Green secrets of Slovenia

Published: 21.2.2011

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Green secrets of Slovenia

Green magic can occur every day in Slovenia, the country between the Alps and the Mediterranean. Every corner hides a secret. Satisfy your curiosity, put on hiking boots and backpacks and venture on Slovenia’s paths.

Green secrets of Slovenia

Green magic can occur every day in Slovenia, the country between the Alps and the Mediterranean. Every corner hides a secret. Satisfy your curiosity, put on hiking boots and backpacks and venture on Slovenia’s paths. Numerous hiking paths lead over mountain peaks, through forests and past blaze markings; the trans-Slovenian trails stand out because they are the longest, connecting with neighbouring countries. The paths reveal the beauty of Slovenia’s EDEN destinations or popular spots that local people visit frequently. Join the many hikers for organised hiking festivals and events - breathe in SLOVEnia!

Pristine green nature is accessible to everyone at every step in Slovenia and is also only a stone’s throw from large towns. Hiking is one of the most popular activities, since as many as 10,000 kilometres of marked trails can be found in the country. The paths are marked with a Knafelc blaze, a white dot inside a red ring, which has been used for marking mountain trails since 1922. The Slovenian Mountain Trail or the Transversal is the oldest European long-distance trail connecting Maribor and Ankaran. Two European walking routes, E6 from the Baltic to the Adriatic and E7 from the Atlantic to the Black Sea also pass through Slovenia. Hikers are thrilled by the exceptional Alpe Adria Trail which runs from the foothills of Grossglockner to the Adriatic Sea connecting Slovenia, Austria and Italy. Are your feet already getting itchy?

Special hiking curiosity can be satisfied at one of the European Destinations of Excellence - EDEN and hidden Slovenia’s gems. Start your journey of mystery in the north of the country, where Jezersko is hidden between the high Grintovci. This Alpine paradise was formed by a glacier which created a picturesque landscape with a mountain lake. The Logar Valley in Solčavsko, one of the most magnificent glacial valleys in Europe, is not far away. Follow Slovenia’s unique diversity and venture to world of karst. Kras (karst) is the common denominator of all karst phenomena in the world created by water which forms calcareous shapes underground and surface karst phenomena. The Mt Peca underground in the Koroška region is also special. It was not formed by water, but miners. You can walk, cycle or even kayak in the former mining tunnels. Kayaks can also be used when exploring the green Kolpa River, which is known to be one of the cleanest and warmest rivers in Slovenia. The valley of the river, full of life, attracts lovers of active holidays in nature. Gourmets can visit the land of juicy apples - Kozjansko. Enjoy a walk through the orchards.

Join the numerous hikers on organised hikes as part of sports events and festivals. Learn about popular or lesser known hiking destinations, and further complement the experience with local cuisine and by discovering cultural heritage. “Slovenia is walking”, a series of events which will take place throughout the year, is being prepared by the Hiking and Biking Economic Interest Group. Discover the green secrets of Slovenia at the following events:

- Posavje Hiking/Biking Festival, Posavje, 1 May - 30 June

- 9th International Wild Flower Festival, Bohinj, 23 May -7 June

- 8th Bohinj Hiking Days, Bohinj, 11 September - 11 October

- Along the Triglavska Bistrica Trail, Kranjska Gora, 28 - 31 May

- Alpine Convention Day, Planica, 10 - 13 September

- Hiking Festival Kamnik-Savinja Alps, Kamnik and the Logar Valley, 24 - 28 June

- Hiking Days at Terme Snovik, Kamnik, 18 - 20 September

- Soča Valley Hiking Festival, Kobarid, Tolmin, Bovec, 18 September - 4 October

- Vinotour Nordic Walking, Maribor, 18 April and 23 December

- Mura Valley Hiking Festivals, Pomurje, 25 April and 26 December

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