The Dolomites: a name that stands for a very special area for many travellers. This mountain range offers a delightful mix of the Alps and the Mediterranean lifestyle. In the northern provinces of Italy (South Tyrol and Trentino) alpine traditions, the breezy Mediterranean way of life, cultural diversity and the mountains blend into a wonderful mix.
UNESCO placed the Dolomites on the World Heritage List. And the diversity of outdoor activities and delectable cuisine makes this one of the most exciting areas of Europe. It’s perfect for touring around, either on foot or by bike. Though the latter is a real challenge…
The Dolomites are remnants of petrified algae and coral reefs that grew in a warm-water sea many centuries ago. When the water level dropped, the reefs were exposed. Their light grey colour has earned them the nickname ‘the pale mountains’. Researchers discovered in 1788 that that’s because the rocks are made up of lime stone full of magnesium.
The names of the Alps and the Dolomites are constantly mixed up, but officially the Dolomites are the southern Alps, so that’s not strange. A region with such a unique character deserves a mountain range with its own name, especially if they are that impressive.
The Dolomites are amongst the steepest mountains in the world, and many believe they are some of the most beautiful as well. They were once upon a time a seabed, so that’s why they have such a unique colour.
South Tyrol offers about 300 days of sun, the Dolomites and all the pleasures of Italian alpine life.