The land of Lipizzaner horses and Ljutomer trotters
Equestrianism and horseback riding in Slovenia have a centuries-old tradition thanks to the Lipica Stud Farm, the cradle of the world-famous Lipizzaner horses. Numerous equestrian centres, tourist farms and ranches offer you the experience of Slovenia in the saddle.
Horse lovers must not miss a visit to the Lipica Stud Farm, where the noble white horses known as Lipizzaners, have been raised for more than four hundred years. Lipizzaners delight fans of classical riding according to the principles of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, with sport dressage and horse-drawn rides. Experienced riders will really enjoy it here. If you don’t yet know how to ride, the equestrian centres provide various lessons.
An important equestrian and horseback riding town in Slovenia is Ljutomer from where the Ljutomer trotter originates. These are fast horses used for harness racing. On the hippodrome in Ljutomer, at least four important harness races are organised every year. The breed of American trotters also arouses admiration at the Brdo Breeding Centre, where the best Slovenian horses and riders compete every year on the sand racing track before packed grandstands.
Bohinj offers excellent terrains both for beginners and experienced riders. Trail riding is also excellent for exploring Bohinj, since at the same time you can see the various natural and cultural attractions. Riding tours vary from short ascents of low hills up to a full day of horseback riding on Pokljuka. Trail riding is possible in all seasons.
Bled and its surroundings offer numerous opportunities for lovers of horses and horseback riding. At the hippodrome between Bled and Lesce, riding horses and horseback riding teachers are available by prior arrangement.
Maribor – Pohorje
On horseback through the unspoilt nature of Pohorje Hills, exciting riding tours for beginners and experienced riders, ponies and carriage rides for children, horse riding clubs that organise riding schools, courses, exams, competitions, trail riding ... Something for every lover of horses and horseback riding!
Take a horseback ride or visit a riding school, try dressage riding or jumping over obstacles. In summer, riding camps are popular. Here children sleep in the hay barn and interact with horses all day; they feed them, clean the stables, lead horses to exercise and, of course, ride in the arena and go trail riding.
Horseback riders can visit Kočevje and descended to Kostel Castle. From the hills of Bela Krajina climb to the top of Gorjanci Hills, then descend past the meadows to Pleterje and its hot springs, explore the mysterious Radulja Valley and ride past the "sleeping beauty" at Mirna to Suha krajina and the valley of the River Krka.
For visitors to the Posavje Region who love horseback riding through diverse nature, horseback riding trails have been established on hills and valleys. Six different trails are available. Along the routes are huts with berths for horses, fully stocked with hay and water.
Also explore other activities
You will most certainly be able to find many other opportunities to spend your holiday in nature. See some additional recommendations, and get excited about the new adventures that await you.
Cycling and biking
Explore Slovenia by bike. Riding amid the hills and plains, mountain peaks and forests, along the coast and the karst landscape and along the rivers and lakes of Slovenia is a lushly verdant fairy tale. Different trails are suitable for on-road and off-road biking.
Spend your holiday in the heart of mountainous Slovenia. Walk through vibrant and untouched nature that is criss-crossed by 10,000 kilometres of marked and arranged hiking trails. You can choose from 175 mountain huts or spend your nights in hotels and camps for hikers.
Slovenia is a country of smaller ski resorts that are family-friendly and suitable for beginners, children and experienced skiers alike. Numerous ski schools and ski instructors, who speak different languages, will make sure that you really enjoy the snow.
Treat yourself to a swim in some of the many thermal spas and swimming pools. In summer, take a dip in the sea, lakes or rivers. Slovenia is rich in natural water resources. Visit Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj or one of the many natural swimming areas located on the coast.
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