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MTB route Santa Maria in Calanca

Mountainbiking • Graubuenden
  • Santa Maria
    / Santa Maria
    Photo: Christian Vigne, Ente Turistico Regionale del Moesano San Bernardino, Mesolcina, Calanca
  • Asini sul percorso
    / Asini sul percorso
    Photo: Christian Vigne, Ente Turistico Regionale del Moesano San Bernardino, Mesolcina, Calanca
  • Sentiero
    / Sentiero
    Photo: Christian Vigne, Ente Turistico Regionale del Moesano San Bernardino, Mesolcina, Calanca
  • Bolada
    / Bolada
    Photo: Christian Vigne, Ente Turistico Regionale del Moesano San Bernardino, Mesolcina, Calanca
Map / MTB route Santa Maria in Calanca
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Difficult tour, due to its varied nature. A real treat would be to cover the length in its entirety, passing through each individual village. Some tips: the famous ‘grotti’ and the biotopes, true nature reserves.
moderate
18.4 km
3:01 h
697 m
697 m
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From the former railway station, the pathway takes you through the village of Grono where the terrain begins its climb, passing by Nadro and arriving at Casteneda, the sunlit terrace of the Calanca Valley. Here you are welcomed by a stupendous view of the surrounding terrain, whether looking down valley or upwards. Sometimes you can see paragliders departing from Santa Maria in Calanca to discover the two valleys of Mesolcina and Calanca. Santa Maria is worth a brief stop. Not to miss are the following: a visit to the church of Santa Maria Assunta with its beautiful internal decorations and a hike to the tower, a few steps away, from the top of which one feels like being on top of the world.

Reinvigorated after the difficult climb, you now descend to the grotti of Cama, passing through the beautiful scenery of Verdabbio. The grotti are ancient cellars which today have become de facto rendez-vous of local gastronomy. Not to be missed is a taste of the flavorful prosciutto of the Mesolcina Region, quenching your thirst with the “mez e mez”, a mixture of soda pop and local wine served in a ‘tazzino’, the typical cup of the grotti.  

An itinerary certainly capable of delighting your spirits, enriching your view and stimulating your palate.

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Author
Christian Vigne
Updated: 2017-04-27

Difficulty moderate
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Altitude
966 m
313 m
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Start

old train station of Grono (777 m)
Coordinates:
Geogr. 46.276314 N 9.161435 E
UTM 32T 512437 5124761

Destination

old train station of Grono

Public transport:

Bus from Bellinzona in direction San Bernardino

Getting there:

Highway from Bellinzona in direction San Bernardino

Parking:

Car park in San Bernardino along the river Moesa - free

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty moderate
Distance 18.4 km
Duration 3:01 h
Ascent 697 m
Descent 697 m

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