Discover the beauty of unspoilt nature

Everyone looks for pleasant refreshment on hot summer days. Find it in the unspoilt nature of green Slovenia. An abundance of protected areas, which account for no less than 13% of Slovenia, await you! One national park, three regional parks, 34 landscape parks, 66 nature reserves, and more than 1200 natural monuments are just some of the reasons for you to come and find peace and relaxation as you admire authentic natural beauty.

24,000 animal species live here, and some of them are very rare or even endangered. You can also learn about the wealth of Slovenian protected areas actively – on foot, by bicycle, in a kayak, on horseback, etc. Are you ready for experiences in Slovenian nature parks?

Take a hike or a walk in green nature

The most suitable way of exploring the protected natural corners of Slovenia is to head there on foot using well-maintained trails. Most parks have themed trails where you can not only learn about natural heritage, but about cultural heritage, the life of people living in protected areas, and the local cuisine as well. Mountain lovers will best enjoy the trails in Triglav National Park. Easier and more demanding hiking trails will lead you to most of the Slovenian mountains towering above 2000 metres. Marked park trails will also allow you to learn about cultural heritage. The king among the mountains of the only Slovenian national park is Mt Triglav, the highest peak in Slovenia, which also has a very symbolic significance for Slovenians. The mighty peaks and the picturesque mountain environment also attract hiking enthusiasts to the Logar Valley Landscape Park. At the Kozjansko Regional Park, you can walk across typical meadow orchards that offer refuge to many endangered bird species and are home to the Kozjansko apples. Breathe in the aroma of salt and listen to the stories of the harmony between man and nature on the themed trails of the Sečovlje Salt Pans Landscape Park.

Find cycling pleasure in nature parks

Do you like exploring nature by bicycle? You’ll have plenty of opportunity to do so in Slovenia, even in some protected areas. Not far from Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, you can take a ride through the Ljubljana Marshes Landscape Park, where you can cool off in the Iški Vintgar Gorge or you can take on the challenge of ascending Mt Krim by bicycle. Cycling through the Notranjska Regional Park is quite a special experience. Take a ride around the intermittent Lake Cerknica, and if you are well-prepared, bike in the shade of trees through the Rakov Škocjan Valley or through the Menišija forests. Also take your bicycle to explore the Škocjan Caves Park. If you’re a lover of dynamic landscape and are sufficiently in shape, then cycling among the gentle hills of the Goričko Landscape Park will be a true treat. The Triglav National Park is ideal for everyone, from a mountain biker to families.

Feel the rush of freshness and adrenaline

Refreshment in crystal clear water awaits you in Slovenia's nature parks. Jump in for a swim in Lake Bohinj or take a boat ride across its surface. The Soča Valley offers an abundance of adrenaline-filled adventures such as rafting, whitewater rowing, or canyoning through its tributaries. Escape the summer heat and visit Mostnica Gorge in Bohinj or the Tolmin Gorges. You can also enjoy water adventures in the Kolpa Landscape Park. You can take a raft down the River Kolpa or be brave enough to swim where the river flows more slowly, as the water temperature is very pleasant in summer. Treat yourself to a jump into the sea at the Strunjan Landscape Park. Here, you can admire the only Slovenian sea lagoon, Stjuža, and the highest flysch cliff on the entire Adriatic coast, which also offers shelter to numerous birds. Go for a swim in the blue sea and explore the wonderful underwater world.

Explore the mysterious karst world

You can escape the summer heat by descending into the incredible subterranean karst world of Slovenia. In addition to the Postojna Cave, which is the most famous, there are also many other caves that are just as magnificent and that offer the perfect opportunity to escape from the seasonal warmth. The Škocjan Caves, which are on the UNESCO World Heritage List, will take your breath away with their vast halls and a true subterranean “canyon.” In the Notranjska Regional Park, where you can encounter many karst phenomena, both on the surface and beneath it, another karst beauty awaits you – the Križna Cave, famous for emerald subterranean lakes and for being the archaeological site where the bones of a cave bear were found. Hop into a boat and take a guided tour through its magnificent interior. If you prefer to stay on the surface, visit the Pivka Intermittent Lakes and learn about the life in the park on themed hikes or on cycling trails.

Escape into nature on horseback

There’s nothing more beautiful for horse lovers than riding in wonderful nature! Visit the plains of the Ljubljana Marshes as you listen to the calming rhythm of horse hooves. Relax and admire the nature and plant and animal species in the Škocjanski Zatok Nature Reserve near Koper. You can also explore the world of the Pivka Intermittent Lakes on Icelandic horses.

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