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Julian Alps travel guide
A new breed of tourist is arriving in the Julian Alps. They come in a large coach, stay for a night around Lake Bled, snap a selfie to show they’ve ticked off Slovenia, and then leave. But staying longer unlocks the Slovenian secrets that the whistle-stop tours miss. Photographers, for instance, can make the most of misty mornings and dew-dropped spiders’ webs; cross country skiers can take their time to shush across Slovenia’s snow-covered trails; and hikers and bikers can access no end of trails through spruce forests and over alpine pastures bedecked in wild orchids, edelweiss and the occasional chamois goat.
From visits to local beekeepers to farmhouse hosts who welcome you down to breakfast by asking, “What kind of eggs do you like?” – our holidays in the Julian Alps offer authentic alpine experiences either side of summer.
Our Julian Alps trips invite travellers to stay for longer as part of a small group or on a tailor made ski or e-bike holiday. You’ll get to enjoy life in an alpine village, like Gozd Martuljek and Kranjska Gora, as well as getting to know hosts, like Brigita, and local guides and activity instructors, like Andrej Kralj, who are now able to work in the area that they grew up in, all year round.
The Julian Alps are...
for exploring the whole year round, not just in the winter or summer.
The Julian Alps aren’t...
one of many countries to be ticked off on a whistle-stop European tour.
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Snow tends to fall from December to April, especially in alpine areas, and then thaws to allow outdoor activities like mountain biking and hiking to take over from cross country skiing and frozen photography.
One of Europe’s oldest national parks, Mount Triglav, forms the centrepiece to Slovenia's Julian Alps and despite some tourists believing that Lake Bled is the be all and end all, we beg to differ.
As soon as the thaw kicks in, Slovenians kick on their walking shoes; ski resorts return to being alpine villages and guest house hosts get ready to welcome walkers with home cooked breakfasts and packed lunches for the trail.
Single gravel tracks and tarmac rural roads in Triglav National Park are well-maintained and well-signposted, which adds up to a whole lot of love in Slovenia for cycling in the Julian Alps.
Cross country skiers, snowshoe shufflers and eager tobogganists are exploring the snow-covered slopes around ski resorts like Vogel, whilst photographers are making the most of an uncrowded Lake Bled.
Take your tripod, macro lens and polarising filter on a photography tour in the Julian Alps and you’ll return with more snaps of lakeside reflections and snow-capped mountain peaks than you ever thought possible.