People head to the mountains for some space to think, and a chance to reconnect with nature. Some of the best vistas in the world are found at the top of mountains, and mountain holidays are becoming increasingly popular as people feel they have done beach vacations many times before. Whilst every mountain range offers something unique, these three are special in their own ways and worth visiting.
The Dolomites, Italy
Technically part of the Alpine Mountain range, the Dolomites are distinct due to their huge limestone and granite pillars that jut up into the air. Situated in the north of Italy, the region is home to some outstanding cuisine and generous hospitality. Climbers flock to these mountains due to the challenging routes on offer, but everyone will find tranquillity, beauty, and wonder in these mountains. Start in Bolzano, the capital of South Tyrol, and catch the cable car up to the mountain-top village of Soprabolzano. There are many hiking options from here, or you could while away the day in one of the village cafes, gazing at the incredible views which surround you.
Southern Andes, Patagonia
The southern tip of Argentina is known as Patagonia, a landscape of wild beauty. If you’re thinking of tackling these mountains you may want to consider hiring a local guide, as you truly are in the middle of nowhere. If you’re looking for a sense of adventure, solitude, and awe, then these are the mountains for you. Keep an eye out for some of the local wildlife, which includes pumas, guanacos (similar to a llama), and foxes.
Southern Alps, New Zealand
You may recognize parts of this mountain range from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film series. With many peaks stretching up beyond 3000 meters, expect dramatic scenery and intensive hikes in this range on the South Island. Whilst there are some seriously challenging hiking and climbing routes, many of the mountains are easily accessible and suitable for more low-key hikes.