Small and colourful is what Val Gardena looks like in its full bloom spring, with swathes of crocuses, violets, snowbells covering the land. A couple of weeks later, dense blankets of rhododendrons brighten the feet of the ‘pale mountains’. White and green Alpine poppies reach for the sunshine, rising out of gravel and rubble piles. The summer floral variety is of a touching beauty, with 30 different bellflowers, orchids, tiger and martagon lilies peppering the landscape.
In Val Gardena, to the northwest of the South Tyrolean Dolomites, mountain bikers can expect a vast-ranging network set against a spectacular background. Explore the unique natural landscape of the Dolomites which, according to Reinhold Messner, are ‘the most beautiful mountains in the world’. In this valley there are more than 600 kilometres of routes.