The dynamic landscapes of Slovenia, with their countless natural beauties, are ideal for a biking holiday. Here, you are sure to find trails suitable for you, your friends, and your family. Due to the influence of the Mediterranean climate, you can go biking in Slovenia almost all year round.
Ljubljana and its surroundings
The Ljubljana Marshes Nature Park, where the remains of the several thousand-years-old culture of pile-dwellers were discovered, leading to the area being placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list, is an excellent cycling destination. An ascent to Velika Planina, the highest mountain plateau in Slovenia, which has one of the few herdsmen’s settlements still extant in Europe, also delights with its wonderful views.
A special experience on the Slovenian coast is a ride on Parenzana or Porečanka, a picturesque cycling route running along the Sečovlje Salt Pans Landscape Park. The trail bears the name of the Istrian rail between the Italian town of Trieste and the Croatian town of Poreč. Fertile vineyards, orchards and olive groves curve along the route.
An Alpine ride from Bohinj to Bled leads through the unspoiled Triglav National Park. From the Savica Waterfall, which is the spring of the River Sava Bohinjka, and all the way to the iconic Lake Bled, open air cycling is enhanced by one of Slovenia's most beautiful natural landscapes. Treat yourself to the traditional Cream Cake at Lake Bled as a sweet refreshment after cycling. Take on the challenge and ride your bike over Vršič pass and down to the charms of the Soča Valley, or get to know the beauties of Koroška in its wonderful mountain areas, along the Drava River or underground.
The Goričko Regional Park in the north-eastern part of the country beckons you to ride among its picturesque hills, which will appeal primarily to advanced cyclists. In the flatlands between Murska Sobota and Lendava you can choose among several cycling paths that lead among thermal mineral water springs and spas. Enrich your cycling trip by ascending the Vinarium Observation Tower in the Lendavske Gorice Region, which is the highest in the country at almost 54 metres in height. From there you can catch a view of four countries - Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary and Austria. Discover the idyllic world along the Mura River. Stop off at Love Island, visit the floating mill and travel across the river on the ferry. Follow the Drava River through unspoiled nature and urban landscapes from Koroška through the capital of Štajerska, Maribor, to Slovenia’s oldest town, Ptuj.
The Bela Krajina Region
In the Bela Krajina Region, cyclists can ride along the River Kolpa, one of the warmest and cleanest rivers in the country, where lush vegetation grows along the banks. Such is its natural wonder that it won the title of EDEN (European Destination of Excellence) in 2010. A part of the river is located in the protected area under the Kolpa Nature Park, where you can also go fishing.
Visit one of the best cycling marathons in the world, the renowned Franja Marathon, which takes place in Ljubljana in June. On the first Saturday of September, you can participate in the Ride to Vršič, where you ride to the highest Slovenian mountain pass. At the Tour of Slovenia, international cycling stars compete each year in stage race cycling events.
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Select your biking destination
There are 14 regions that are particularly suitable for biking, as they meet biking destination standards.
Dynamic Slovenian landscapes offer you a wide range of opportunities to take various biking holidays.
Numerous trails in forests and amidst mountain peaks are suitable for beginners and world-class cyclists. Simply visit one of the many marked biking trails, and adrenaline junkies can also visit multiple locations for downhill rides on mountain bikes.
Take your children to a world that they have never seen before. You can bike on forest trails or on special biking trails. To spend an active and healthy holiday, choose between a mountainous or coastal environment, Pannonian plains or rolling hills.
Choose your biking destination in the different landscapes of Slovenia. Learn about the natural wealth of each region. Biking tours that take you through diverse landscapes, past natural and cultural sites.
Take your bike to bike parks, where you can get your adrenaline pumping and gain new experiences. Discover how well you “master” your bike. Beginners and professionals alike will be happy to ride on the biking trails in the many bike parks.
Gaze into the distance and take a bike ride on picturesque trails. Long-distance trails in Slovenia wind their way through dynamic landscapes in different parts of the country – along the River Drava, on the coast, in the Alpine world, and along the River Mura.
The capital Ljubljana is a charming European city in the midst of unspoilt nature; with colourful history, culture, excellent food and a diverse and vibrant events calendar it makes for a perfect base for a visit to central Slovenia.
Cycling in Slovenia - cycling accommodations and destinations
The publication describes tours for various biking types; here, you can find information on accommodation for bikers, trail difficulty, natural and cultural attractions along the way, and suggestions for biking holidays.