This delightful village, the uppermost of the Engadin, stands at the top of the Maloja Pass, looking out over the wide expanses of the frozen Lake Sils.

As the starting point of the Engadin Ski Marathon, Maloja is a mecca for cross-country skiers, but it also has much to offer fans of winter walking and snowshoeing.

It has a small but fine children’s ski area, and is one of the official Swiss family resorts to have been awarded the “Families welcome” label. A variety of attractive holiday packages are available for families.

However, the family-friendly and sun-blessed Aela ski area is also an insider tip among powder-snow fans and soul riders, who have little regard for fun parks, but all the more for unspoilt nature.

But not just families feel at home amidst this spectacular landscape. In the past, the fascinating interplay between light and shade continually attracted artists to this area. Giovanni Segantini used the Maloja landscape as the subject for many of his pictures, and it was here that the artist spent the last years of his life. Giovanni Giacometti, the father of Alberto Giacometti, was also greatly inspired by the natural surroundings. The spirit of these artists still continues to inspire visitors in the form of exhibitions, readings and concerts.

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