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3. North along the Sarca cycle path: from Arco to Fies

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  • The little beach under the "roman bridge" in Ceniga
    / The little beach under the "roman bridge" in Ceniga
    Photo: A. Monzoni, Garda Trentino
  • / The cycle path in the Sarca Valley
    Photo: R. Vuillemier, Garda Trentino
  • / The cycle path along river Sarca
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino (ph. Vuilleumier), Garda Trentino
  • / The cycle path along river Sarca
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino (ph. R. Vuilleumier), Garda Trentino
  • / Centrale di Fies
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
m 200 150 100 50 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Ristorante Alfio Bar Pizzeria Ponte romano - Ceniga Centrale Fies - Dro Il Ritratto Il Ritratto Ristorante Alla Lega Ristorante Alla Lega
An itinerary suitable for all along the Sarca Valley: follow the river up the valley as far as the Marocche, an impressive post-glacial landslide and protected area.
easy
Distance 19.4 km
1:30 h
98 m
98 m

An easy route without much elevation gain which follows the course of the River Sarca northward. The route is on cycle path and side roads and gives you a chance to enjoy the diversity of the landscape around the river. From orchards and vineyards to small towns and villages, you wind up in the Marocche, an area which has protected status because it is so unique.

If you are a nature lover and enjoy discovering all the hidden treasures of an area, this is the itinerary for you. The banks of the River Sarca are part of the Sarca River Park and here you will find educational information panels to tell you all about the history and features of the area. And the Marocche nature reserve is a treasure trove for geology and botany enthusiasts. For example, did you know that there are natural bonsais growing there? Get off your bike and stop to explore the “valleys of the Moon”(Valli della Luna)!

The Marocche di Dro are a Site of Community Importance, belonging to the Natura 2000 Network.

Author’s recommendation

In summer be sure to bring your swimsuit: underneath the Roman bridge in Ceniga there is a little beach, ideal for cooling down after your bicycle ride
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Author
Valentina Bellotti
Update: August 09, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Fies, 183 m
Lowest point
Arco, 85 m
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Rest Stop

Ristorante Alla Lega
Il Ritratto
Ristorante Pizzeria La Piccola Dallas
Ristorante Alfio Bar Pizzeria

Safety information

  1. Give your bike a regular checkup, especially if you've had it for years.
  2. Be seen: you must wear a high vis jacket (or sash) in tunnels and on country roads after sunset.
  3. Always wear your helmet.
  4. Make sure your front and rear lights are working.
  5. Put out your arm to give advance warning of your intention to change position and before you do anything, check there are no vehicles coming up behind you.
  6. Don't use headphones or your mobile phone handsfree kit: you need all your concentration on the road!
  7. Obey the road signs: stop at traffic lights and don't ride on the wrong side of the road.
  8. If you are cycling in a group, always go in single file.
  9. You've got a bell: use it to let pedestrians know you're there. Don't ride on footpaths. If you have to then get off and push your bike.
  10. If there are cycle paths use them. It's your safety that's at stake and the rules of the road say you must.

 

Note: 

The cycle pathe in Trentino are usually closed by the local authorities from November, 15th to April, 15th. Exceptions are the cycle paths along the River Adige and in the Basso Sarca/Garda Trentino, where cycling is prohibited only in case of ice or during a snowfall

Tips and hints

  • The route ends at what used to be Fies hydroelectric power station. This building looks nothing like a traditional industrial building but more like a castle built to defend the river. For some years now it has been the venue for an important festival and a creative hub for contemporary art in all its forms.
  • For more information on routes and bike services: rentals, workshops, shops and cycling friendly accommodation - APT Garda Trentino  Tel. +39 0464 554444 

Start

Parking place at the bridge - Arco (89 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.920796, 10.889565
DMS
45°55'14.9"N 10°53'22.4"E
UTM
32T 646521 5086983
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Destination

Fies

Turn-by-turn directions

Head off from the car park situated at the bridge in Arco where the cycle path begins. Shortly after, you pass the Climbing Stadium on your left, the venue for the Rock Master championship, one of the most important climbing competitions in the world. Follow the road signs so that you are cycling with the river on your left and the vineyards on your right. 

At the end of the cycle path turn left onto a side road which takes you into the little hamlet of Ceniga. Here you turn onto the first road on the right, then take the first left and cross through the centre. Continue on straight through vineyards until you come to a slight rise; turn right and then, at the end of the road, right again. At the stop sign turn right once more and go onto the roundabout where you take the third exit. A sign on the side of the road gives directions for the cycle path. Cycle for a short distance among the houses until you come to the start of the cycle path which is protected and for bikes only.

This trail is well signposted and passes through the vineyards. The River Sarca is always flowing on the left of the cycle path which takes you to the Fies power station. Here, against the backdrop of the Marocche, you come to the end of the first part of the itinerary.

You can go back the way you came on the cycle path to Dro where you turn right at the roundabout. Continue along the main road and in a few minutes you come to the hamlet of Ceniga. Cross through the centre and follow directions to the Roman bridge. Cross the bridge and turn left along the river. On the right you have the sheer rock face of Monte Colodri. Keep going straight until you get back to where you started from.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

The towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Torbole sul Garda and Arco – are connected by several urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point or in the immediate surroundings.

For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes

You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service.

Getting there

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino

 

 

Parking

Free parking in Caneve (5 min. walk from the town centre).

More Pay parking: Foro Boario parking, via Caproni Maini (Car park near the bridge), Post office (Via Monache).

Coordinates

DD
45.920796, 10.889565
DMS
45°55'14.9"N 10°53'22.4"E
UTM
32T 646521 5086983
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

  • Bike Garda Trentino Map – On sale in tourist information offices in Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole 

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

Questions and answers

Question from Eli Syben · June 06, 2021 · Community
Ist die gesamte Strecke Asphalt?
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Buongiorno Eli, ja.

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Distance
19.4 km
Duration
1:30 h
Ascent
98 m
Descent
98 m
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