La Val - hiking village
The Ladin alpine village in the South Tyrolean Dolomites, UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Intact natural and cultural landscape
- The Armentara and Rit meadows in the Fanes - Sennes - Braies Nature Park
- Tru di Pra: certified long-distance hiking trail
Step by step across serene mountain meadows into the majestic world of the Dolomites - Vare pur vare sön pra da munt tl monn imponёnt dles Dolomites.
The Ladin village of La Val located at 1,348 m above sea level in the Dolomites in South Tyrol reveals to the attentive hiker the unique and spectacular beauty of the Dolomites in the background, the well-managed Alpine meadows with their hay barns dating from the La Tène period; the traditional farmsteads called “Viles” and the ancient buildings in “old La Val”, witnessing a centuries-old history.
The spectacular and peaceful surroundings, framed by an impressive number of hiking trails, from easy walks to challenging climbing tours; mystical places and impressive mountain scenery, make La Val a popular destination for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Since 2015 La Val has been the first certified hiking destination in South Tyrol and is a precursor of the “European Hiking Villages” project.
La Val from spring to autumn
The Armentara pastures, with their wealth of orchid varieties, spruce trees, larch meadows, arrolla pine forests and more than 60 species of birds, spread out at the foot of Sas dla Crusc/Santa Croce mountain group in the Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park.
It is a scenario like a botanical garden, a garden which was created over the last millennium by human husbandry. From late spring to autumn, this biodiversity enchants hikers from all over the world.
Not far away lie the Rit pastures and on the opposite side of the valley the Chi Jus Alpine meadows stretch out.
Tru de Paisc: Hike through the village life of La Val
During this hike you can experience the art and culture of La Val. The easy walk in and around the village, which will take approx. 40 minutes, will also inspire you when planning your further hikes.
Roda dles Viles: Excursion to the Ladin mountain farms
This circular route leads through mountain pastures to the typical Ladin settlements - the "Viles" - where old farmsteads (e.g. in Gothic architectural style) are located. During the weekly guided hike, you will learn all about mountain agriculture. On this circuit you will also find two farmhouse-restaurants where you can sample typical local dishes. Walking time about 2.5 hours.
Tru di Pra: Over the Ritwiesen to Ciamplorët in the enchanted world of the Armentara meadows.
As soon as you have left the starting point you will understand why La Val is also named the mountain meadow village. Beautifully maintained meadows stretch out as far as the eye can see: A man-made countryside from 1,300 to over 2,000 meters above sea level. Once created through the conscientious handiwork of our farming ancestors, it’s still managed, with the help of machinery of course, but also that of the livestock farms. The higher you go, the richer in species the meadows become, from the grasslands on the Rit meadows to the marshy areas and the larch meadows in the Armentara area.
Beautiful viewpoints, information huts, designated sunbathing areas, a sulphur spring with therapeutic waters in Al Bagn and refreshment stops characterise this trail. If you want to divide the approx. 27 km hiking trail into several stages, you can shorten it wherever you wish. Our hikers’ shuttle service is on hand to transport you back.
La Val in Winter
Even in winter La Val offers a variety of holiday options for the whole family.
Skiing: La Val is centrally located for the two largest ski areas in South Tyrol. A ski bus connects it to the Alta Badia skiing area and to the Sellaronda while the Plan de Corones skiing area is only a short drive away. From Plan de Corones you can reach San Candido in a 30 minute journey by train.
Winter hiking: If you are looking for peace, nature and picture-perfect landscapes, then La Val is the right place for you. 30 km of winter hiking trails and 74 km of snowshoe routes run through idyllic Dolomite landscapes.
Cross-country skiing: The Armentara cross-country skiing area, at the foot of the mighty Sas dla Crusc/Santa Croce mountain at 1,900 meters above sea level, can be reached in 20 minutes on foot from the parking area just outside the village centre of La Val, in the hamlet of Furnacia. Three trails (3, 4 and 5 km) of medium difficulty, embedded in a fairy-tale landscape, are on offer. At the Ranch de André hut there is a refreshment stop serving local dishes.
Tobogganing: There’s plenty of lively activity at the tobogganing club La Val. The winding toboggan runs in La Val are of course also ideal for fun sledding. Whether tobogganing in the moonlight or a classic day trip, winding your way downhill, anything is possible!
Festivals and traditions
By participating in the numerous festivals and events throughout the year, you will be able to see that traditions are alive and well in La Val:
• Hiking marathon Tru di Pra