Selva Holidays

Get active in Selva, Val Gardena’s highest village surrounded by the Dolomites

Amazing scenery, jaw-dropping mountain ranges and an endless list of places to explore. They're all part of what makes Selva a truly wonderful place to visit. Whether you choose to relax or immerse yourself in the action, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained. 

What to see on a Selva holiday

Hiking in the mountains is a must when you visit Selva. The wild flower meadows are in full bloom from mid-May to mid-July, so remember to bring your camera. The trails stretch for miles and early birds can enjoy a spectacular sunrise before tucking in to a well-earned breakfast on the mountain. Keep an eye out for marmots in the wild and golden eagles soaring above you. Visit the Wolkenstein Castle to take in some local culture and when it’s time for a break, find a spot in town for aperitivo and relax with a well-deserved Aperol Spritz. 

Discover more things to do in the Dolomites.

Why book a holiday in Selva with Inghams

Having run holidays to Selva for years, we know it inside out. Our great selection of hotels all come with activity cards. Take advantage of the discounts and freebies in the knowledge that your holiday is in safe hands with Inghams.

  • from£569pp
  • 58 rooms
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This historic hotel gives every guests receive a warm Gardena welcome. Elegant surroundings and fantastic leisure facilities enhance your holiday experience and its location in the centre of Selva means you're just 500 metres away from the main Ciampinoi lift.

  • from£581pp
  • 26 rooms
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Superior standards of service and comfort can be expected at this lovely Tyrolean style hotel, which is located directly opposite the Ciampioni lift. If relaxation is on the agenda, a visit to the spa is well worth it before heading to the bar to enjoy a drink.

  • from£612pp
  • 31 rooms
Hotel Mignon, Exterior

This family-run hotel offers friendly hospitality and stylish interiors with comfortable guest rooms, a wonderful restaurant and state-of-the-art spa.

  • from£562pp
  • 30 rooms
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The welcoming Hotel Continental is surrounded by nature and is a great base for many of the stunning walking trails that wind through the Dolomites. The centre of town is just a short walk away and this comfy hotel is a wonderful place to retreat back to in the evenings.

  • from£819pp
  • 23 rooms
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The Denicolo family run ther welcoming Boutique Hotel Pralong - a small, homely hotel just a ten-minute walk from the village centre and the local amenities.

  • from£649pp
  • 18 rooms
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The family-run Rodella is a perfect base for walkers - just 15 minutes from the nearest lift and a free shuttle bus on request. This is an idyllic mountain retreat, complete with a modern wellness area and fantastic local food.

  • from£609pp
  • 32 rooms
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Hotel Somont has been really well maintained and is always being updated - the whole place feels fresh and modern. The comfy rooms have private balconies with panoramic views. The food is fresh, made using local ingredients, so you can look forward to a lovely meal every evening. Our favourite feature is the spa - we love the indoor pool and choice of saunas.

Things To Do

Things to see and do in Selva

Selva is directly below the Sella Massif. You can expect amazing scenery from this unique mountain range and the Gardena Valley. Most people head for the mountains to explore the endless paths and hiking trails. Rent an e-bike to take the strain off the uphill climbs or jump on a lift for a picturesque ride up to the higher peaks. However you get to the top, expect panoramic views that will blow you away.

Back in resort you’ll find plenty of shops, restaurants and bars. Pop along the road to Ortisei to check out the markets. The town’s known for its traditional wood carvings. 

Food & drink 

Whether you’re after an espresso, crisp glass of local wine or a cocktail, there's plenty of great places to choose from, both in resort and on the mountain. The food won’t disappoint either. The typical mountain fare has more Austro-Hungarian influences than it does Italian. Nothing beats rich goulash with dumplings followed by homemade apple strudel after a day exploring the mountains. Although Italian food lovers needn’t worry, it’s easy to stumble upon restaurants serving delicious pizzas, stone baked to perfection.

Activities

Mountain biking in the area is second to none. Selva’s Trail Arena has a number of different runs for all abilities. Experienced riders should head for the freeride trails through the forest and for those after something more gentle the winding routes on the family line are just as fun. Best of all the lifts take you to the top of the runs, so all you need to do is enjoy the ride down.

One of the best things in Selva is the Active programme. It includes Nordic walking tasters, rock climbing for beginners, mountain biking, visits to local stables, cookery lessons and yoga. Most of these activities are free. 

Good to know

  • Get the Val Gardena MobilCard from your hotel to use buses in the area for free!
  • Feeling adventurous? Try the via ferrata circuits: a cross between hiking and climbing with “iron ways” set into the cliff-sides
  • You will find both Italian and German names for towns and streets in the Dolomites. This is due to the enforced Italianisation of South Tyrol under Mussolini’s fascist regime. Today, people of the Dolomites speak Italian, German and a small area speak their own local language: Ladin
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