After our first night in a youth hostel in Dobbacio, we move to the first of the mountain huts, where we stay in rooms if possible, but otherwise in dormitories. Food in the huts tends to be excellent and has the best of local cuisine.
The first is Refugio Sennes, which really brings you into the mountain environment. The refuge sits at 2126 m in the Fanes-Senes-Braies National Park and offers a wide panorama over some of the most beautiful peaks of the Dolomites: Croda Rossa (3146 m) (Hohe Gaisel), Cristallo (3221 m), Sorapis (3205 m) und Tofana (3243 m).
The kitchen serves great Tyrolean specialities, as well as Italian and international cuisine.
The Rifugio Averau is another delightfully situated place to stay, with footpaths nearby that wind through the surrounding natural amphitheatre of towering rocky peaks. The refuge is renowned for its cuisine, offering local and Italian dishes as well as a cosy retreat from the rugged scenery outdoors. Tastefully decorated and with fabulous views, the Averau is a great place to rest after a day on your feet.
Rifugio San Sebastiano
The San Sebastiano has pleasing mountain décor, with the typical wooden Alpine feel. Again the food is excellent, with hearty dishes created using local produce. The refuge sits by Alpine meadows, woods and peaks of the mountains beyond in a tranquil spot.