The Vipava Valley was placed on the list of Lonely Planet top destinations in Europe to be visited in 2018.
Awakening beauty between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea
Below the high Karst plateaus lies the Vipava Valley, the beauty caught between the Alpine, Karst and the Mediterranean world, which basks in the sun. This is where the fine tastes of special wines mature, where the luscious smell of the maturing fruit spreads and where picturesque villages shimmer among the green hills. When the bora wind blows in the valley, it is wise to find shelter in one of the numerous wine cellars and taste the delicacies produced by the Vipava soil. And when the sun caresses the landscape again, it is time to wander – on foot or by bicycle, any time of the year. This Slovenian Aurora which is awakening in all its beauty was noticed by the world-established travel guide book publisher Lonely Planet, which placed it on the list of top ten destinations in Europe which it recommends to visitors this year.
Vipava Valley – Uniquely Different. Any Time of the Year.
The Vipava Valley, shaped by the sun and the bora wind. Experience its homeliness and hospitality. Choose your favourite activities in nature, taste the traditional cuisine. Any Time of the Year.
The wealth of wine varieties
The Vipava Valley has always been known as a wine-growing region. For centuries wine growing has been deep-rooted in this tiny piece of Slovenia and based on tradition, new innovative wine stories emerge which are very successful at international competitions. You will be thrilled about the wealth of the Vipava Valley wine varieties. In addition to numerous well-known wine varieties, you will also encounter special wine varieties – the indigenous Zelen, which is very popular among the locals, Pinela, an old wine variety, which can only be found in the Vipava Valley, Klarnica, a “boutique” wine variety, which has been revived again, and other wine varieties. Visit one of the many wine cellars, wine shops and osmica events in the Vipava Valley and experience the quality of the Vipava wines, enriched by the sun and the bora wind.
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... and since this well-known Slovenian saying implies that one needs to eat something (tasty), it is suggested that while exploring the cultural and natural peculiarities of the Vipava Valley, you should visit the kind locals, tourist farms or selected restaurants, where you will be offered some of the characteristic Vipava Valley dishes and treats. These dishes most certainly include the authentic Vipava Valley jota, the dry-cured Vipava Valley prosciutto and those with a sweet-tooth are in for a treat with the delicious štruklji (rolled dumplings) and sweet strudels made of flavoursome fruits from the Vipava Valley. If you are looking for a real culinary experience, you can visit the selected restaurants of the Vipava Valley.
The Vipava Valley as seen by visitors
The green Vipava Valley will take your breath away in all seasons. The landscape, covered in vineyards and orchards, with views from high karst plateaus, and pleasant little Vipava Valley villages and towns offers countless motifs that will make their way into your heart. The images of the Vipava Valley caught on camera also find their way to social media. See what the Vipava Valley looks like through the eyes of visitors and browse the selection of the best Instagram posts.
Outdoor activities – all year round
All year round, the Vipava Valley and its plateaus in the hinterland invite hikers. As also recommended by the Lonely Planet, it is well-worth experiencing on a bike on guided tours with pit stops, where you can taste the Vipava Valley’s culinary treasures. Even if you have adrenaline cravings, you will find satisfaction here, both in the air as well as on firm ground. For more relaxed moments, you can cast a fishing line in the Vipava River and its tributaries.
Hiking all year round
Which way would you take? Climb up the high plateaus in the east and the north of the Vipava Valley and enjoy the views all the way to the sea. Surrender to the dreamy image of the Vipava Valley hills, scattered with vineyards, orchards, meadows and appealing villages. Join hikers on organised hikes.More
Free fly over the landscape
Outstanding thermal conditions at the Vipava Valley attract numerous paragliders and hang-gliders. Fly from one of the popular and registered take-off points – Kovk and Lijak. If you are a little less bold, you can fly in a tandem.More
Even when other climbing routes are covered in snow, you can put on your climbing shoes and your climbing harness and climb up the steep walls above the valley. In addition to the popular natural climbing routes, you can also climb the artificial walls and numerous erratic blocks. Some climbing sites lie in shady areas and they are a pleasantly cool haven.More
Catch your moment of happiness
The Vipava River and its tributaries are considered one of the most beautiful places for fishing. The clear waters host many species of fish, from the Soča trout to the pike. Obtain a fishing permit and enjoy the fishing in the wonderful green nature.More
Book your experience
Spend your vacation in Mediterranean and Karst Slovenia. Set out to explore the landscape and its tastes and enjoy the gentle Mediterranean climate all year round. Choose and book your holiday today!
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A hint for a trip
While exploring the Vipava Valley, you can also visit neighbouring Brda or the Karst and only a few kilometres away you will reach the sea or you can follow the Soča River upstream to find the Alpine mountain tops rising above the Soča Valley. Visit the stunning Postojna Cave or hang around with the elegant white Lipizzaner horses in Lipica.