Guarda

Guarda village

Route: Guarda village

Area: Switzerland

Date of walk: 21st January 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 1.0 mile

Ascent: negligible

Weather: Sunny 

Our arrival in Guarda one week ago coincided with the heaviest snow the area has experienced for 20 years. All walking paths were closed due to a high avalanche risk, and a further 6 inches of snow overnight didn’t improve the situation. Since that day we’ve been blessed with constant sun and blue skies, the paths all re-opened quickly, and we’ve enjoyed some wonderful walks

On our final day we had a couple of hours to spare before starting the journey home, and decided to walk around the streets of this beautiful and unspoilt village

Guarda is located 1,000 feet above the valley floor (which is why there’s a bus service to the railway station at the foot of the valley). The houses, grouped around the church, have remained largely untouched for centuries. Many of them are decorated with paintings of plants and animals, or with Romansch and Latin verses framing their doors and windows. Every property seems to be lovingly cared for by its owner

Our base for the week had been the excellent Hotel Meisser which has been owned by the Meisser family for 125 years. On another glorious morning we stepped out of the hotel and walked to the nearest edge of the village, so that we could then turn back and walk its full length. We took with us some detailed notes provided by Inntravel as part of our holiday paperwork. These describe not only the history and culture of the village, but also point out interesting features on many of the houses

I’ll let the photos tell the story of our short stroll, a fitting end to a wonderful holiday

(The Map Page shows the location of Guarda for information but I’ve not included a route as it’s simply a question of wandering around the village streets)

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