Six sun-kissed villages
Alta Badia, a picturesque valley framed 360° by some of the most famous peaks in the Dolomites, offers modern style and excellent tourist infrastructures. But despite all this, Alta Badia has preserved its own identity. The Ladin language, the culture and the natural and cultural heritage are a source of joy and pride.
Corvara, a village for everyone, located in a sunny basin at 1,568m above sea level and surrounded by imposing Dolomite peaks. Both in winter and in summer, it is the perfect place for those who want to be on the Sellaronda. The village at the bottom of the Sassongher has a long tradition as a holiday resort. Already in the 18th century, the first mountaineers discovered its mountains. It was mainly geologists and natural scientists from Great Britain who were interested in the unique landscape and composition of the Dolomites.
In the 1930s, winter tourism began, which became more and more important over the years. Today Corvara is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Alps. Its central location in the Dolomiti Superski carousel and direct access to the Sellaronda as well as the World War One circuit excursion make Corvara a sought-after destination for skiers from all over the world.
Modern hotel and entertainment facilities round off the touristic offer. The lodgings range from 5 stars hotels to comfortable family-run guesthouses, bed & breakfast homes and holiday apartments. There is a choice for every taste and budget.
Colfosco is the second village in Alta Badia, besides Corvara, that lies directly on the Sellaronda. At an altitude of 1,645 m above sea level, on the edge of the Puez-Odle Nature Park, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage of the Dolomites, it is the highest village in the valley. The tranquil village offers countless possibilities for a relaxing yet active holiday. Holidaymakers who come to Colfosco for the first time will be thrilled by the enchanting views. The view sweeps from the imposing Sella massif to the Sassongher.
From 5-star hotels to guesthouses, bed and breakfasts and holiday flats: In Colfosco you will find a wide range of accommodation in all price categories, all offering a high standard of quality and comfort.
La Villa is located at 1,433 metres above sea level, in the centre of Alta Badia, where high-quality tourist establishments welcome visitors. The Puez-Odle and Fanes-Sennes-Braies nature parks, which are part of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage, surround the village and make it one of the most popular destinations for leisure and nature lovers.
Among ski fans, La Villa is known for the Gran Risa slope. Every year, the demanding, black piste hosts World Cup races with the best skiers in the world. Of course, skiers also appreciate the connection from the Piz La Ila cable car to the ski area on the plateau between La Villa, San Cassiano and Corvara and the connection towards the La Crusc/Santa Croce ski area. You can expect perfectly groomed slopes and fantastic views. Not to forget the inviting huts that will spoil you with their delicacies.
Also in summer, La Villa is in the heart of all sports lovers. It is the starting point of the famous Maratona dles Dolomites cycling marathon.
San Cassiano is located at an altitude of 1537 m above sea level. The small village at the foot of the Lavarela and Conturines mountains in the Fanes-Senes-Braies nature park, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Dolomites, is a welcoming town with international flair. Here you will find luxury hotels and restaurants as well as small family-run hotels, bed and breakfasts, farm holidays and apartment rentals. For those who want to spend their holidays completely in the midst of nature, there is also a camping site offering every comfort.
Visitors particularly appreciate the pedestrian zone in the village centre with bars, restaurants and shops to suit all tastes.
Skiers staying in San Cassiano have access to the Alta Badia ski circuit to the Piz Sorega cable car. Those who are looking for alternatives to alpine skiing will find interesting offers in San Cassiano, such as the Armentarola cross-country skiing centre, the "Trù dla liösa Foram" sledging run and a large number of winter hiking and snowshoeing trails.
In summer, starting from San Cassiano, you will have the choice of kilometres and kilometres of walks and excursions, from the easy and relaxing ones, also suitable for families, to the more demanding treks such as the excursions to Mount Lagazuoi or Setsass.
Badia, 1,324 m above sea level, is a peaceful place that has preserved its rural character almost intact. Evidence of this can be seen in the "viles", the characteristic rural dwellings of Val Badia and the traditional customs and traditions that are still felt and experienced by the local people.
Just above the village is one of the most popular photo motifs in the Dolomites. The La Crusc/Santa Croce pilgrimage church with the mountain's same name. This is also where the La Crusc/Santa Croce ski area is located, a popular meeting point for skiers of all ages. Moreover, the ski connection with the Alta Badia carousel is fast and convenient thanks to the Pradüc and Sponata chairlifts.
In summer, thanks to the lush natural landscape, Badia is the ideal place for a relaxing and at the same time active family holiday.
If you want to spend your holidays in Badia you have a wide choice of infrastructures with hotels and restaurants that will delight you with delicious traditional dishes as well as international specialities.
La Val, lying at 1,348 metres above sea level, is an alpine reality of imposing beauty. The peaks of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage, are the perfect backdrop for a rural landscape of lovingly tended meadows, old barns, farmhouses, gardens and the characteristic "viles".
As La Val is not directly on the slopes, you can reach the Alta Badia ski carousel by ski bus. If you are looking for a winter in the open air and in close contact with nature even without skiing, in La Val you will find various options.
An extensive network of winter hiking trails leads through spectacular and peaceful landscapes, as does the cross-country skiing at the Armentara area and the La Val - Rit toboggan run.
From spring to autumn, the La Val area offers an immense botanical garden with dense woods, spruce and larch trees and a great variety of Alpine flowers, including many orchid varieties. Here, the attentive hiker can discover many of Mother Nature's little secrets up close.
Since 2015, La Val has been the first certified hiking destination in South Tyrol and a forerunner of the European Hiking Villages project.