Merano Holidays

A delightful mix of Italian flair and Tyrolean hospitality

Merano’s a spa town just a few miles south of the Austian boarder, so you get this lovely mix of Austro-Italian-Tyrolean culture and cuisine. The Passirio River flows through the centre of town and the promenades on either side are lined by beautiful buildings, with little cafés and restaurants tucked about the place. You couldn’t ask for better scenery – high in the Dolomite mountains, surrounded by vineyards and orchards, it feels idyllic. The Mediterranean climate and fertile soils produce fantastic wines too – so give the local DOC red wines a try while you’re here. There’s varied terrain for walkers and cyclists of all levels. We love the gentle routes along the flat irrigation channels of the Adige Valley that lead to spectacular cascades. The Venosta valley railway from Merano station is a another nice way to explore this beautiful valley; it’s all free with your 7 day Mobilcard, as are the buses and lifts. In between or after active days in the mountains take relaxing dip in the Merano Terme spa pools – it’s the perfect antidote to aching muscles.

  • from£609pp
  • 45 rooms
Hotel Adria, Exterior

Hotel Adria is known for its excellent service, elegant decor and spectacular food. The hotel is close to centre of Merano too. You can get there in 15 minutes and the walk takes you along the river's edge. There's also an incredible modern spa with an indoor pool and lovely garden views.

  • from£989pp
  • 68 rooms
Hotel Meranerhof, Exterior

Hotel Meranerhof brings back the Belle Époque era and has some of the best scenery in Merano. The establsihed gardens are backed by the peaks of Mutspitze, Hirzer and Tschigat. Enjoy the views from the indoor pool or from the fantastic glass-ceiling restaurant. 

  • from£769pp
  • 50 rooms

The Park Hotel Mignon is one of Merano’s finest hotels. It's got a central location and fantastic gardens that make it feel peaceful and secluded. Enjoy the outdoor pool and spa area or top up your tan on the panoramic roof terrace. When it comes to dining, expect quality food made with some of the finest ingredients in South Tyrol.

  • from£549pp
  • 30 rooms
Hotel Salgart, North Facing Room

Hotel Salgart has a great setting. It's surrounded by orchards and vineyards with panoramic views of the Etch valley. You can reach the centre in around 20 minutes on foot. The hotel's got a modern style with contemporary rooms, indoor and outdoor pools and a fantastic restaurant.

Useful Information
Information about Merano
Resort Code ITMR
Time difference GMT+1
Currency EUR
Latitude 46.662677
Longitude 11.159671
Travel and Transportation
Departure day To Depart from Supplement
Verona Gatwick

Transfer time: approx. 2 hours 15 mins by coach.

Supplements: are based on 7 nights departures.

Self drive is available

Car hire available: Yes

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: No

Resort Ski bus available: No

Things To Do

Merano, Italy offers a wide variety of things that will keep any visitor occupied. The Passirio River which flows through this elegant spa town is flanked by promenades lined with cafés, stylish buildings and parks. Concerts and exhibitions are organised throughout the summer. The thermal park, with 10 outdoor pools and spacious gardens, is state-of-the-art. For more active visitors, the area offers fantastic walking opportunities from strolling to trekking. The new Venosta valley railway from Merano station is a comfortable way to explore this beautiful valley; it's all free with your 7 day Mobilcard, as are the buses and lifts.

  • Merano thermal spa & baths
  • Visit Churburg Castle (Mobilcard Venosta Valley train)
  • Museums & monuments
  • Visit historical Bolzano by train (Mobilcard train)
  • Stroll along the river Passirio
  • Visit Italy’s famous gardens of Castel Trauttmansdorff
  • Shop in via Portici in Merano’s historical centre
  • Visit Dorf Tirol (Mobilcard bus)
  • Cable cars
  • Cycling
  • Museum
  • Tennis
  • Walking
  • Swimming

Merano offers walks of all levels from easy strolls close to the resort to intermediate walks following a network of attractive irrigation channels to advanced high level treks in the high Alps. A walker’s paradise!

Follow Sissy’s way, an interesting and informative walk along a historic path to Trauttmansdorff Castle and Gardens.

The Tappeiner way, is a gentle gradient walk through exotic vegetation with panoramic views across the town and the three surrounding valleys.

By cable-car: Use one of many mountain lifts such as Merano 2000 cable-car, to access a multitude of hiking trails on marked paths or just to admire the spectacular views.

By train: The Venosta valley railway from Merano station opens up walks all along the stunning valley. Marked trails are to and from and between stations.

Water Course Trails (Waalwegs)† | These are flat trails that follow a network of unique watercourses
(ancient irrigation channels) along paths with gentle gradients through apple trees and vineyards and past charming rustic cafés providing unspoiled scenery. A highlight of the walks are the local farms with rustic restaurants and cafés with attractive terraces, offering local specialities such as Speck (smoked bacon), dumplings, apple strudel and locally produced juices and wine. The walks are partially shaded by trees and follow the cool flow of the water – ideal in hot weather. With no severe gradients they are suitable for walkers of all levels.

†Walks including water course trails

3 Valley Walks* | Each walk gives you an impression of each of the three valleys around Merano. You can experience the heart of the South Tyrol with its age old farming culture, apple orchards and the pleasing sight of vineyards skirting the mountain slopes. Enjoy the cooling irrigation channels beneath the dappled shade of the trees. Perhaps you’ll see a mountain chapel, castle ruin or visit a mountain hostelry for refreshments and fine views across the valleys and to the mountains beyond.

* Walks including the three valleys.

Good to know

  • Get the MeranCard to enjoy free public transport and free entry into over 80 museums in South Tyrol!
  • Be sure to visit the medieval Castello Principesco hidden behind Merano’s town hall
  • Merano is known as the “City of Flowers” and hosts a flower festival in the spring to celebrate the city blossoming
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