The first paths and prepared climbing routes (vie ferrate) in the Sarca Valley were opened by the woodsmen who needed to find new areas to farm and trees to fell. Then, in the sixties, the first prepared routes expressly for climbing were completed.
There are around 400 km of routes for mountain bikes in the Sarca Valley area for all levels of fitness. Since 2011 there has also been a full circuit of the valley. Starting from our hotel on your bike there is a hugh range of choices, right up to 2000 m above sea level. You can plan bike excursions for all tastes, including technical routes for downhill enthusiasts.
On request qualified guides are available to help you discover our mountains and find the viewing points that make our area unique.
To take a spin on level ground you can just follow the network of cycle paths that cover the whole Sarca Valley. If anyone should wish to take in a flat land trip of 150 km, they can simply follow the shores of Lake Garda and do a complete lap. If you prefer uphill you can find whatever you like whether for mileage or for altitude. Following our roads provides excellent training and you can enjoy views which are simply incomparable.
This activity consists of descending mountain torrents on foot, with rope descents (operated by Alpine guides), slides and jumps (assuming participants feel like jumping). It all adds up to a load of fun in close contact with an unspoilt nature and the discovery of an unknown world.
The acronym stands for Buildings, Antennas, Spans, Earth and not many people practice this sport. The high risk has meant that many countries have banned it. The ideal height for base jumping ranges from a few hundred metres up to 1700. MONTE BRENTO, providing around 1200 m to jumpers, is one of the easiest and most popular jumps in the world (around 2000 people per year). In Italy the sport is not illegal but it is not officially recognised either.
The network of cycle paths make excellent routes for runners throughout the area. One route passes by our hotel and follows the river Sarca. To the south you come to Lake Garda (about 6 km) where you can then follow the lake shore eastwards (Torbole) or westwards (Riva del Garda), while to the north you come to Dro (about 4 km). For enthusiasts of mountain running or skyrunning the opportunities are even more exciting.
Nordic walking is suitable for everyone and consumes up to 45% more calories than normal walking and involves 600 of the 650 muscles in the human body, providing health benefits to our cardiocircular system and improving posture. Twenty years ago some Finnish cross country athletes began to use ski poles even during their summer training, adopting the alternated step across land without snow. Over the years the equipment has improved considerably and the number of enthusiasts for this new sport has also increased.
Nordic Walking Arco Park: 15 routes for a total of 100 km. Difficulty: blue – easy, red – medium difficulty, black – more difficult. The routes are marked out with special signs along the paths.
For people who love fishing the lower Sarca area has wonderful and varied rivers with fine fish, some quite large. The Sarca is the main river and both its width and water flow and speed can be quite variable.
Limaṛ, a unique route and a wonderful part of the river Sarca which runs through tight gorges, has nothing to envy in more famous American canyons. A real fishing adventure on account of the toughness of the terrain and the incomparable beauty of the place. This area is protected by strict regulations on fishing, allowed exclusively for the use of artificial or fly fishing for just two days a week. From here on the river Sarca winds through various settings such as the wonderful Marocche area, and then runs to the mouth and widens out to provide one of Italy's most lovely spectacles. In this section the river Sarca displays wonderful colours and is home to a range of aquatic birds which feed and nest here. Suitable for various types of fishing the area attracts people from all over Italy for fly fishing.
A special mention is required for Rimone 1° which, in spite of a very variable flow rate and speed due to the use of its waters for hydroelectric purposes, represents an ideal place for people who love to catch large graylings and trout. Here there is a "no kill" zone for fly fishing only. With its many lakes and streams the area can host all types of fishing to catch large and rare examples such as lake trout, rainbow trout, graylings, pike, whitefish and perch.
To fish in the lower Sarca specific permits are required, a government licence is not enough.
Northern Lake Garda is world famous for the wind which blows daily across the upper lake. In particular, in the morning we find the Peler wind which blows from the north while around midday, from the south, the Ora comes up.
Outside the hotel is the cycle path which leads directly to the Lido di Arco beach on Lake Garda. Here you will find a windsurf school where you can also rent equipment. Various alternatives are on offer in nearby Torbole and Riva del Garda.
Once again Lido di Arco beach is home to the Circolo Vela Arco Sailing Club which organises sailing courses and rents out sailing boats.
Among lakeside activities canoeing couldn't be missing. The Circolo Canottieri Canoe Club can be found at the Sabbioni beach in Riva del Garda. Along the lakefront there are various opportunities to rent a canoe and enjoy a good paddle on the smooth waters of Lake Garda (if you prefer to avoid the waves it is advisable to go out in the morning , up to midday).
Three Alpine skiing routes which are not particularly demanding yet have a great features – you arrive at great viewing points (where you can see across a great chunk of the Alpine range), near to comfortable mountain shelters facing the light of sunset.
Tre Cime del Monte Bondone (2180m)
Monte Stivo (2059m)
Monte Altissimo di Nago (2079m)