International tourist guides describe Slovenia as a green country of active and hard-working people. Their love for active pursuits and the active spending of leisure time is also demonstrated by their participation in recreational sports events.
International tourist guides describe Slovenia as a green country of active and hard-working people. Many Slovenians start their days by jogging or cycling. After work, they make time for a quick walk to a nearby hill. Their love for active pursuits and the active spending of leisure time is also demonstrated by their participation in recreational sports events, which include endurance tests, tests of strength, team spirit and the motto that it is the taking part not winning that counts.
The popularity of cycling is reflected in many cycling events, which mostly include recreational cyclists. Test your physical condition and endurance at the traditional Marathon Franja, which has been taking place since 1982. The marathon is an official candidate for inclusion in the series of the best cycling events in the world under the auspices of the International Cycling Union, UCI Golden Bike. The first Saturday in September is usually reserved for Ride on Vršič, the ascent on the highest Slovenian mountain pass. Merely reaching the finishing line is a victory in its own right. Awake the fan and supporter in you and cheer on the best professional cyclists during the annual Tour of Slovenia. International cycling associations compete in stage tests throughout Slovenia.
Popular cycling events:
Marathon Franja, Ljubljana, 12–14 June
Ride on Vršič, Kranjska Gora, 4 September
22nd Tour of Slovenia 2015 , 1–21 June
Cycling Climb to Mangart, Log pod Mangartom, 16 August
Join many hikers on organised hikes. Learn about popular or lesser known and hidden hiking destinations, and further enhance 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!
Popular hiking 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
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
Events which include several sports activities are growing in popularity. The Oviratlon obstacle challenge is an interesting mix of endurance, strength and fun. Test yourself on an 8- or 10-kilometre obstacle course prepared according to the training of elite special forces. Combine running, swimming and cycling at a triathlon. The competition season is open between April and October. The start of summer of also marked by the Soča Outdoor Festival. Compete in the adrenaline challenges of mountain running, cycling, water sports and paragliding or hang-gliding.
Popular outdoor sports events:
Soča Outdoor Festival, Tolmin, 25 June – 5 July
Oviratlon obstacle challenge, Pokljuka, 4 July
Triathlon, Slovenia, April – October