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With so many activities on offer during the summer months, it comes as no surprise that chalets, apartments and hotels alike are bursting at the seams during peak season here in the Italian Dolomites; But what about the low season? Despite a somewhat ‘sleepy’ atmosphere, the Alta Badia comes to life in June as the snow smelts and the South Tyrolean’s prepare to open their doors for another memorable season.

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There are a few things that define the Dolomites during June which create a contrasting atmosphere to the rest of the summer months. Patches of snow remain high upon the peaks that glisten in the sunshine; the melting run-off keeps rivers flowing high, filling the natural lakes whilst providing deliciously chilled drinking water found in troughs along the walking paths. The snow capped peaks against the fresh bloom of wildflowers creates a photographer’s playground; add to the scene with vast protruding mountains, quaint wooden huts and a friendly Marmot and you have a recipe for endless photo opportunities.

It is safe to say that temperatures are still quite low during this time and that most people come away on holiday to enjoy hot days and warm evenings outside. It has to be said however, that these cooler temperatures make for perfect walking conditions, especially in the mountains. Whether venturing out on an easier, moderate or high level walk, ascent is non-avoidable whilst exploring the alpine world, and with ascent comes a rise in core temperature – that’s when you can be glad it isn’t reaching over 25⁰!

Imagine yourself immersed in the Dolomites Mountains; do you see vast open meadows, an endless rim of peaks, and quiet towns with hardly a soul in sight? Perfect! June sits outside the annual school holiday and as most people will wait for peak season to take a break, cheap flights and discounts are blindly slipping away. Collett’s offer a 10% discount for the first two weeks of June and offer a full programme of walks in low season for people who wish to join organised days at a time when the mountains are quiet. Self-driving is much more enjoyable at this time of year as the roads are practically empty and the freedom to go further afield opens up a variety of locations. Later openings of mountain huts encourages a memorable picnic out on the hills, something which can we particularly enjoyed amongst the flora and fauna without much disturbance from other walkers.

Local events kick off the summer season with exciting music festivals and cultural activities. Corvara host presentations and exhibitions about the mountains, whilst Badia promote sports events and focus highly on cycling in the run up to the Sellaronda on the 23rd June. The Sellaronda bike day, a 55km ride conquering 4 of the main passes, is free for all to take part starting anywhere on the course, for as long as you want (or can physically manage!) – A fantastic personal challenge for the avid cyclist out there. With one starting point in Corvara, it is possible to sit and observe those partaking whilst enjoying a gelato or a fresh Italian coffee. Let’s not forget to mention the Maratona dles Dolomites, a well-known cycling race which sees serious riders from all over the world take on the mountainous roads. This end of the month event brings with it a ‘pasta party’ and evening music entertainment, not something to be missed.

Arguably the main attraction for a June holiday in the Dolomites is the explosion of colour in the wildflower meadows. The mountains come alive with some of the best floral sites in Europe, with a possibility of seeing hundreds of rare species. A range of habitats including upland meadows and rocky outcrops home beautiful orchids and an impressive composition of mauves, pinks, yellows and reds; creating a botanical array which would come as a struggle to recreate in a typical garden back home. The alpine pastures are at their best during early/mid June and it is the perfect opportunity to head out with one of Collett’s flower walkers. Organised walks are on offer 5 days a week, free of charge – a perfect way to spend a day (or maybe even two!) seeking out the rare Lady’s slipper Orchid, increasing your flower knowledge and practising your photography skills in capturing such delicate subjects. With a perfectly positioned mountainous backdrop and quiet paths at this time of the year, you will practically have the enjoyment of the wildflower meadows all to yourself.

So, if you intend to self-drive during your holiday, wish to enjoy the vast array of mountain paths to yourself and are keen to experience some exquisite wildflowers unique to the area, then booking your holiday in June is a good a time as any.

