Exploring the Dolomites: The Ultimate Guide to San Candido

San Candido, a small town nestled in the heart of the Dolomites, is an idyllic destination for adventurers seeking natural beauty, history, and culture. With stunning peaks, charming streets, and a rich history, San Candido is a gem of the Italian Alps. In this ultimate guide, we’ll take you on a journey to explore this beautiful town, the surrounding mountains, and everything that makes San Candido an unforgettable experience.

Getting There

Dolomites and San Candido - how to get there.

San Candido is located in the northeast of Italy, close to the Austrian border. The closest airport is in Bolzano, about 90 minutes away by car. Alternatively, you can fly into Innsbruck, Austria, which is about 2 hours away by car. Once you arrive, you can easily get around San Candido on foot, bike, or car.

Things To Do

Dolomites and San Candido - beautiful landscapes.

San Candido offers a variety of activities for visitors year-round. Here are some of our favorites:

Hiking: San Candido is the perfect base for exploring the Dolomites on foot. There are countless hiking trails to choose from, ranging from easy walks to challenging treks. Some of the most popular trails include the Three Peaks Loop, the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, and the Prato Piazza.

Skiing: San Candido is also a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts. The town is connected to the Ski Area Alta Pusteria, which offers 100 kilometers of slopes for skiers and snowboarders of all levels.

Cycling: The Dolomites are also a cyclist’s paradise, and San Candido is no exception. There are several cycling routes to choose from, including the San Candido to Lienz route, which takes you through stunning Alpine scenery.

Culture: San Candido has a rich history and a vibrant cultural scene. Don’t miss the chance to visit the 700-year-old Hotel Orso Grigio, which offers an exclusive and intimate ambiance, exquisite design, and comfortable amenities including fine dining and a sauna. Other must-see attractions include the San Candido Parish Church and the South Tyrol Museum of Folk Art.

Dolomites and San Candido - where to stay.

Where To Stay

Hotel Orso Grigio: This boutique hotel offers an exclusive and intimate ambiance, exquisite design, and comfortable amenities including fine dining and a sauna. With only 28 rooms, it’s the perfect place to escape the crowds and enjoy a personalized experience. Read our post about Hotel Orso Grigio HERE.

In conclusion, San Candido is a must-visit destination for anyone seeking natural beauty, adventure, and culture in the heart of the Dolomites. With its stunning peaks, charming streets, and rich history, San Candido is a gem of the Italian Alps. Whether you’re interested in hiking, skiing, cycling, or exploring the local culture, San Candido has something to offer for everyone. And with a variety of dining options and accommodations like the Hotel Orso Grigio, you can experience the best of San Candido in style and comfort. So pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable adventure in the Dolomites.

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