Its position in the valley basin between the Val Venosta, Adige and Passirio valleys makes the spa town of Merano the ideal holiday destination for anyone wanting to explore some of the most beautiful bike routes in Italy. In the surroundings of Merano you will find a wide variety of perfectly prepared cycling paths with fantastic panoramic views that will delight beginners and advanced cyclists alike. Thanks to good connections to the public transport network and many inns along the way, cycling around Merano, South Tyrol, is uncomplicated and pleasant. The three best-known cycle paths near Merano are also suitable for beginners and families with children:
1. Adige cycle path from Merano to Bolzano
Length: 30 km
Journey time Merano-Bolzano: approx. 2h
Difference in altitude: -75 m
The bike tour from Merano to Bolzano follows the route of the ancient Roman road Via Claudia Augusta. You can set off from the railway station in Merano. From there, the paved cycle path runs along the Adige river until you reach the capital city of the province, with a constant slight downhill slope. The numerous inns along the way are ideal for a short break. The Adige valley is the widest and flattest valley in South Tyrol - to the left and right of the path you will mainly see apple trees, but also the odd vegetable plantation. If you cycle all the way to Bolzano, you will be rewarded with a beautiful view of the Catinaccio and Sciliar mountain massifs. If you wish, you can return by public transport. You can easily take your bike with you on the train.