Over the last two weeks we have been incredibly spoilt with fun and fascinating local events across the Zugspitze Arena. For the midsummer solstice the hills were literally alive; each year local families create incredible images out of fire that burn high in the mountains after sunset. This years ‘Bergfeuer’ was dedicated to the ordination of a local priest, so the mountain fires were of a religious theme with altar tables, crucifixes and even the face of christ appearing on our highest peaks! The ordination itself was a huge event in the village, where a parade was held in the church square accompanied by a large brass band in traditional dress.

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Self Catering Chalets and Apartments in the Picos de Europa
Self Catering Chalets and Apartments in the Picos de Europa
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Plenty more lederhosen were to be seen later in the week at the ‘Tirolean Abend’ at the Zugspitzsaal, the local community centre. Staff and guests sauntered down after dinner to enjoy an oom-pah-pah band, traditional dance, wood chopping and of course…plenty schnapps consumption! And for those that hadn’t had their fill of schnapps, there was a healthy sized group in presence the following day for the free tour of the local schnapps factory (with tastings!).

To round off the week, we were treated to the Alberg Classic Car Rally, where an amazing array of vintage vehicles were driven through Ehrwald’s main square by well known Austrian racing drivers and other celebrities. The Hotel Sonnenspitze’s sun terrace was the prime location for watching the cars drive by whilst enjoying a nice drink in the sunshine!

Do not worry that you have missed out on all the fun! There is an entire programme of local events that is produced weekly by tourist information- we will always have copies readily available here for you to look at.

Many thanks to Kate for the words and photos. She’ll be sending in pictures and blogging for us regularly from the Austrian Alps! Dafydd has also been supplying us with some beautiful landscape shots of the walking and mountains for our blogs, website and Facebook page – Thank you!

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Here in Ehrwald we do like to treat our guests to trips abroad, and what adventure could be better than a visit to the top of Germany?! At 2962m, the Zugspitze is the highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains as well as Germany’s highest mountain. It can be approached via cable car from Ehrwald, or from the beautiful lake Eibsee just over the border in Germany. In fact, the border itself runs over the Zugspitze’s western summit meaning that you can spend time in both countries at the top, with a small tunnel connecting the separate German and Austrian tourist areas. The number of facilities available is really quite incredible, and you can even chose to dine in a large outdoor cafe/bar or in one of two stunning restaurants offering ‘Bavarian Haute Cuisine’…all with free Wifi! There are museums on both the German and Austrian sides, however we would strongly recommend a trip around the Austrian museum which gives a fascinating insight into the history of the mountain and the construction of its various trains and cable cars.

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As you would expect, the views from Germany’s highest vantage point are just ridiculous! On a clear day, there are over 400 visible peaks in Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland, including the highest mountains in the eastern Alps such as the Großglockner (3,798 m), Wildspitze (3,768 m), Ortler (3,905 m) and Piz Bernina (4,049 m). There is even the opportunity to wave to our friends in the Dolomites, with the Marmolada (3, 343 m) making an appearance on the horizon. You can easily spend a couple of hours soaking up these magnificent views over a coffee or a beer, and we recommend getting an early (ish- you are on holiday!) lift in the morning to beat the queues and to allow time for a walk to the nearby Hochthörle Hütte for lunch in the afternoon. Of course, for the super keen there is the option of walking to the summit from Ehrwald- ask us for more details!

The Ehrwald-Zugspitze cable car is open daily from 8.40 am to 4.40pm, and departs every 20 minutes.
A return journey costs 39 euros, however this journey is included in the Z Ticket, a local lift pass that allows multiple use of lifts throughout the Zugspitze arena, as well as several other attractions. We will talk this all through with you on your arrival.

Many thanks to Toni and David for your fab photos!

Many thanks to Kate for the words and photos. She’ll be sending in pictures and blogging for us regularly from the Austrian Alps! Dafydd has also been supplying us with some beautiful landscape shots of the walking and mountains for our blogs, website and Facebook page – Thank you!

