Paradise for Sportsmen at Heart

Published: 21.2.2011

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Paradise for Sportsmen at Heart

Slovenia is famous among Slovenian and foreign visitors for its excellent hiking and cycling terrain. Slovenia loves moving! Between September and October the famous Hiking Festival is taking place in Bohinj and the Soča Valley and during the whole autumn numerous biking tours will be organised, treating cyclists to some spectacular views.

Paradise for Sportsmen at Heart

Slovenia is famous among Slovenian and foreign visitors for its excellent hiking and cycling terrain. Slovenia loves to move! Between September and October the famous Hiking Festival is taking place in Bohinj and the Soča Valley and during the whole autumn numerous biking tours will be organised, treating cyclists to some spectacular views.

Slovenia is fit, a fact shown by its numerous sports events. Under the leadership of experienced guides, the Soča Valley transforms in autumn into a hiking paradise, since the popular Hiking Festival is held in the area from 19 September to 5 October. It includes organised hiking tours, which are perfect both for families as well as more advanced mountain lovers. In addition to recreation in nature, the festival is also the perfect chance to visit many photography and museum exhibitions or listen to the stories of successful Slovenian mountain climbers. No visitor will leave hungry, either. The famous restaurants in Kobarid (Jazbec Restaurant, Breza Restaurant, Topli val Restaurant, Kotlar Restaurant, and Hiša Franko Restaurant) invite visitors from 5 September to 6 October to feast upon the autumn delicacies - a month of local culinary specialties. Fresh trout dishes and traditional Kobarid dumplings will be taking centre stage.

Have you already taken a walk along the emerald green Soča River from its spring in Triglav National park to its mouth in the nature reserve in the Gulf of Trieste? Experience Slovenia and Italy through the Walk of Peace, which connects the First World War heritage from the Alps to the Adriatic. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, in which more than 17 nations fought for the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. The Walk of Peace information centre is your one-stop spot for all experiences from the Alps to the Adriatic. Guides and consultants are always on hand to help you plan your trip and provide a bit of information on personal collections. The Walk of Peace offers visitors not only a journey into the turbulent history of the area, but also into the natural sanctuary and the arms of hospitable locals. You can get to know them through the "Soča, do tell" brochure.

In Slovenia, pristine nature is waiting for you at practically every step. Hiking is a very popular activity, a fact attested by the hiking trails which head into the woods only minutes away even from larger towns and cities. Slovenia has more than ten thousand kilometres of marked trails. It is time to start moving, feel Slovenia! Passionate hikers at heart can undertake the thrilling Alpe Adria trail, stretching 690 kilometres from the foothills of the magnificent Veliki Klek to the sky-blue sea, weaving its way through three countries, namely Slovenia, Austria and Italy.

Warm autumn days are perfect for biking trips in Slovenia. The Primorska region is especially attractive due to its mild climate, since a bit of hard sport can be rewarded by a dip into the sea, which is still a pleasant temperature in the autumn. Here are some tips regarding places to visit in Slovenian Istria. On the other hand, lovers of heights can enjoy mountain biking in the idyllic Triglav National Park. At nearby Bohinj, the 7th Hiking Festival will take place from 12 September to 12 October. The rich programme includes a hike with torches, a visit to the local market, a fairy day in the land of the Goldhorn, a Nordic walking course, and several other events. More information on the programme is available here.

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