Sports holidays at
Elegant, energising, refreshing
Sports holidays in South Tyrol, in the very special destination of Marling in the Merano Valley, means you are just 3 km away from the spa town of Merano, on a hillside with extraordinary views. Marling is at 363m above sea level and is characterized by an extremely mild climate. The great thing about Giardino Marling and the Merano Valley is that the Mediterranean warmth starts right here, before people in other areas have even begun to think about the Spring. In the enchanting area around Merano you can practice any sport imaginable and maybe even discover something new.
Invigorating sports activities for a once in a lifetime sporting holiday.
South Tyrol and the Merano Valley are not only suited to walking, golfing and tennis breaks, they are ideal for all kinds of sporting holidays: countless riding stables, Nordic walking trails tucked away in the depths of nature, and amazing mountain and road bike trails are all available. And more extreme, adrenaline-filled sports like paragliding and rafting are also on offer if that's more your thing. It's true: every guest at Giardino Marling will be spoilt for choice with the variety on offer and you will find your perfect sport to stay active during your break! Wellness hotel Giardino Marling is one of the best hotels in South Tyrol for your active break and we will be right by your side to help you make your choices and to provide further information and tips.
in the Merano Valley
Whether walking along the Marlinger irrigation trail or the Marlinger highline from town to town. Marling in the Merano Valley, where the Giardino Marling hotel can be found, is a limitless walking paradise. Come along with us and each week we will take you to beautiful pastures and mountain slopes. Enjoy the spring blossoms, the lush summer meadows and the brightly coloured Autumn forests and above all the fairytale views. With an endless choice of some of the best signposted walks in the Merano Valley it really is a unique experience and there are paths to suit all levels of ability.
Discover our interactive walking map and plan your walking holiday in Marling ahead of time!
in South Tyrol
Riding holidays in South Tyrol: Yes, South Tyrol is the home of the Haflinger horse. This breed of mountain horse is well renowned for its good nature and friendly disposition which makes it particularly popular amongst teenagers. In the Merano riding centre and in the Schloss Baslan stables in Marling, beginners and more advanced riders alike can experience the feel of this very special breed of horse.
Dashing through the forest with a trusty horse beneath you, a pistol in your holster – perhaps not quite like that these days but the riding experience still has echoes of the cowboy lifestyle that the Westerns would have you believe. Finally something different on offer for your teenager! If you are interested you can go to the Quellenhof in the sport zone of St. Martin, or to the Sandhof in St. Leonhard, both in the Passeier Valley.
Of course there are many other breeds for you to ride. Those who really love Haflinger horses can go to Reiterhof Sulfner in Hafling, above Merano. All these places can be reached by car within half an hour of Merano.
"Riding is the quest for beauty, the perfect line and truth", so said Nuno Oliveira, the Portuguese professional rider and author. At Giardino Marling we couldn't agree more.
Tennis Complex or play
right in Giardino
Since 1992, the well-known tennis university founded by Dennis Van der Meer has had its European site at the South Tyrolean Tennis Camp in Marling. Van der Meer's training programme has been specially developed to provide participants with lasting success and tailored intensive physical activity during their active holiday. You too can take advantage of this opportunity to improve your tennis technique during your holiday!
Right on site at Hotel Giardino Marling our grass courts are available free of charge to our guests. If you are interested in taking up the sport, we would be happy to put you in touch with a tennis coach with advance notice (individual coaching including court booking, 55 minutes € 60 / per person)
in South Tyrol
Paragliding comes very, very close to the ultimate dream of being able to fly: like an eagle, that incomparable feeling of weightlessness as you hover above the mountains and take in the breathtaking scenery beneath you without any disturbance. Here, on the south-facing mountain facades, you will find the perfect prerequisites for paragliding. Even those without any basic training can experience the amazing feeling of flying by undertaking a tandem flight. Age is of (almost) no importance: tandem flights can be made by children and OAPs equally easily providing they have a basic level of fitness. We are so looking forward to you returning to us at Giardino Marling to tell us tales of your paragliding experiences!
& Mountain Biking
Biking in Vinschgau
The best time of year for biking in Vinschgau is during the apple blossom season when it becomes a once in a lifetime experience of the sights and scents of the countryside. Make use of the Vinschger Railway and ride all the way to Mals. With your event card you can hire a bike there and bike the fantastic bike route all the way back to Merano. If you find it's too much for you, just jump back on the train and travel back in maximum comfort!
Free mountainbike and ebike rental for our guests in our hotel!
Mountain biking in Marling and the surrounding areas
A glorious biking holiday in South Tyrol in Merano awaits you! The area around Giardino Marling is an out of the ordinary location even for practiced riders. The mild climate and the rich nature all around offer the optimal conditions and will pose a challenge to bikers all year round. Whether it is through vineyards and orchards, with a road bike or a city bike, or along forest trails with a mountain bike, all abilities will find themselves catered for here. Start right at Giardino Marling jump on to one of the many bike trails.
in Merano & the surrounding areas
This much loved sport was started by the Finns, and best of all it can be practised in virtually all weather conditions. The whole body is engaged in the exercise, but pressure on the joints is minimal. In Marling there are a large number of suitable trails and in the wider Merano area there are an even wider variety of very beautiful Nordic Walking trails with very little incline.