A safe and undisturbed haven for the solo woman

 

The mountain town of San Candido is the perfect base camp for a solo woman to conquer the imposing UNESCO Dolomites or the soft green valleys that lie at their feet. What better way is there to savor the beauty, the silence and the fragrance of all that surrounds you? What time to leave, when to stop, left or right? Only a map, the weather and yourself to decide.
I walk these mountains on my own and have never had a moment of angst or loneliness. I desire only to open my arms and embrace the spectacular scenery I encounter at every turn of the way.

san candido

Walking or hiking all year round

Choose a short, leisurely walk along the emerald green meadows to find a mountain lake, or a challenging trek to reach a towering peak amidst a lunar landscape. Every day and every path will lead to a breathless encounter. Strenuous climbs can be conquered by using the various cable cars or gondolas. Wherever you decide to walk make a point of stopping in one of the many mountain huts dotted along the way and enjoy the best local fare. Bring a book and lie in a meadow or beside a stream, or just look up at the never ending sky.

green highland

You are sure to meet other hikers along your way and may land up forming friendships that last for years. Don’t let the season discourage you. In Winter the paths are in perfect order, be it for walking or cross-country skiing. In Spring the valleys are filled with wild flowers and herbs, and in Autumn the golden and copper colours are stunning. In Summer you can hire a bike and pedal to your heart’s delight, or follow a stream and stop for some Kneipp therapy in crystal clear waters.

magical winter wonderland

Your home away from home

Choose a family run, small boutique hotel and you will feel pampered to your every whim. Soon you will feel as part of your host family and they will feel honored to help make your stay as pleasant and interesting as possible. All buffet breakfast are filled with milk, butter, cheese, yogurts and jams from the nearby farms, and a variety of homemade breads and cakes. If you decide on a bed and breakfast option you can try a new restaurant every night, the choice is assorted and numerous. This area is known for having the most Michelin-starred restaurants so after a strenuous walk, maybe a prize is forthcoming.

Feeling pampered

Feeling lazy

Hop on a bus no matter the direction. You will not know which way to look. Get off if something attracts you and catch the next one as they run very often. Visit one of the larger towns if the silence of nature gets too much for you. This is a very historic area with no lack of museums so you can get your fill of knowledge between or while you are hiking.The train system is also very efficient. So to get here or to move around you definitely do not need a car.

Towering peaks

Anna Moggia is Owner of Boutique Hotel Zenana.

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  1. Emma says:

    I guess that in Spring the place will be amazing
    A good way to be alone and be at peace with oneself for a moment
    I love and share this place :-)

  2. Anna, you make me want to hop on a plane and come right over to the Dolomites!
    I wanted to tell you also that I feel rail travel – especially on really nice trains – is a wonderful way for solo women or men to travel because you feel included and cared for in a safe environment.

  3. Kirstie says:

    Looks like an amazing place! The photos are gorgeous, and any mention of boutique hotels always gets me excited to visit! But I’m still curious, what makes it specifically great for solo women travellers?

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