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A Farm Holiday in Altrei: nature's diversity on a sunny slope

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A Farm Holiday in Altrei
Anyone on a Farm Holiday in Altrei will become acquainted with a littl e enclave: the South Tyrolean municipality of Altrei lies in Italian -speaking Val di Fassa, where the other towns and villages belong to the neighbouring province of Trentino.

Altrei may only be reached from the South Tyrol direction by means of San-Lugano pass connecting the two regions. Its remoteness is made up for by the idyllic countryside and mountain landscape there, which guests may enjoy on hikes or bike tours. There are some rustic farmsteads and houses in this charming little village, too. A holiday in Altrei is just the thing for sports fans as well as those wishing to take it easy. The little village can look back on a long history. It was first mentioned in records as a settlement going by the name of 'Antereu' in 1321. It was during this year that a judge, a certain Gottschalk von Bozen, was granted permission by the Prince Regnant of Tyrol to build ten farms in the county of Fleims. The Altrei of today developed out of these ten farms over the course of the centuries. The ten fields on the municipal coat of arms still point to this fact today.

A Farm Holiday in Altrei: sheer rest and relaxation in a sun-soaked nature park
The around 390 inhabitants of Altrei still continue to make a living mainly from agriculture. This spot on the border of South Tyrol and Trentino in the middle of nowhere is no place for mass tourism. Anyone staying in a holiday flat in Altrei will soon feel part of the village community and can enjoy some peace, quiet and relaxation far removed from noise and hustle and bustle. Altrei lies in the middle of Trudner Horn Nature Park, which is known for its particularly varied range of plants and animals. The landscape is shaped by its biodiverse meadows and woodlands, wetlands and moors. The presence of such lush vegetation is thanks thanks to south-facing slopes that shelter Altrei from overly frosty temperatures despite its high altitude, allowing a variety of plant species to thrive undisturbed.

Breathing new life into coffee culture
Another speciality of the vegetation of Altrei is the local 'coffee bean' – the seed of the sweet lupine, which is neither coffee nor bean, but has served as a coffee substitute for centuries when mixed with barley or wheat. This 'coffee plant' is unique on a botanical and cultural history level, and over 30 farmers from the village got together in 2006 to breathe new life into 'Voltruierkaffee', as it is known locally. Now, coffee from Altrei may be purchased in the village shops again and there are tasting sessions, too. In the meantime, the bean-like seeds of the Lupinus pilus plant have additionally been used in producing beer and schnaps and even chocolate.

Hiking amidst 'Morèlweibelen' witches and woodland sprites
Altrei is a paradise for hikers, and guests can explore the many surrounding hiking paths during the warmer months particularly. The 'Altreier Sagenweg', or 'Altrei Legends Path', for example, brings witches, woodland creatures and other elusive characters to life and is an experience for the whole family. Mountain bikers and climbers will love a holiday in Altrei, too. There's also a fitness path and tennis court. After a varied day of activity in the great outdoors, Sandegg 'Kneipp' trail offers a spot of rest and restoration. Here, tired feet may be revived in cold water and the immune system boosted at the same time. In winter, holiday accommodation in Altrei provides the ideal base for snow shoe walks, skiing and cross-country tours. The ski pistes of Ski Center Latemar, part of Dolomiti Superski association, may be reached from Altrei in little time.

Why take a holiday in Altrei?
  • Set amidst the most biodiverse nature park in South Tyrol
  • Near Dolomiti Superski ski resorts
  • Unique type of coffee from Altrei

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