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There are 31 recommended walking routes in the Picos de Europa and they range from easy, moderate and hard. One particular route stands out in the ideas and information folder; with an ascent/descent of 1650m, a walking time of 8 hours and a distance of 20km, not forgetting the added 1hr drive each way, the Naranjo de Bulnes circular route is a super challenge for some of our guests. Three guests in particular were up for giving this hard walk a go this week which gave our eager walk organiser Jack an opportunity to explore the area for the first time.

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As we reached the hidden village of Bulnes an hour into our walk, we looked back at the track we had just ascended in amazement. For us, it was a mere morning stroll which was enhanced by the towering rock and flowing waterfalls. For the small community (of no more than 50 people) this track used to be their only access into the isolated village until a funicular was opened in 2001, reducing 370m and a distance of 6km for the transportation of animals and food goods. With the boost and support of rural tourism, small tapas bars and restaurants now thrive which is more than can be said for the abandoned village of ….. which is set slightly higher up in the mountains. The dramatic limestone peak of Naranjo de Bulnes, or the Orange of Bulnes (deriving its name from the orange glow during sunset), could be seen from this point in the distance.

Our ascent to the top took us through woodland, across many brooks and amongst lush, open fields which were covered in wild flowers and abandoned farm buildings. Fresh running mountain water allowed us to re-fill our bottles as we found a beautiful spot for lunch. Guest Kate decided to head back down to Bulnes as the rest of the group persevered up towards the peak which still seemed quite far away at this point!

But we finally made it! The Alpine Choughs were quick to scavenge whatever they could but we had earned our biscuits and we weren’t sharing. The peak of Naranjo didn’t look quite as dominating from this perspective and as tempting as it was to enjoy the warmth of Refugio de Urriellu, we decided to begin the 4 hour descent.
A mix of scree slopes, patches of snow and basic scrambling over rocks kept us on our toes all the way back down to Bulnes. We had agreed that the Funicular ride to the car park was deserved by all but to our disappointment we had missed the last run by half an hour. Never mind, spirits still high we continued on down and absorbed the completely new view that we had turned our back to on the way up.

A relieved wave from Kate as we came into view reassured us that we were almost done. The added bonus of finding an open bar that sold cold beer and ice-cream helped us all wind down after such a big day. 9 hours after we had set off, we toasted our achievement and headed back to the Posada in time for a late dinner to tell everyone about the real mountain adventure we had just experienced together – an adventure that I can safely say will be remembered by all for a long time to come.

Collett’s Blogs

Collett’s blogs are written by our resort diarist, photographer, walker and skier, Kelly Diggle. If you are out on a walk, wildflower walk or any day out with her you are sure to be included in her photographs and in one of her weekly blogs. Kelly’s personal travel blog can be found here. You can keep up to date with Kelly on Twitter here.

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There are certain locations which make walking holidays in the Picos de Europa special and memorable. The Fuente de cable car is the only one in the area and after only a 3 minute ride will drop you off high amongst the peaks, opening up terrific views as far as the eye can see. Today’s walk saw 11 guests joining both Jack and Beth, this summer’s walk organisers, for a day’s ramble at over 1,500m to see if this moderate/hard walk really did live up to its name.

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Organised or Self Guided Walking Holiday in the Picos de Europa with Collett's Mountain Holidays
Organised or Self Guided Walking Holiday in the Picos de Europa with Collett's Mountain Holidays
Organised or Self Guided Walking Holiday in the Picos de Europa with Collett's Mountain Holidays
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Looking up at the cable disappearing into the cloud, we could only hope that our return ticket would get us above them and into the sunshine. And our positivity paid off! As we climbed higher everyone turned round to admire the stunning cloud inversion as we all ‘ahhhh’d’ in turn. It was only right to take time for photos at the top and he who dared stood on the see-through platform that hung over the edge of the rock face!

