Cycling through heaven on earth

In Slovenia, every kilometre travelled by bicycle is a special experience. The diverse Slovenian landscape offers pleasures for everyone. You can opt for family cycling on level terrain, while more enthusiastic bikers can try to conquer slopes that will reward their efforts with beautiful views. To help you decide where to turn on your next visit to Slovenia, we recommend some of the most picturesque and popular cycling paths around green Slovenia.

Ten reasons to go cycling in Slovenia

Cycling is one of the most popular activities in Slovenia. Part of this can be attributed to the picturesque landscape, while leading Slovenian cyclists, who have been at the top of the cycling world in recent years, have also added to its popularity. Slovenia definitely has something to offer to cyclists of all kinds. If you are still not completely sure whether to tour Slovenia by bicycle, here are ten reasons that will surely convince you to say "yes".

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Drava Cycling Route

Take a ride along the Drava Cycling Route and discover the experiences it offers at every turn. In the Slovenian part, it will take you from Dravograd past Radlje ob Dravi to Maribor, and on to the oldest Slovenian town Ptuj and Ormož. Along the way, you’ll get to know the castles of the Drava Valley and stories about the rafting tradition, as well as discover monuments from Ancient Roman times. Refresh yourself by natural lakes, paddle on the Drava River or pamper your palate with local gastronomic specialties.

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Length
710 km (145 km in Slovenia)
Estimated travel time
2-4 days (Slovenia)
Difficulty
easy

Parenzana

Experience the Slovenian sea coast by biking along the Parenzana, a biking trail running along the former railway line between Trieste and Poreč. The trail connects three countries – Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. The Slovenian part of the trail is suitable for mountain and trekking bikes. Make a stop along the way in picturesque Slovenian coastal towns – the sunny Koper, the fishing town Izola or romantic Piran. Take a breather in the landscape parks Škocjan Inlet and Sečovlje Saltworks. Explore the hinterland of Istria and local delicacies.

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Length
129 km
Estimated travel time
1-4 days (depending on the tourist programme, Slovenian part 4-8 hours)
Difficulty
easy

Juliana Bike

The Juliana Bike circular bicycle touring path takes you around and across the Julian Alps and is part of the Slovenian Bicycle Touring Path. The route runs along local roads, cycling trails, forest paths and cart tracks through sensitive natural habitats. This requires cyclists to show a lot of respect for residents and landowners as well as the environment, as the route also runs through the protected areas of Natura 2000, UNESCO and the Triglav National Park.

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Length
290 km
Estimated travel time
5-7 days
Total number of stages
7 (+3 access stages)
Average stage length
40 km
Difficulty
moderate

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Trans Karawanks

The Karawanks are the longest mountain range in Slovenia. The biking trail running across the 120-kilometre long massif enables you to enjoy exceptional views, peace and genuine touch with nature. Mountain and forest trails and dirt roads are perfect for mountain bikers, while you can also take a trekking bike for a ride around the Karawanks. Treat yourself with a unique biking experience on the way from Dravograd to the tri-border above Rateče.

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Length
132 km
Estimated travel time
3-4 days
Average stage length
25-40 km
Difficulty
difficult (suitable for mountain bikes)

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Slovenian Bicycle Touring Path

Do you like bicycle touring challenges? Take a ride across the major mountain groups along the Slovenian Bicycle Touring Path. In a total of 1,800 kilometres, you will conquer a total of 50,000 metres of altitude difference.  Along the way you will learn about a number of events from mountaineering, ethnographic and technical history. The path runs past a total of 109 check points, where you can make a stop and regain your strength in one of the mountain lodges.

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Length
1,800 km
Estimated travel time
35 days
Average stage length
44 km
Difficulty
difficult (suitable for mountain bikes)

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Pohorje Cycling Transversal

Discover the beautiful countryside of Pohorje on a bicycle! Enjoy a pleasant ride under the centuries-old canopy from Maribor to Slovenj Gradec. Pleasant temperatures and the freshness of the mountain air enhance the experience of discovering numerous interesting sites. Immerse yourself in the depths of untameable nature and get to know the world of raised bogs and plateaus, small rivers with waterfalls and the other natural wonders that Pohorje has to offer.

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Length
75 km
Estimated travel time
1-2 days
Difficulty
very difficult

Via Bela Krajina

The diverse countryside of Bela Krajina offers numerous opportunities for family biking or for those who like to test themselves on more demanding trails. The biking trail across Bela Krajina takes you among the white birches and wine-growing hills all the way to the green beauty of Bela Krajina – the river Kolpa, which offers pleasant refreshment in the summer time. Get to know the character of Bela Krajina through local cuisine and customs too.

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Length
200 km
Estimated travel time
17 h
Difficulty
moderate (suitable for trekking or mountain bikes)

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Around the Kamnik-Savinja Alps

The circular route around the Kamnik-Savinja Alps impresses every cyclist. While well-prepared cyclists can cover 130 kilometres in one day, you can divide the tour into several days and take the time to enjoy the magnificent mountainous landscapes. Along the way, you will cover approximately 2,000 m of cumulative elevation gain and enjoy many beautiful natural sights and stunning views offered by the Kamnik-Savinja Alps.

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Length
130 km
Estimated travel time
8 hours (for experienced cyclists), 2 days (with a programme)
Difficulty
difficult (suitable for road or trekking bikes)

Bike parks for adrenaline junkies

If you’re looking for adrenaline-filled adventures, head to one of the Slovenian bike parks. Most of the trails run along forest paths and across meadows, and various facilities are set up along the way for an even more intense experience.

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Accommodation tailored to cyclists

When you need a break, stay with accommodation providers who will take care of both you and your bike. Take a look at a selection of specialised accommodation facilities for cyclists in Slovenia.

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EcoHotel Koroš

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Hotel Vital

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