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.