Once we reached the top of the track the views opened up over the Forgotten Mountain – an impressive rock formation protruding solo with its head sticking above the cloud. Our walk group fancied a bit of a challenge and decided to climb to the top of 3 small(ish) peaks which ran along the ridge of the massif. It was well worth the detour as a small herd of Chamois came to investigate and conveniently posed on the rocks for photographs. We stopped for a quick snack break but it was hard to choose a direction to face as the 360° view was continually breathtaking.

As we wandered down into the glacial bowl, the clouds began to rise so that the sunshine could follow us. Young cattle showed an interest as we wandered by, chatting away to each other whilst identifying the flowers. We all agreed that flower enthusiast David Charlton would have appreciated the hundreds of deep blue Gentians dotted amongst the grass, but a photograph to show at office hour would have to do.

The Rifugio that had been in view most of the day had been in discussion all morning. Would it be open? Was there a cold beer waiting? After a hot zig-zag climb to its doors, a sigh of relief and big grins let the rest of the group know that it was open for service. Being the only group on the mountain, we enjoyed a cool drink along with our packed lunch and watched the Vultures soar above on the thermals.

It was no surprise to find some snow up at this level and on the way back to the cable car, a small snowball fight let loose – and not just between the staff!
The view we enjoyed earlier was now covered in cloud so our timing to head back down to the car park was perfect.
A massive well done to guest Ailie for overcoming her fear of heights and for getting up and down the cable car (without the aid of the Dutch courage she was carrying in her bag!)

Collett’s Blogs

Collett’s blogs are written by our resort diarist, photographer, walker and skier, Kelly Diggle. If you are out on a walk, wildflower walk or any day out with her you are sure to be included in her photographs and in one of her weekly blogs. Kelly’s personal travel blog can be found here. You can keep up to date with Kelly on Twitter here.

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We have watched Ehrwald spring into action throughout the past few weeks, and today the Coburger Hütte- a favourite amongst locals- opened its doors, serving up amazing food and views of two turquoise mountain lakes. This week’s walk programme has featured visits to several other higher level huts, including the Bichlbacher, Tuftl and Hochfelden Alms. And what better way to reward yourself after a hard climb than with some local treats?! Here are some tips and tempting photos to familiarise you with the local dishes ready for your visit (or for some of you just some delicious memories!)

1) Kaiserschmarrn

As seen here being devoured by Barry and Tony alongside a beer, Kaiserschmarrn is a light, caramelised shredded pancake served with fruit compote, traditionally made of plums or apples. Portions tend to be giant sized, so best to share with friends after a walk, or perhaps after lunch if you’re feeling naughty!

2) Aufschnitt

AKA ‘cold cuts’, an Aufschnitt Platter offers a great selection of local meats, usually served with a selection of pickles, onions, vegetables and of course bread and butter. Perfect for a sunny afternoon, and also usually enough for at least two to enjoy.

3) Kaffee und Kuchen

If you thought the Brits did a good afternoon tea, wait until you see how they do it in Austria! Whilst the mountain huts tend to offer slightly more robust options such as warm apple strudel, cosmopolitan spots such as Ehrwald’s Cafe Leitner offer far more intricate delicacies. Here are Jim, John, Carole and Val enjoying Mocha Eclairs, Apple Streusel and Tropical Fruit Gateaux at the famous Cafe Kroner in nearby Garmisch. Yummy!

4) Almdudler

A popular Austrian soft drink made of grapes, apples and herbs, this refreshing tipple is a lovely alternative to alcohol or indeed the world-dominating coca cola. Best served on a sun terrace with a bright blue cloudless sky.

…and of course there are those scrumptious packed lunches made by yours truly- at 2962 metres what could possibly taste better than a ham roll?!

Many thanks to Kate for the words and photos. She’ll be sending in pictures and blogging for us regularly from the Austrian Alps! Dafydd has also been supplying us with some beautiful landscape shots of the walking and mountains for our blogs, website and Facebook page – Thank you!

