Canazei, Italy is in the heart of the Dolomites and the perfect base to explore the vast unesco protected area without snow. The Marmolada Glacier is 15 minutes by car away and the Via Ferrata at the doorstep. Exploring the seemingly unlimited walking tracks and biking tracks will leave you breathless. The views will leave you speechless. A breeding ground for world champion para gliders and extreme sports fanatics.
Taking a guided tour enables you to really appreciate the rich history, folklore and romance that coves the area like the wildflowers.
Bansko, Bulgaria is nestled in the Razlog basin surrounded by the Pirin, Rila and Rhodope mountain ranges. This untouched secret is home to The Flying Scotsman, a 22km downhill run. Arguably the longest in Europe. Piste and Peaks mountain guides will take you from the top at 2300m down to the pool bar at 850m.
The hiking is extensive with many lakes and refuges to visit. Wolves and bears still dwell in these majestic national parks.
In Italy you can take a day trip to lake Garda or stay in Venice before you leave. The Streda Del Vino or Wine Road starts in Riva del Garda and ends in Ora where the mini coach climbs out of the valley, up to Val De Fassa and the chalet. Bolzano is home to Ortsi the cave man frozen in a glacier, found with an arrow in his back.
Bansko is 2.5 hours away from the beaches of Kavala, Greece and if the summer storms arrive a great option for sun and snorkeling.
The wine pyramids of Melnik are a popular distraction too.
Day trips to Borrovets and Velika Tournevo are also an option for extreme downhill or sightseeing.
Horse riding, ATV’s and ultra light flights are popular alternatives to hiking and biking here.
Bulgarian food is a mix of Greek, Turkish and Serbian influenced by the Bulgarian culture and love of the outdoors. In other words BBQ’s, salads with lashings of soft white cheese (sirene) and watermelons chilled in the mountain stream. Washed down with Rakia, the local fire water or Mastika.