The best holiday sites Val Gardena in the summer

Selva di Val Gardena

Right under the Sella – a mountain plateau that looks as though it’s holding up the sky – lies the picturesque village of Selva di Val Gardena, known to Ladin-speaking locals as Sëlva. The village is surrounded by the peaks of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here opposites attract, creating a harmony that draws countless visitors to Val Gardena year after year. Innovation meets rural living, sport meets relaxation, excellent infrastructure meets unspoiled meadows and trails. In the summer hiking and biking enthusiasts take over the resort, flocking here to discover the surrounding nature.

Santa Cristina

A place to pause, linger, and come back to. Surrounded by flowery meadows and unusual rock formations, this village is a place where hospitality and a love of tradition come together to make everyone feel welcome. Just shy of 2,000 people call Santa Cristina home, and they’ve been welcoming travellers, sport enthusiasts and families to the town for generations. The famous Sellaronda is wildly popular with cyclists, and during the summer you can explore and enjoy the snowless mountains on two wheels. 


Ortisei is known to local Ladin speakers as Urtijëi. It’s a charming holiday town known for its woodcarvings created for generations by families of artisans in the town. Val Gardena craftsmanship is still booming, with much more than the traditional nativity figurines on offer. The surrounding area will also take your breath away. The Seceda, Picberg, and Raschötzer ridge are just some of the impressive peaks you’ll see around Ortisei.