The Pyrenees and the Alps in Europe offer many options to enjoy the snow season. Sport, nature and heritage blend into the other attractive destinations chosen for this selection.
The Val D’Aran – Spain
Salardu, Unha and Bagergue, three of the most beautiful towns of the Val D’Aran, are united, from old, by two arteries: the Unhola river, which flows into the Garonne, and Cami Reiau, a medieval road that crosses the territory aranes, today is a hiking tour. A road connects the three villas in a few minutes and provides insight on the same day the typical cuisine, the architectura and local traditions and valuable Romanesque art. The churches of Santa Euralia of Unha and Sant Andreu in Salardu, are two of the best examples of Romanesque art. In winter, the nearby ski resort of Baqueira Beret offer the posibility to practice winter sports.
It is located at 180 kilometers from the Spanish city of Lleida, can be reached by train (www.renfe.es). The more flexible transport to travel to Val D’Aran is the car, there are the posibility to rent a car. (www.torismearan.org)
The majestic beauty of Tyrol – Austria
The grandeur of the mountains and the charm of the Tyrolean villages paint a picture postcard. Innsbruck, delicious and monumental capital of Tirol, is the starting point for exploring the valleys of this Alpine region that meets ski resorts, tiny villages, churches and wooden farms. Highlights include the Pitztal Valley, with its glaciers; the Otz, with crystal clear lagoons; and Kitzbuhel, surrounded by some of the most famous ski resorts in the Alps. The town of Kitzbuhel, ski pioneer, offers a wide range of facilities and services. Retains a medieval center where is the church of Santa Catalina fifteenth century and the Plfleghot Tower, with an ethnographic museum.
Several trains run through the region, there cableways amounting to the peaks. The Tirol Snow Card offers discounts on ski areas. www.kitzbuehel.com www.tirol.at
Tour of the Haute-Savoie
The most attractive ski destinations in the Western Alps are located in the French Savoie, at the foot of the mythical Mont Blanc. In winter, valleys and hillsides of this enclave of the Rhone-Alpes region are filled with skiers who enjoy the descent tracks, while others admire the view from the cable car to the Aiguille du Midi, with 3842 meters, is the highest in Europe. You can visit Chamonix, the historic capital of mountaineering and other renowned ski area, Val d’Isere, whose stone houses around the church of Saint Bernard. The visit can be concluded in the National Park of La Vanoise, perfect for hiking with snowshoes to lakes place.
Annecy Airport is at 106 km from Chamonix, another gateway is Geneva (Switzerland), 80 km, with more frequent flights. www.savoie-mont-blanc.com www.chamonic.com www.valdisere.com
Sheltered by the unique Dolomites – Italy
The Italian Alps show their more fanciful side in the rocky masses of the Dolomites. Bolzano is the main access to visit this massif, famous for the pink hue acquired the twilight and the numerous activities in contact with nature it offers. Bolzano has its historical core in Piazza Walther, surrounded by baroque palaces and union arcaded streets. From Bolzano panoramic roads that cross the region arise. The A22 ascends the valley Isarco, with villages of traditional architecture. This road ends at Bressano, another town in medieval streets that surround the cathedral.
Bolzano has airport, although there are more flights to Verona, a distance of 154 km. From Bolzano departure buses to the towns and ski resorts of the region. www.dolomiti.it www.bolzano-bozen.it