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The start of a brand new summer season in the Picos de Europa has begun and David Charlton has joined the team for 3 weeks to share his extensive knowledge and enthusiasm for wild flowers in the area. Having spent the past few years wild flower walking in the Italian Dolomites and subsequently producing a book (Wild Flowers – The Dolomites) about the different species, David and his wife Judy know Collett’s well and they never fail to stir up some excitement before heading out into the mountains for the day. With a large interest in resort this week, guests went out in convoy to try and find as many orchids as possible; setting the challenge of 20 different species in one day.

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The clouds were beginning to part as the three cars wound their way through the Hermida Gorge to the first orchid spotting place of the day. David brought with him a collection of reference books and between the group enough cameras hung around necks to ensure each and every find was captured. The first spot was an unlikely place to find beautiful orchids – in a lay-by at the side of a quiet road. However, putting all faith in the flower enthusiast it wasn’t long before we were all crouching down to have a look at the intricate Man orchid, quickly followed by the Bee Orchid.

At the next stop the group split up along the valley, staring intently at the ground as they walked along. Whilst some guests admired the Pink Pentrocoptis (a flower found only in the Picos) hanging from the rocky outcrops, others called over to David in hope that they had found another Orchid to add to the list. The small walk along the river was stunning and the large cave encouraged everyone to look up and admire the view every now and again.

We diverted onto a windy road in order to reach a wildflower meadow that was now flourishing and ticked off a number of Orchids including Heart Tongue, Pyramid, Fragrant, Woodcock, Early Spider and the Red Helleborine Orchid. With a proud total of 12 so far, we headed up to Pica de Laspuertas to enjoy the view and a well earned sandwich. But this lunchtime break did not go without entertainment and this time we were looking to the skies. Griffin and Egyptian vultures appeared in their numbers, with a total of 20 soaring above as at one time! They flew in from above, below and almost within arms reach which resulted in group neck ache by the end of the show. Lizards chased each other along the fence and one went in search of food in a guest’s rucksack when she wasn’t looking.

On our last stop we were given the challenge of finding the Fly Orchid. After 20 minutes of searching we were about to give up when a proud guest spotted it amongst the grass. This took our daily total to 15 which everybody was happy with; ensuring the day was left on a high we decided to end it by enjoying a refreshing drink in the sunshine. It was evident that sharing a day with interested guests, regardless of whether they knew their flowers or not, brought to life the enjoyment and passion that David holds for wildflower walking, spotting and identifying. It was a great day to be a part of.

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Collett’s Blogs

Collett’s blogs are written by our resort diarist, photographer, walker and skier, Kelly Diggle. If you are out on a walk, wildflower walk or any day out with her you are sure to be included in her photographs and in one of her weekly blogs. Kelly’s personal travel blog can be found here. You can keep up to date with Kelly on Twitter here.

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Walking the Seebensee Classic and the Pitznegg Peak

The first ever Collett’s season in the Austrian Alps is officially underway! Our brave firsts guests are reaching the end of their week with us and we’ve had a fantastic few days exploring walk routes, alpine cuisine and the ins and outs of the Hotel Sonnenspitze. It’s fair to say that all hotel guests will certainly eat well, with an extensive buffet breakfast, mid-afternoon snack and extravagant five course meal being provided for you every day (except wednesdays, the day off). Both ourselves and our self-catered guests have enjoyed trying out the local restaurants in Ehrwald and nearby Lermoos- many of which we can highly recommend! We’ve also made use of a fair few huts and alms out on the walks, with awesome views, great food… and delicious local beer!

