Bike through Slovenia
Photos by: I Feel Slovenia
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.
Mediterranean & Karst Slovenia
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.
Thermal Pannonian Slovenia
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.
Lovers of on-road biking can find interesting trails that lead you across various terrains, so you can choose to experience a different adventure every time.
You can bike on more than 150 km of biking trails with various difficulty levels. If you want to experience your adrenaline pumping, visit a bike park in Kranjska Gora offering freestyle mountain biking options and an adrenaline-fuelled ride across tables, jumps, swings, and other obstacles.
Bovec is one of the most beautiful biking destinations with some of the most well-known mountain and on-road tours, some of which stretch to nearly 100 km. Numerous biking trails (a total of 395 km), which lead through the prettiest corners of the Bovec Region, offer pleasure both for recreational cyclists and for mountain bikers.
Maribor – the Pohorje Hills
You can bike along the River Drava, on the wine-growing rolling hills or the Kozjak Hills, on the forest trails of the Pohorje Hills, in bike courses and on downhill trails. This area offers more than 1000 km of biking trails, from simple to advanced ones, from flat to mountain ones, from downhill to uphill ones, from sports to family ones.
Tolmin and Kobarid
The towns of Kobarid and Tolmin are located where the Mediterranean, the Dinaric, and the Alpine worlds meet, and they offer no less than 73 biking routes. These routes run through the Soča Valley, along the River Nadiža and above it, through the Baška Grapa Valley, the Trebuša Valley, across the Šentvid Plateau, and even cross the former border into the Slavia Friulana Region. The routes are 20 to 50 km long and they are divided into three difficulty categories.
This 20 km long and 5 km wide valley surrounded by a picturesque mountain range with mountain pastures offers many opportunities for trips with various difficulty levels. Lake Bohinj is suitable for family biking as well as for more advanced mountain and on-road bikers.
The Idrijsko and Cerkljansko Regions
Ride into a landscape of adventures and peace, through untouched nature, past crystal clear rivers, and meet the friendly locals. You can choose to go on either short and easy or long and difficult routes. This dynamic region with distinct untouched nature has numerous trails and a recognisable cultural and technological heritage. Also visit the Javornik Bike Park with “freeride” and downhill programmes.
Zreče and Rogla Plateau
214 km of biking trails in the middle of nature, in the pleasant and mild highland climate, on many marked and unmarked biking trails, which you can also explore with modern navigational devices. The biking routes have two main starting points: Zreče with the Terme Zreče Spa and the Rogla Ski Resort.
The Posavje Region and Brežice
For families, occasional cyclists, and advanced recreational cyclists, this is an excellent destination for mountain and on-road biking. Individual biking trails are from 15 to 60 km long, and more than 1500 km of biking trails are available in total. Each route also has a shorter version and all routes are interconnected.
The Dolenjska Region
Numerous biking routes run along the River Krka, leading you through wonderful nature, past natural, cultural, and historical sites. There are 12 circular trails with the starting point in Šmarješke Toplice or at Hotels Otočec. Some are more than 65 km long. In total, there are more than 540 km of biking trails available.