Slovenia – a little cycling miracle in the middle of Europe

Everybody probably remembers the sensational double victory by Slovenian cyclists Tadej Pogačar (UEA Emirates) and Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) at the 2020 Tour de France. This achievement has catapulted the green country in the heart of Europe, where cycling is one of the most popular activities, to a place as one of the global cycling superpowers. Slovenian cyclists are also being placed among the favourites for the overall win at this year's, 108th edition of the prestigious Tour de France, to be held from 26 June to 18 July.

Get to know the hero of the 2020 Tour de France, who is the ambassador of Slovenian tourism

After ending a ski jumping career, Primož Roglič hopped on a bicycle to climb to the cycling Olympus after only a few years, to where Tadej Pogačar was also later catapulted. The latter amazed the public with an epic time trial at the Tour de France, which brought him the overall win in the race around France, the first for Slovenia.

Meet cyclist Tadej Pogačar, double winner of the Tour de France

Meet Tadej Pogačar, a young Slovenian cyclists, who has won Tour de France two times in a row.

Meet cyclist Tadej Pogačar, double winner of the Tour de France

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Primož Roglič – from ski jumping to cycling to Olympic gold

Discover the cycling routes of Slovenia, the homeland of Primož Roglič, a top cyclist who became the Olympic champion at the Tokyo Olympics.

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How well do Slovenia's two cycling champions know their homeland?

Watch this entertaining video in which two Slovenian cycling champions and Slovenian tourism ambassadors – Primož Roglič and Tadej Pogačar – answer interesting questions about their homeland, Slovenia.

2021 Tour de France in brief

The Tour de France is the largest and most prestigious three-week road cycling race in the world. It was first organised in 1903, with French Maurice Garin becoming the first winner. Slovenia scored its first stage win at the Tour de France in 2017, which was earned by Primož Roglič, who was back then still a cycling rookie. In last year's Tour de France, Roglič was very close to the overall win, which got taken away from him by another wunderkind of Slovenian cycling – Tadej Pogačar. Making it to the stage podiums was also Luka Mezgec, who was second in two stages of the 2020 Tour de France. What is awaiting cyclists in this year's race?

Number of stages
21
Total length
3.383 km
Longest stage
249,5 km (Vierzon-Le Creusot)

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Slovenian favourites in the race around France

In Slovenia, the best performances at the Tour de France are expected from the reigning champion Tadej Pogačar and the second-placed rider from last year, Primož Roglič. But Slovenia also has much more to show. Also competing in the race will be Luka Mezgec (Bike Exchange), Matej Mohorič (Bahrain Victorious) and Jan Polanc (UAE Emirates).

 

10 reasons why Slovenia is an excellent destination for cycling

Slovenia is exceptionally diverse and an excellent venue for countless outdoor activities. It is almost Europe in your pocket. The ratio between urban areas and countryside is almost 50-50, which means that the natural environment is right on the doorstep for many people. Combined with a pleasant climate, it offers some of the most beautiful cycling trails in the world, attracting many cyclists throughout the whole year. Slovenia is certainly a perfect destination for cycling.

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What is the secret of Slovenian sporting achievements?

A love of sport is written in our DNA. The diverse and picturesque landscape inspires us to actively spend our free time outdoors. We have a relatively well-developed sports infrastructure. Although the majority of activities are not free of charge, they are frequently subsidised by local communities. Work in many local sport clubs is performed on a voluntary basis. Add Slovenians being diligent people who want to prove themselves to the mix and there is a part of the recipe for the top achievements of Slovenian athletes. Discover more about active experiences in Slovenia and its current sport heroes.

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Tips for top cycling holidays in Slovenia

If you are not sure about how to spend your cycling break in Slovenia, let us give you glimpse into some of the current offering suited for cyclists. Choose and book your holiday today!

From 336,00 € Active weekend

Active weekend

Active holidays
Persons: 2 Nights: 2

Spend your break actively.

Rimske Terme Rimske Toplice
From 1.070,00 € Julian Alps MTB

Julian Alps MTB

Active holidays
Persons: 1 Nights: 3

Mountain biking in the most beautiful parts of the Julian Alps. Join us on bike tours with a licens

Turistična agencija Hike&Bike Bohinjska Bistrica
From 67,00 € "Tour d´Istria" cycling break

"Tour d´Istria" cycling break

Active holidays
Persons: 1 Nights: 1

Discover the cycling paths of the Slovenian Istria and beautiful views of the sea and vineyards. Fee

Istrabenz Turizem, d.d. Portorož
From 675,00 € Cycling adventure on the Parenzana route

Cycling adventure on the Parenzana route

Active holidays
Persons: 4 Nights: 4

Get on your bicycle and ride along the seashore on the famou+H9s Parenzana route. In the past, the P

Slovenia Outdoor Portorož
From 580,00 € Active package

Active package

Active holidays
Persons: 2 Nights: 2

Activity is one of the greatest values in life. For this reason, Villa Planinka has prepared a full

Postojnska jama. d.d. Jezersko
From 259,00 € Cycling weekend package

Cycling weekend package

Active holidays
Persons: 2 Nights: 2

If you’re looking for some independence and like to explore the area on your own, individual cycling

