Do you love bikes and want to experience the emotion of an e-bike holiday in the enchanting scenery of the Dolomites? Get in the saddle and choose one of these amazing itineraries in San Martino di Castrozza, Primiero, and Vanoi!

Choosing a bike, mountain bike, or e-bike on holiday is the perfect way to live in an ecological way. In addition, it offers the possibility of discovering the area in a different and unique way.

Climbing high altitudes, cycling with the wind in your hair, admiring breathtaking landscapes. These experiences will give you intense emotions and a great feeling of freedom. Despite the idea of fatigue may scare you, there are e-bikes that, thanks to their electric motor, make cycling soft and comfortable everywhere. One of the ideal destinations for an e-bike holiday in the Dolomites is certainly San Martino di Castrozza, Primiero, and Vanoi. This destination is an Alpine Pearl of Trentino and promotes eco-sustainable mobility at 360 degrees. The Vanoi valley is also the location of the Vanoi E-bike Rally, the first event in Trentino dedicated entirely to electric bikes. Continue reading to discover some of the most beautiful itineraries in this area and how to recharge your e-bike along the way.

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By ebike along the cycle paths of Primiero and Vanoi valleys. Photo by Tommaso Prugnola.

From March to October, the valleys of San Martino di Castrozza, Primiero, and Vanoi turn into a true paradise for cycling lovers. In the uncontaminated nature of the Paneveggio Pale di San Martino Nature Park, between the Lagorai mountain chains, the Vette Feltrine peaks, and the suggestive peaks of the Pale di San Martino, you can choose from hundreds of kilometers of routes of various difficulty levels, suitable for all abilities.

And if ride after ride your electric bike battery is low, no problem! Along the routes you will find various possibilities for recharging free your e-bike, and taking your power cable with you.

E-bike recharging points

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Free recharging at Zeus circuit stations. Photo by Tommaso Prugnola.

Along the routes of San Martino di Castrozza, Primiero and Vanoi there are 3 possibilities to recharge your e-bike

  • the public charging points installed by ACSM can be used in a free way only by downloading the Zeus app. The smartphone application allows you to select the recharging station from the map – or scan the QR-Code associated with the station itself – and follow the instructions that appear on your smartphone screen. In this way, you can unlock the recharging socket or the tool compartment. In fact, these recharging stations are complete with a tool compartment for small bike repairs.
  • the recharging points of the Paneveggio Pale di San Martino Park Authority are located along the Caoria-Paneveggio cycle/pedestrian route and can be used free by asking the managers of the adjacent structures for the keys.
  • recharging points installed by private operators and made available to customers of restaurants, hotels, and other accommodations facilities.

Vanoi E-bike itinerary

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Surely, an event not to be missed by two-wheel enthusiasts is the Vanoi E-bike Rally. The first event in the Trentino region dedicated to electric mountain bikes takes place every year in july.

The location is the beautiful Vanoi Valley, with its enviable forest road network immersed in luxuriant fir and larch forests, part of which is within the Paneveggio Pale di San Martino Park.

Furthermore, this year, you will have the chance to choose between a short route (29 km green recreational-motor route) and a long route (53 km red recreational-motor route). The setting for this beautiful day of sport will naturally be the Pale di San Martino and the Lagorai porphyry mountain range, the horizon within which the registered bikers will move.

The event is designed for sportsmen and families. In fact, there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy moments of relaxation. In addition, there will be tastings of local products at the catering points along the circuit.

4 e-bike itineraries in San Martino, Primiero and Vanoi

Lake Calaita in Vanoi Valley
View of Lake Calaita in the Vanoi Valley. Photo by Aldo Miele.

Cycling peacefully from Imèr to San Martino, or climbing on two wheels through rhododendron, fir, and larch woods while enjoying spectacular views of the Dolomite peaks. The possibilities for discovering the Pale di San Martino area by e-bike are many. Here are 4 itineraries to take into consideration during your holiday.

1. E-Bike itinerary among the Vanoi malgas

Among pastures, streams, and uncontaminated forests, this mountain bike itinerary will take you to discover the suggestive Vanoi valley. Tour 2262 is a ring route of about 25 km, with a difference in the level of 1600 meters, among the mountains of the Lagorai range. During the route, you will be enchanted by the wild beauty of the Cauriol, Cardinal, and Cece mountains. Furthermore, you will admire the granite mass of the Cima d’Asta group and the magnificent Pale di S. Martino. Caoria War Museum and Vanoi Ecomuseum are two significant steps to immerse yourself in the history of the area.

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2. Between the villages and meadows of Vanoi

This longer itinerary, of approx. 46 km with a difference in the level of 1480 meters, passes through the vibrant villages and majestic forests of the Vanoi. During the route you will encounter the historic sawmill alla Veneziana di Valzanca. Besides, you will admire the Dolomite landscape from the belvedere at Malga Fiamena. Between one ride and the next, the steps that will make this tour unforgettable are the numerous refreshment points where you can taste the local products, such as the Malga Lozen or the Santa Romina agritourism.

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3. From refuge to refuge in the Primiero forests

Starting from the Schener Valley, which you follow until you reach Pontet, this 38 km ring route (dislevel 1,200 m) crosses really suggestive landscapes and leads you to Alpe Vederna. Here you can also admire the Vette Feltrine with Monte Pavione. The Val Noana, with its wilderness, crystal-clear water and views of the Dolomites, is the frame for the evocative bridge suspended on a rope that will lead you between refuges and alpine pastures to Fiera di Primiero.

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4. Primiero – Passo Cereda: cycling through the most enchanting valleys of Trentino

Another path is Primiero Passo Cereda. This 35 km, medium-difficult itinerary offers incredible views of the southern sector of the Pale di San Martino. It starts from the villages of Primiero and cycling up to the Fedai and Le Vale areas,  you can appreciate the views of the mountains below and their majesty. During the route, you will arrive at Passo Cereda, a historic connection between Trentino and the Belluno area. The last destination of the route is Val Canali, home to the Pale di San Martino Natural Park. In this place, you can admire the Welsperg lake, a beautiful alpine stretch of water.

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These are just some of the most suggestive mountain bike routes in San Martino di Castrozza, Primiero and Vanoi. There are many others that you can discover during your e-bike holiday!

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Cover photo: E-bike excursions with the Pale di San Martino in the background (ph. Enrica Pallaver)