragliding experience. If you don't mind heights it's a great way to see the area from above and gets some pictures and memories to treasure forever. Head to our resort pages to find out more about each resort.

The Dolomites Holiday FAQs

What walking trails are there in the Dolomites?

The Dolomites offer a variety of walking trails in one of Europe's most stunning UNESCO-protected mountain ranges. Easily accessible by lift, these trails provide breathtaking views, especially at sunrise or sunset when the peaks glow red. Whether you prefer hiking, mountain biking, or enjoying scenic vistas, there's something for everyone. The area is also great for exploring local farms and wine tasting, making it a perfect destination for an adventure-filled holiday.

How can I explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Dolomites ?

To explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Dolomites, you can visit the astonishing peaks within Nature Parks such as Three Peaks, Fanes-Sennes-Braies, Sciliar-Rosengarten, Puez-Odle, and GeoParc Bletterbach. You can choose between self-guided walks, which allow you to explore at your own pace, or opt for our included guided walks led by professional local guides.

Where can I find information on scenic alpine walks in the Dolomites?

You can find information on scenic alpine walks in the Dolomites on our resort pages under the 'walking' tab, or when on your holiday, our in-resort reps can also provide more information on recommended walking routes. For a digital guide, download the free Val Gardena Outdoor app from Google Play or the App Store, which includes several walking routes. If you prefer using paper maps, we recommend Kompass 59 or Kompass 76 for detailed maps of the area.

What are the must-see viewpoints and mountain passes in the Dolomites?

Explore the Dolomites' stunning scenery through key hikes: The Panascharte to Seceda offers an 8km trail with views of the Odle peaks, accessible from Ortisei via cable car. The 7km hike to Pic Mountain from San Cristina rewards with 360-degree vistas. The challenging 17km Round the Sassolungo Group passes iconic rock formations and panoramic highlands. For a unique perspective, the 13km Sass da Ciampac Circumnavigation reveals rugged terrains akin to lunar landscapes.

Are there any guided walking tours available to discover the Dolomite peaks and valleys?

Yes, guided walking tours are available to explore the Dolomite peaks and valleys in Selva, Canazei, and Merano. Each location offers full-day guided walks every Monday and Friday. Canazei provides a variety of trails suitable for all abilities, making it family-friendly. Selva features unlimited walking paths, stunning mountain views, and local cuisine. Merano offers beautiful vistas and natural beauty, ideal for exploring the mountainous region. Head to our Guided Walks page to find out more.

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