Boasting an exceptionally diverse landscape of snowy peaks, emerald rivers and scenic coastline, Slovenia is a paradise for outdoor lovers. From the dramatic Julian Alps to the famous waters of Lake Bled, our Slovenia walking holidays guide you among many natural gems. And the most amazing part is that much of Slovenia remains largely unexplored so you can avoid the crowds that usually head to the honey pots. Bordering Austria and Italy in the north, Slovenia adopts the Alpine culture of its neighbours while also holding its own unique identity.
Join one of our Slovenia walking trips and you could begin your adventure in the fairytale town of Bled, where you’ll wind your way up through the verdant pastures of the Karavanke range, and even take on the more challenging heights of the Julian Alps and Mount Triglav.
If it’s history and culture that excites you, you’ll find plenty of that too as you explore rustic towns and villages awash with Gothic architecture, traditional Hungarian farmhouses, and castles that are full of drama and intrigue. And you mustn’t forget the Slovenian cuisine that fuses flavours from Austria, Italy and Hungary. Tuck into authentic dishes such as pasta dumplings or gibanica, nicely washed down with a crisp Slovenian wine.
Home to the soaring Mt Triglav, Triglav National Park lies between Italy and Austria and is home to the country’s finest natural sights. Walk through the valley of the seven lakes, flanked by towering pines and mountains, watch huge waterfalls tumbling down steep gorges and follow alpine trails to the most phenomenal viewpoints.
Pokljuka Plateau: This alpine plateau stands in the Triglav National Park and stretches for almost 20 kilometres squared. Its diverse karst surface is home to pretty valleys, grassland and pine forests, making it a perfect destination for nature lovers to go walking in Slovenia. As well as colourful wildflowers carpeting the ground, you’ll find shepherd’s huts, alpine cows grazing in the pastures, and an array of birdlife hovering overhead. If it’s wildlife and tranquillity that you crave, the Pokljuka Plateau is the place to explore.
Lake Bohinj: Reflecting the rugged mountain peaks on its shimmering, emerald surface, Lake Bohinj is ridiculously pretty and is less crowded than Lake Bled during the summer months. It has a real authenticity about it and the views from here are jaw-dropping. The path around the lake lets you get back to nature as you walk below the circle of mountains that fringes its shores. In the warmer months, you can take a dip in the gin-clear water or simply relax and breathe in the fresh mountain air. At the western end of the lake, you’ll also find the cable car which takes you up to Vogel for some of the most extraordinary views over the Julian Alps.
Karavanke Mountain Range: This chain of limestone mountains stands on the border of Slovenia, Austria and Italy and is home to more than 1,200 species of flora. Walking in Slovenia is unparalleled and the Karavanke Mountains offer some of the best trails in the country. Winding along alpine peaks, along valleys and waterfalls and below giant gorges, you’ll discover indigenous animals and learn about the region’s cultural heritage along the way. There’s a wide choice of trails suitable for both easy hikes and more demanding climbs. On our Lakes and Mountains tour of Slovenia, we head up to Golica mountain, known for its fields filled with wild white daffodils.
Martuljek Gorge: This beautiful gorge can be found at the end of a forest trail inside Triglav National Park where a series of waterfalls tumble down the steep sides. There are two walking routes that lead you to the waterfalls, each following quiet forest tracks where you’ll meet some of the local wildlife. En route, there are several viewpoints where you can rest and take in the scenery, including the Lipovceva Hut which sells homemade soup and fruit juices from the open kitchen.
Lake Bled: The most famous of all Slovenia’s lakes is Lake Bled, spanning approximately 6km in length within Triglav National Park. The views surrounding its shoreline are to die for and you can complete the circular walking route in around 1.5 hours, allowing for plenty of time to stop and take photographs. At the glacial lake, you’ll see its small island and castle, and there are many beautiful hiking trails that start from here. Alternatively, you might just want to sit by the banks and absorb the scenery or go for a dip at one of the several swimming spots.
I already submitted a review form and won’t add to the comments made there. But I realsied that I wasn’t prompted to say anything about the two hotels we stayed in (or maybe I missed that). These were: Edom Hotel (Wadi Musa / Petra). This was really excellent. Clean, efficient, well-placed and a pleasure to visit. I have no idea why it is only described as “comfortable” rather than being given a deserved 4* rating. The only minor downisde was no bottled water in rooms. Days Inn Hotel Amman. Well, at least the staff are nice and we got bottled water in the rooms! But in other respects it is poor and certainly not deserving of a 4* rating. Everything is tatty, the corridors and rooms – despite being notionally non-smoking – reek of cigarette smoke (this applied to two visits and two different rooms a week apart) and, on our second visit, the bath had not been cleaned – there was a wet pile of hair in the middle of it. I am sure that Amman can do better than this for the same money.
Having been to both Greece and Turkey before it was fascinating to visit the island that has been a focal point of tensions between the two nations. The trip was an excellent mix of walking & sight seeing with plenty of spare time to do other things if required.