Visit Carinthia, Watch Chelsea and fall in love with this province
What has Chelsea football club got to do with Carinthia, Austria’s southernmost province on the border with Italy and Slovenia? Next week Mourinho & co. will be holding their training camp here. The traditional English club will be pitching its tents in Velden am Wörthersee.
What is it that makes Carinthia so special, and not just for sports stars? As a holiday region, it delights guests with a fabulous landscape of mountains and lakes, and above average hours of sunshine – the best conditions for an all year round active sports programme that leaves nothing to be desired. Carinthia also means encounters with people whose love of life is infectious. “Live life with relish and unhurried enjoyment” is not just an empty slogan here.
Some of the things you definitely shouldn’t miss when you come on holiday to Carinthia: stand-up paddle surfing on one of the countless warm swimming lakes, or the view from the 100 metre high Pyramidenkogel viewing tower.
The network of cycle trails in Carinthia now covers 1,300 km, plus 1,800 km of legal and signposted routes for mountain bikers and an eBike network of 400 km in the Central Carinthian region alone.
For everyone who wants to hit the heights: Climbers and nature lovers will find 300 kilometres of hiking trails plus climbing routes that lead up to 2,700 metres above sea level. Try a stage of the Alpe-Adria-Trail that leads from the Grossglockner to the Upper Adriatic.
Warm water and a southern lightness of heart. The many inviting bathing lakes with their warm, clear waters provide hours of active fun and moments of sheer happiness in the sun.
But it’s not just in summer that countless opportunities for active enjoyment await you in Carinthia. During the Carinthian winter, 30 ski regions invite you to enjoy downhill skiing, carving, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoe hikes and ice skating.
Carinthia is also known for its delicious cuisine: under the influence of the eating cultures of three countries – Carinthia, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Slovenia – here above all fresh and regional products are used to create tasty dishes. And just the way things should be for a truly authentic cuisine, the interesting range of specialities of the Carinthian Alps-Adriatic cuisine reflects both the regions and the course of the seasons.
When it comes to accommodation, holidaymakers are free to choose: from holiday apartments to luxury hotels, from quaint mountain lodges to comfortable campsites, from farm holidays to hotels specialising in children.
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