Explore the less traveled Vipava valley

Explore the less traveled Vipava valley

When people travel to Slovenia, the common travel desire menu is to visit lake Bled, Ljubljana, Postojna caves and Piran town on the coastline. Those who do a bit of a research on Slovenia head to Soca valley to do some adrenaline sports and touch the Julian Alps. The foodies hit the road towards Goriska brda region. But Slovenia, squeezed between Austria, Italy, Hungary and Croatia, offers more and can suit different tastes. Are you ready to explore and experience more?!

Hit the road and explore less traveled Vipava valley. Vipava valley is a narrow valley on the western part of Slovenia. Due to its transit location on the crossroads, it is neglected by many visitors. That makes it even more idyllic and unique.

Popular for winter sports enthusiasts is the destination of Kranjska Gora, located in the northwest of Slovenia. During the winter, Kranjska Gora is busy with visitors who ski and snowboard in the resort of Vitranc, taking advantage of the frequent snowfall and the steep trails. Summer is just as appealing, however, thanks to challenging hikes and the opportunity to rent mountain bikes in the area. Even if you’re not into outdoor sports, Kranjska Gora is a scenic spot to unwind, relax in upscale hotels and dine at world-class restaurants appealing to travelers from around the globe.

Lake Bled is one of the most visited attractions in Slovenia. The beautiful views of the lake and the small island it surrounds brings thousands of visitors every year. The best way to reach the island is taking pletna, a traditional gondola in the Bled area. Once on the island, visitors must walk up ninety-nine steps to reach the island’s church. It is considered good luck to ring the church’s bell when visiting the island.

Looking for Vipava valley rooms? Vipava Valley … Nearly forgotten, this historic local variety has been experiencing a welcome resurgence. It is being grown in petite amounts by winemakers familiar with traditional viticulture. With its slightly orange colour, Klarnica catches the eye while its rich and opulent flavour caresses the spirit, conjuring up legends of old ….

Slovenia’s wine regions may not be well known internationally but a visit can be just as rewarding as exploring the wineries of Tuscany, and you’ll avoid the crowds. We visited the Vipava Valley just an hour’s drive south of the capital Ljubljana but it feels far away from city life. Here we discovered karst hills and vines heavy with grapes, terracotta roofed villages and gothic churches, gourmet food using local produce, and of course many excellent wines.

Our day began in Vipava, the principal town of the region, with less than 2000 inhabitants. In the main square men were drinking beer in the pavement cafes at 10am on a weekday and the town had a sleepy unhurried air. Rugged karst mountains, limestone protruding from the green-blue forest, are the backdrop to the town of simple but elegant white and pastel buildings all with terracotta roofs.

The Triglav National Park, named after the country’s tallest mountain, is the only National Park in Slovenia. With beautiful views of the mountains, hills, lakes, rivers, and pastures, this park is a nature lover’s paradise. Aside from hiking, Triglav National Park offers great activities such as kayaking, rafting, skydiving, and parasailing.

Sticna Abbey, built in 1136, is home to the oldest monastery in Slovenia. This monastery houses the Slovenian Museum of Religion, which presents the Sticna Monastery’s history and the history of the Roman Catholic religion in Slovenia. The monks at Sticna Abbey are excellent tea-makers, and because of this, the monastery houses a little tearoom, where visitors can try and buy tea.

PIRAN: It is said that Piran is to the Adriatic what Bled is to the Alps and what Slovenia as a whole is to Central Europe: tiny, friendly and overwhelmingly picturesque. With Slovenia’s nest square and one of Europe’s most dramatically situated churches, there is plenty to fall in love with here.

VIPAVA VALLEY: Vipava valley is covered with charming little towns and villages. Wander around photogenic villages of Goce, Podnanos, Vipavski kriz just to mention few of them. Clustered villages with narrow cobblestone streets boast with outstanding stone cutting and architectural heritage. You will never be alone here because locals like to interact with foreigners. The locals are extremely hospitable. Are you ready to enter their wine cellars?!. For rooms/accomodations please check Borea rooms Budanje.

POSTOJNA CAVE: With more than 20km of galleries already found within, Postojna is home to the most visited show cave in Europe. Open every day all year long, only a fraction of these galleries are open to the public, but it is di cult to do justice to the majesty of the caves with mere words.

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