This true jewel of the Puster Valley in the heart of the Dolomites, where nature reigns in every season, it is possible to live a new adventure every day.

These beautiful mountains were named a Unesco World Natural Heritage site in 2009. The range is in fact the world’s highest coral reef formed 250 million years ago. The Dolomites now form a striking ring of pale beige and pink rock towers, which arch out of the snow.

The region is filled with peaks, pinnacles and towers, the most famous of which are the Three Peaks of Lavaredo. The Sesto Dolomites offer a labyrinth of mountain trails, which are a treat to behold, either by bike or on foot, with acres of pine forests, picturesque lakes and dramatic alpine vistas at every turn.

Hotel in San Candido - Tre cime di Lavaredo

Whether summer or winter, it is the perfect setting for exploring the town and its surroundings.

Snow in san candido

The Puster Valley offers, to the few who dare venture, an unexpected and spectacular discovery. The unique surroundings fill one with a sense of calm and serenity, whilst breathing in the fresh and healthy mountain air in magnificent and stunning landscapes. The area is spotted with magnificent mountain lakes, and like the rest of this virtually unknown valley, the heavenly Lake Braies is quite breathtaking. An intoxicating blend of mountains, water and acres of green forests.

Whether it be climbing a peak, a walk in the magnificent Fiscalina valley in Sesto, the unique colours of lake Braies, the imposing Three Peaks of Lavaredo, the alms, the blooming terraces; all prove that the Dolomites truly are unlike any mountains on earth and deserve the UNESCO declaration of Natural World Heritage Site.

The cycling trail San Candido to Lienz is the perfect route for families( 45 km almost all downhill) with rest stops along the way. The Val Pusteria train will bring you back home. Beginners or professionals have a variety of mountain bike trails they can enjoy, choosing from all levels and distances.

The Alta Pusteria has many modern cable ways. The Helm – Monte Elmo cable cars in Sexten – Sesto and Vierschach – Versciaco, theRotwand – Croda Rossa cable car near the Valley Fiscalina and the Haunold – Baranci cable car in Innichen – San Candido, comfortably transport guests up the mountains both in summer and in winter. From the Baranci cable way one can experience the thrill of the Funbob.

History, culture and spirituality: not only sport in South Tyrol

Six stages of the Way of St. James pass through this valley and allow one to discover the character and culture of this beautiful countryside. The route starts in Prato Drava/Winnebach and reaches the Abbey of Novacella.

Many bloody battles of the 1st World War were fought in the mountains of Sesto. Much of the testimony left has by now been destroyed by the changing seasons, the snow and the ravages of time. Walkers in the Sesto/Sexten Dolomites encounter traces of the First World War at every turn. There are remains of wooden huts and shacks, rusty barbed wire and tin cans strewn everywhere.

Water plays a vital role in this valley and is present in all it’s forms, be it lakes, rivers, streams, springs and falls. The curative effects of the Waters of Innichen San Candido were known as far back as Roman times. The springs were a place of worship and demonstrate the importance of water in this area both now and in the past.

San Candido Lake

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San Candido, the Dolomites, Val Pusteria and Alto Adige in Italy