There are plenty of non-walking activities to do in the area. The local town of Caramanico Terme has shops, an outdoor swimming pool and a luxurious 4-star spa hotel where you can treat yourself to a massage.
There are mountain bikes for hire, and the Park Visitors Centre arranges informative tours of their otter-breeding centre. The Botanical Gardens offer an understanding into the wide range of local mountain flora.
A magnificent drive up the Orta Valley and beyond leads down off the southern flanks of the Majella massif to the beautiful medieval town of Sulmona, with its 11th century cathedral crypt, 14th century buildings and dozens of sugared almond shops! And to finish your holiday on a high note, on your return journey to Pescara you could stop off at the fascinating National Archaeological Museum in Chieti.
OTTER BREEDING Centre - Caramanico Terme
Otters live in the upper reaches of the Orfento and Orta rivers. To help with a repopulation program this Reserve has been created on the slopes below the Visitors Centre. Guided Tours are organised during the Summer, taking place in the late evening when otters are at their most active. Numbers are limited and tours book up quickly, so if you are interested, talk to your Local Manager early in your stay.
SWIMMING Pool - Caramanico Terme
Caramanico's outdoor pool is just down hill of the Central car park. It opens in June, when the weather is hot enough, and closes down again in September. It opens at around 10am and often stays open until after 8pm.
BYCYCLES Hire - Caramanico Terme
Mountain bikes can be hired by the hour, half-day or full day from the Visitors Centre in Caramanico, which is open 9.00 - 13.00, and from June15 to September 15 also from 15.00 - 19.00. Cost approx 10 Euro/day. Helmets are provided.
SPA Treatments - Caramanico Terme
The 4-star La Reserve Hotel offers luxurious pampering treatments including a menu of western and oriental massages, and a range of aesthetic face, body and beauty treatments., in addition to curative services such as thermal treatments and mud wraps.
PARAGLIDING Flights - Tocco di Casauria
Tandem Paragliding Flights can be arranged from Tocco di Causaria, 50 minutes drive from Caramanico/Decontra, between May and September. Minimum weight 45kg. Cost from 40 Euro.
ROCK Climbing - Santo Spirito
25 minutes from Caramanico/Decontra, with 300 routes on the limestone cliffs of the Santo Spirito gorge. Own Accident Insurance required.
RIVER Canoeing - Tirino
You can take a gentle 2 1/2 hour paddle on the limpid Tirino river - 50 minutes from Caramanico/Decontra.
This is in open 'Canadian' canoes, not kayaks, and is accompanied by a local guide. Prices start at 50 Euro X 2 pax.
THE WOLF Sanctuary - Popoli
Wolves are being bred in a large enclosure on the Western flanks of Monte Morrone. The project can be visited, and the wolves seen in their habitat, but only in the context of an extended guided tour in Italian (total of 3 1/2 hours) which includes visit to all the animal enclosures. The sanctuary is about an hour's drive from Caramanico.