Have fun in the Karst!

Welcome to a mysterious region, where there are exciting things to experience if you go below the rocky surface. Feel the magic of the Karst landscape on and below its surface. Discover the game of nature, which created unique masterpieces with the help of water. Learn about the incredible harmony between humans and rocks which led to the typical appearance of Karst villages. Although you’ll find it difficult to find water on the surface, the most refined flavours are the fruit of Karst soil. Explore this incredible Karst world. Regardless of whether you go deep underground or cross the landscape on foot, by bicycle, or on horseback, you’ll find breathtaking Karst surprises everywhere you go.

It’s a different world!

Experience the beauty of the Karst underground, where various water sources have carved incredible structures in stone. Visit the most famous karst caves and also explore other hidden gems below the Earth’s surface.

In the footsteps of the first cave explorers

Is the explorer inside you keeping you restless? Experience the karst underground in the most authentic, boutique way. Put on your rubber boots, switch on your torches, and go into the most mysterious corners of the Postojna Cave.

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Cross the karst landscape on foot or by bicycle

A network of hiking and cycling trails will reveal to you all of the allure of the karst landscape. The trails will take you in the footsteps of history, natural, and cultural heritage. Regardless of whether you are looking for trails for a family walk or more difficult hiking and cycling challenges, there’s a trail for everyone.

 

Take a walk or a ride through charming Karst villages, and to experience true Karst architectural heritage, make sure to visit the medieval village of Štanjel. Although the Karst landscape is mainly characterised by stone, you’ll be surrounded by green stories here, too. Visit Miren na Krasu and Komen, two places that have earned the golden Slovenia Green label for their green and sustainable efforts.

 

There are also plenty of hiking and cycling adventures in the vicinity of another unique and special karst feature – the intermittent Lake Cerknica. Enjoy the views from nearby peaks and plateaus – Slivnica Hill, the Menišija Plateau, the Javorniki Plateau, etc. And since you’re exploring this area anyway, you might just as well visit another natural landmark – Rakov Škocjan.

When hunger strikes ...

There’s a saying in Slovenia: “An empty sack can’t stand upright.” So, after your active exploration of the Karst, your stomach will probably start to make noises. Especially if you glance upon typical Karst specialities, the prominent ones being the Karst prosciutto ham and the Karst Teran wine. Although they’ll be glad to offer you the very best that the Karst soil has to offer when you visit tourist farms, inns, and restaurants, it’s worth it to visit ‘osmice’ (pronounce: os-mee-tzeh) on colder days of the year. Osmice, which are temporary wine bars where you are provided with an excellent opportunity to taste typical Karst specialities, are linked by the Karst Wine Road, also an excellent place for a hike or a bicycle ride.

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Expand your horizons

The mild Mediterranean climate provides opportunities for outdoor activities throughout the year. Visit Karst ‘neighbours’ and find out what they have in common.

Mediterranean & Karst Slovenia

Global surprises from salt pans to karst caves.

Mediterranean & Karst Slovenia

Mediterranean & Karst Slovenia

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Karst

The world of underground wonders, stunning natural phenomena and unique tastes.

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Hiking through Slovenia's lowlands

Discover the of appeal of hiking in Slovenia’s lowlands.

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Caves

Stunning underground caves, including the world-renowned Postojna Cave.

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Biking

Explore Slovenia by bike. The dynamic landscapes of Slovenia, with their countless natural beauties, are ideal for a biking holiday.

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Discover the beauty of the inland areas of Slovenian Istria

The inland areas of Slovenian Istria will enchant you with their mix of the Mediterranean and the Karst and with picturesque villages hiding numerous cultural treasures.

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The Vipava Valley

An awakening beauty, also recommended by the Lonely Planet.

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Get to know Slovenia’s wine-growing side on its hiking trails

The vineyards are criss-crossed by countless hiking trails. Which one will you choose?

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