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A Long Weekend in Western Slovenia

Miha Gazvoda

A Long Weekend in Western Slovenia

Collection by Miha Gazvoda

4

Tours

18:55 h

224 mi

15,525 ft

This four-day road bike trip (which can be extended to a six-day round tour) will take you through the most beautiful parts of Slovenia: capital Ljubljana, the alpine world (Gorenjska) with Lake Bled, Soča Valley, the Gorizia Hills (Slovenian Tuscany), and Slovenian Seaside. Not only the surroundings, but even the paths have everything you could wish for. They are well-paved roads with low traffic and cozy bike paths. I bet you would enjoy the ride even with your eyes fixed on the road! You can arrive in Ljubljana via bus or train. You can also use Airport Ljubljana or nearby airports that are bigger, such as Venetian ones or Trieste Airport. At the end of the Tour, you take a train or bus back to Ljubljana from Koper. However, if you have the energy for two more days, I advise you to cycle back to Ljubljana. The route is not full of attractions, however, it's still worth it. The best is to go to Postojna through Črni Kal and Divača. There you can visit the Postojna Cave Park. For the last day, I recommend you to do a beautiful climb with lots of hairpins through Cerknica and Rakitna - a plateau with a coniferous forest. The best time for the trip is late spring or early autumn because in July and August the places are full of tourists. Don't be too early or too late. Keep in mind that you'll be up to 1000m above sea level and it can get pretty cold in the alpine world.Besides standard accommodation I suggest you to check tourist farms (farmtourism.si) for a local experience. Bear in mind that wild camping is prohibited.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Ljubljana - Bled

    Intermediate
    03:05
    38.6 mi
    12.5 mph
    2,175 ft
    1,550 ft
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    A few kilometers on cycle paths will take you out of Ljubljana. Then continue in the countryside with low traffic. Don't forget to look to the north to see the Alps!

    

    After 30 km you can sightsee the beautiful city center of Kranj. Afterward, the terrain will be more rolling - but nothing serious. You

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  • Difficult
    05:24
    58.9 mi
    10.9 mph
    5,125 ft
    5,200 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    From one attraction to the other ones. But you'll have to work for them! From Bled you head uphill to Radovna Valley, where you can enjoy the nature almost without other traffic. At the end of it, you have a short killer ascent with up to 20 % slope.

    

    In Mojstrana, you join a cycling path that goes all

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  • Difficult
    04:33
    55.7 mi
    12.3 mph
    4,100 ft
    4,775 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The keyword for this tour is Soča. If you haven't visited it during your stay in Bovec, now you have time to admire its beauty. You ride next to the river for almost 80 km. Most of it will be on local low traffic roads and scenic bike paths without any difficult climbs. Take a refreshing dip in the river

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  • Difficult
    05:53
    70.8 mi
    12.0 mph
    4,125 ft
    4,950 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    After rolling terrain in Brda, you'll pass (Nova) Gorica, two cities bounded together, one in Slovenia, one in Italy. 

    

    35 km into the tour you'll start with the climb to the Karst Plateau. Your goal will be Štanjel, a medieval village with cute little streets (without traffic) with a view of the Vipava

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    224 mi
  • Duration
    18:55 h
  • Elevation
    15,525 ft

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