Hotel Paka Velenje
From 975,00 € Bike & Taste

Bike & Taste

Active holidays
Persons: 1 Nights: 3

Active enjoyment of nature, while getting to know local specialities. Biking and good food are our

Turistična agencija Hike&Bike Bohinjska Bistrica
From 130,00 € Biking at Celjska koča

Biking at Celjska koča

Active holidays
Persons: 1 Nights: 2

Celjska koča Hotel, the perfect starting point for discovering nature on a bike. Arranged trails to

Hotel Celjska koča Celje

A paradise destination for cyclists

It is not unusual in Slovenia to find yourself in a dilemma over whether to count kilometres on a racing bike or descend down forest trails with a mountain bike. Whichever you choose, there are interesting and diverse trails that will take you through nature and picturesque locations.

Top road cycling tours

Road cycling is gaining in popularity among Slovenians on the wings of successes of Slovenian professional cyclists. We have our own "treats" for the most enthusiastic cyclists on racing bikes. Discover some of the most popular road cycling tours where top Slovenian cyclists have been making names for themselves.

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Top road cycling tours

Top road cycling tours

Road cycling is gaining in popularity among Slovenians on the wings of successes of Slovenian professional cyclists. We have our own "treats" for the most enthusiastic cyclists on racing bikes. Discover some of the most popular road cycling tours where top Slovenian cyclists have been making names for themselves.

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Take the time to tackle the long distance trails

Take the time to tackle the long distance trails

Explore the diversity of the Slovenian landscape along the long distance trails that connect various parts of the country. These take you from the mountains to the seacoast, across hills and plains, and past Slovenia’s natural and cultural attractions. Most long distance trails are part of an international network of trails that connect several European countries. The longest trail that runs across Slovenian territory, as well as the oldest European long distance trail, is the Slovenian Alpine Trail. 

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Adrenaline-fuelled mountain biking

Adrenaline-fuelled mountain biking

Do you know the feeling when you steer away from the hustle and bustle of towns to the tranquillity of nature, when each breath you take is as fresh as can be despite the effort, when you have goosebumps as you watch the world below, when adrenaline and happiness hormones are released as you overcome natural obstacles and experience the beauty of nature? Let the feeling consume you as you head out on the most beautiful mounting bike tours, trails and singletracks in Slovenia.

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With e-bikes easily around the green Slovenia

With e-bikes easily around the green Slovenia

Slovenia is a dynamic land which is worth touring by bicycle. If, until recently, steep slopes were “reserved” for fitter cyclists, these have become more accessible with e-bikes. You can thus explore the most beautiful corners of Slovenia in a more comfortable and active way, which is also one of the greener methods of mobility.

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Most beautiful cycling routes

Most beautiful cycling routes

Bikers will also get more than their fair share of enjoyment in Slovenia while riding through the picturesque countryside. You can opt for family cycling on level terrain, while more enthusiastic bikers can try to conquer slopes which will reward their efforts with beautiful views.

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Do you want even more cycling experiences?

Cycling is a popular sporting activity, especially if beautiful natural scenery follows you along the way. This is also one of the most sustainable ways to explore Slovenia. No more excuses - grab your bicycle or rent one and embark on your own cycling adventure.

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Green & Safe

We are aware that travel habits have changed over the past year, which is why we have decided to focus even more on sustainability and safety. When planning your next visit to Slovenia, keep an eye out for the Green&Safe label. The label testifies to our sustainable direction and high health and hygiene standards, among the first in the world to be acknowledged by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which awarded us the Safe Travels Stamp.

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Green & Safe

Green & Safe

We are aware that travel habits have changed over the past year, which is why we have decided to focus even more on sustainability and safety. When planning your next visit to Slovenia, keep an eye out for the Green&Safe label. The label testifies to our sustainable direction and high health and hygiene standards, among the first in the world to be acknowledged by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which awarded us the Safe Travels Stamp.

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Accommodation tailored to cyclists

When you get tired of covering kilometres on your bicycle, you can find a pleasant resting haven in specialised accommodation facilities for cyclists scattered all over Slovenia.

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Camping Bela krajina

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Kamp Koren Kobarid

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Kamp Menina

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Discover Slovenia by bike

Take a ride along the green countryside that will inspire you with its diversity. The distances between individual regions are short, so you can find yourself in the Alpine world, on the sea coast or among thermal springs all within one day. You will never run out of power, as you will be able to treat yourself to Slovenian specialties along the way.

Useful information and safety guidelines for carefree travel to Slovenia

See useful information and safety guidelines.

Useful information and safety guidelines for carefree travel to Slovenia

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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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Food and wine

Love is experienced through the stomach.

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Regions

In its small corner of the world, Slovenia is the only European country lying at the crossroads of the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Karst and the Pannonian Plain.

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Active holidays

Active adventures in nature.

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Unique accommodation in Slovenia

Spend your dream holiday in world-class comfort and in authentic touch with nature.

Unique accommodation in Slovenia

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Green story of Slovenia

Plan your holidays in green.

Green story of Slovenia

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Spas and health resorts

Rest, relax and enjoy the soothing power of thermal waters and wellness treatments.

Spas and health resorts

Spas and health resorts

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