Where the clear waters reflect the image of the Matterhorn, 1981 meters high, at the foot of the locality Breuil-Cervinia in Valle d’Aosta, the very famous rises Blue Lake, whose origins appear shrouded in magic. Yes just like this.
In fact, legend tells us that a young boy, after taking the side of a pilgrim who begged for food and water, was sent to fetch firewood, alone, in the middle of the woods. When he returned, all that remained was a small stretch of water, suggestive, motionless and silent: the Blue Lake of Cervinia.
The wonderful topaz color of its waters is due to the particular algae present on its seabed. The lake is surrounded by centuries-old firs and larch trees, a natural portrait of the majestic mountain which has earned it the epithet of Mirror of the Matterhorn.
If you are near the area, for a summer break or a ski week with friends, aexcursion to the Blue Lake of Cervinia it is absolutely a must.
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Blue Lake of Cervinia: how to get there and what to do
L’excursion to the Blue Lake of Cervinia is within everyone’s reach, young and old, thanks to a well-trodden path, without exposed or particularly dangerous stretches. To reach it, you will have to take the regional road that climbs from Valtournenche, just before the tunnel that leads towards Cervinia.
You can park your car near the hotels facing the road and from there, in about 15 minutes, you can reach the Matterhorn Mirror, where you can admire the majestic mountain, called by the Aosta Valley “Great Becca“.
During the summer, the weather becomes hot and breezy, making it perfect for a pic-nic all’aria aperta, totally immersed in nature. If you’re traveling with children, don’t forget your swimsuit for a dip in the water but, above all, don’t forget to wear slightly heavier clothing: in fact, in the mountains, sudden changes in weather could play tricks on you. On the other hand, sunscreen is also a must in the mountains, to protect the skin and avoid annoying burns.
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If the mirror of the Matterhorn remains a truly essential destination, even the Lago Goillet it presents itself as an excellent option for nature tourism lovers. Goillet, not far from the Blue Lake, can be reached from Breuil-Cervinia and, more precisely, from Plan Maison where a flat route on the edge of a rocky escarpment: path number 18, well signposted and easy at all points. The view, also in this case, will range between the giants: from the Matterhorn to Theodulus, from Testa Grigia to the Dent d’Hérens. Why not combine a visit to both lakes, perhaps during a family holiday?
Resort Cervinia: a base for various activities
To enjoy pure – and fresh air! – of the Aosta Valley mountains, you can stay at Cervinia resortsan ideal base from which to discover the Blue Lake. And not only!
The activities that this valley offers are truly varied and diversified. You can practice golf on an 18-hole course at the foot of the Matterhorn or go trekking at high altitudes, following itineraries that will guide you into the heart of these great mountains, in environments of unique majesty.
Even lovers of winter holidays will certainly not be disappointed by a stay in Valle D’Aosta. What’s better than skiing in Cervinia? Maybe relax inside the Spa of the Resort? Or indulge in the pleasures of the Aosta Valley cuisine?
The more adventurous can instead devote themselves to ice karting in Cervinia, perhaps while the little ones will be engaged together with the Resort staff in fun and recreational activities according to their age.
In short, the reasons to spend a holiday in Cervinia they are truly innumerable. There is only one risk: not being able to do everything in one week!