Located at the point where the Alps, Dinaric Alps, Pannonian Plain and the
Mediterranean meet, Slovenia is a cyclist’s paradise. This small country boasts a
beautifully diverse landscape, from rolling hills and flower studded flatlands, to
jagged mountains and a gentle sea. Whether you are setting out on a strenuous
course in order to test your own abilities, looking for a pleasant family biking holiday,
or searching for small villages and rich cultural heritage, Slovenia offers it all.
Slovenia’s northern borders with Italy and Austria are framed by the Julian Alps,
offering bikers challenging and inspirational routes, both on and off road. Tackle the
monumental alpine peaks before racing back down the mountains and plunging into
the crystalline Bohinj and Bled Lakes. Explore historical sites, such as the Church of
St. Petrus and Kamen Castle. Introduce your taste buds to delicious Slovenian
borovnica blueberry schnapps and the aromatic wines of the Goriska Brda vineyards.
Delight in the pristine nature of Triglav National Park. Satisfy your taste for
adrenaline white water rafting, kayaking, canyoning, tubing, and hydrospeeding down
the pristine Soca River. Use the power of your legs and the turn of your bike’s wheels
to introduce yourself to culture, history, and adventure in the breathtaking alpine
valleys and passes of the Julian Alps in Slovenia.
For those bikers seeking the shade and tranquility of a forest trail, Slovenia has a lot
to offer. Ranking third in the European Union for relative forest coverage, 66% of
Slovenia’s landscape is forest. A 50 km long branch of the Central Alps, covered by
stunning woodlands, called Pohorje, offers excellent routes for any bikers searching
for a backwoods ride. The 700 m climb up Pohorje may be cycled by any bikers
pursuing a real challenge. For those looking for a more casual ride, a gondola makes
the ascent less difficult. The most eastern point of this beautiful region is marked by
Slovenia’s second largest city, Maribor, where cyclists can sample Slovenian cuisine
A broad plateau, which is home to Slovenia’s famous Karst region, spreads inland
from the Bay of Trieste, and is perfect for cycling and cave exploration. Due to help
from the European Union’s PHARE program, the Karst region is now able to boast
360 km of cycling trails, which may be combined in order to create rides of varying
lengths and difficulty. While demanding cycling routes do exist in this region, the
undulating landscape lends itself to less strenuous rides, and is perfect for those
cyclists seeking serene country roads and tracks. As you coast along, stop to
explore the enchanting karst-formed Postojna and Skocjan Caves, visit the Lipica
horses, and enjoy the Karst dry-cured ham—prosciutto.
Although the Slovenian coastline is short, it is remarkable. The rolling hills along the
Adriatic seem designed for biking, offering sparkling views of the sea at their crests,
and lively coastal villages and cities at their feet. Visit Piran, Portoroz, Koper and
Izola, four of Slovenia’s most charming seaside cities. Take a break at one of the
many coastal health spas in order to give your muscles a much deserved rest.
Immerse yourself in the ancient history of a modern Slovenia, visiting architectural
sites such as the Holy Trinity Church in Hrastovlje, where you can view a fresco from
the late Gothic period. Whether a casual cyclist or a seasoned professional, the
Slovenian coastal region is not to be missed.
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