At the head of the splendid Gardena valley, Selva is located beneath the jagged peaks of this most spectacular part of the Dolomites, a particularly beautiful Alpine mountain chain in the Süd Tyrol region of northern of Italy.
Selva di Val Gardena (to give it its full name in Italian) is also known as Wolkenstein in Gröden in German or simply Selva in the popular local Ladin language, with all three linguistic cultures intermingling to create a fascinating fusion of human life.
We have a good selection of hotels in Selva and a range of activities for guests, especially for walkers who take gentle rambles along lush river valleys as well as more invigorating high altitude ridge treks accessed by an extensive lift system.
Resort Code: ITSV
Languages spoken: English/Italian
Time difference: GMT+1
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Transfer Approx. 2hrs 30mins 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
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Shores of Lake Garda £37, full day
Visit Riva and Malcesine on Lake Garda’s dramatic northern shore. Optional boat trip.
Merano and Lake Caldaro £32, ¾ day
Beautiful and sophisticated Merano. The Trautmannsdorf gardens are a highlight.
Classic Venice £66, full day
Venice needs no introduction and being there is a unique experience. We take a motor launch to St. Mark’s Square and from there explore the waterways, bridges and islands of Venice. There is plenty of time to take a romantic gondola ride along the Grand Canal.
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Things to do in and around Selva
The Selva Active programme includes Nordic walking tasters and excursions amongst its many walking activities, plus rock climbing for beginners, mountain biking, visits to local stables, cookery lessons and yoga. Most of these activities are free. A network of trails leads from the village, and you can visit Ortisei, 9 km away, by rambling along the old railway line, or by bus. Buses also go further to Brixen or Bolzano, and our excursions travel as far afield as Lake Garda and Venice.
Walking in Selva 1,560-2,518m
Selva is a mecca for walkers of all levels, from easy strolls close to the villages to challenging high-level treks in the Dolomites. Serious walkers may purchase the Val Gardena card (included with most hotels) which gives unlimited of use local public transport and lifts.
Independent walking: Your representatives can suggest many walks. Excellent walking maps are available locally. Here are some suggestions:
Guided Tourist Board walks: Through the Selva & Ortisei Active programmes, casual walkers can enjoy a full programme of guided walks. They are free to Inghams guests in all hotels. There is something every day, including Sunrise Walks, Sunset Walks, Nature Rambles, walks in the Puez-Odle National Park, Alpine meadow explorations.
The Selva Active programme offers many other activities: mountain biking, cookery lessons, Nordic walking tasters and excursions, visits to local stables, rock climbing for beginners, Yoga etc. Usually free. Pick up a booklet in resort.
Inghams Guided Wanderwalks
Via Crucis & Vallunga Valley | Easy | 1¼ hrs (approx) |
From Selva we walk an initial uphill path towards the village of Daunei from where we join the Via Crucis (or Station of the Crosses). From here enjoy a beautiful view of Selva from above and the surrounding mountains. The path will gently take us below before continuing onto the beautiful Vallunga Valley with its picturesque San Sylvester’s Chapel. Free
Cortina & WW1 Trenches | Moderate | Full day |
A wonderful day out in Cortina and the Cinque Torri area. Firstly we visit Cortina with its charming centre and then travel by coach to the Cinque Torri area and take the chairlift (pay locally) to the feet of these beautiful Dolomite towers. After lunch we walk through the WW1 trenches to discover the events of the war in this part of Italy. £40
Bindelweg walk & 4 valley's | Slightly Challenging | Full day |
Enjoy the gentle descent through the beautiful Sotto Guda gorge with its cascading waterfalls. See the majestic big peaks of the Dolomites such as the Civetta, Pelmo, Sasslong Group and the Marmolada glacier. If you don’t fancy the walk – take the cable-car up to the top of the Pordoi Pass and enjoy the scenery before rejoining the walkers by coach at Lake Fedaia via Canazei. £37
Please note: Walks are available on a first come first served basis and also subject to weather conditions. Please register with your Rep on arrival.