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Walks this first week have varied from the gentle ‘Seebensee Classic’, a must-do which visits the stunning most photographed lake in Austria, to the ‘Pitznegg Peak’, a fairly gruelling steep ascent for the more hardcore walkers amongst us (but with unmissable views of the arena from the summit!). We have also been blessed to have three very knowledgable botanists amongst our guests, who have shared some incredible facts and enthusiasm regarding the local alpine flowers. This evening we will round off the week with our local and general knowledge quiz to see how tuned in our guests have been- if you’re planning a visit later in the season, we advise you start revising now!!!

Many thanks to Kate for the words and photos. She’ll be sending in pictures and blogging for us regularly from the Austrian Alps!

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Spring in the Zugspitze Arena

Clare, Dafydd, Kate and Kelly our resort team in Ehrwald, arrived in Austria and spent two wonderful weeks getting to know the magnificent Zugspitze Arena. Our local experts the Lockwoods have been an incredible source of knowledge and guidance; having now passed Robert’s ‘local information exam’ (phew!) you will be pleased to know that our brains are now bulging with facts, figures, and expertise which we look forward to sharing with you! Meanwhile, Lesley’s outstanding baking has been a welcome treat after long days of exploration.

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The Zugspitze Arena & Ehrwald - Walking holidays in the Austrian Alps The Zugspitze Arena & Ehrwald - Walking holidays in the Austrian Alps
The Zugspitze Arena & Ehrwald - Walking holidays in the Austrian Alps The Zugspitze Arena & Ehrwald - Walking holidays in the Austrian Alps
The Zugspitze Arena & Ehrwald - Walking holidays in the Austrian Alps The Zugspitze Arena & Ehrwald - Walking holidays in the Austrian Alps
The Zugspitze Arena & Ehrwald - Walking holidays in the Austrian Alps The Zugspitze Arena & Ehrwald - Walking holidays in the Austrian Alps

We have witnessed winter melt away and already the first signs of summer are showing, with local Haflinger calves making their way into the village meadows where more and more beautiful flowers are emerging each day. With crystal clear mountainous lakes, stunning alpine vistas, infinite flora and fauna and the warmest hospitality, this gem of the Tyrol really is the perfect spot for your walking holiday in Austria. Most importantly, with four mountain ranges to chose from, you are placed in a completely unique landscape which can provide a perfect walk for everyone. We can’t wait to show you our new home!

Collett’s Mountain Holidays launched walking holidays in Austria at Ehrwald in the Zugspitze Arena in May 2014. We are also pleased to be offering the extensive local knowledge of Robert & Lesley Lockwood, formerly of Alpine Arena to help us establish ourselves in the Austrian Tyrol.

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Spring Recces in the Austrian Alps

We have exciting news from our base in Ehrwald in the Tyrol. In contrast to the amazing winter conditions in Northern Italy and the Dolomites, Austria has had one of the sunniest, driest and warmest winters on record. Spring has arrived early in the high mountains in this beautiful part of Austria. It is official that on our first high level walk to Pitzenegg 2174m (see I&I laminates when in resort) that we have had sightings of the spring gentian, soldenella (see photos) and many more stunning Alpine Flowers.

We are delighted at this news as those who are booking for spring and early summer with us to the Zugspitz arena are promised a fabulous display of alpine and meadow flowers. We cannot wait!!

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The Zugspitze Arena & Ehrwald - Walking holidays in the Austrian Alps The Zugspitze Arena & Ehrwald - Walking holidays in the Austrian Alps
The Zugspitze Arena & Ehrwald - Walking holidays in the Austrian Alps The Zugspitze Arena & Ehrwald - Walking holidays in the Austrian Alps
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The Zugspitze Arena & Ehrwald - Walking holidays in the Austrian Alps The Zugspitze Arena & Ehrwald - Walking holidays in the Austrian Alps

Collett’s Mountain Holidays will be launching walking holidays Austria at Ehrwald in the Zugspitze Arena in May 2014. We are also pleased to be offering the extensive local knowledge of Robert & Lesley Lockwood, formerly of Alpine Arena to help us establish ourselves in the Austrian Tyrol.

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