MTB TRANS SLOVENIA 02
The Trans Slovenia 02 biking tour connects some of the most famous Slovenian tourist attractions, yet explores the most hidden and remote parts of the Slovenian hills and mountains. It runs by the famous Lake Bled after passing through one of the most beautiful alpine valleys of Radovna and by yet another alpine pearl, Lake Bohinj, and crossing the Pokljuka plateau with its dense forests and mountain pastures.
Two days of biking through secluded villages in the hills above Škofja Loka are marked by two UNESCO heritage sites, i.e. the Franja Partisan Hospital and the abandoned mercury mine in Idrija. Half way between the two sites lies the town of Cerkno, which is home to a world-famous jazz festival.
The second part of the tour leads through different wine regions. Starting in the Vipava valley, which is home to strong winds, it runs across the Karst region and finishes in Slovenian Istria. The tree climates and three types of terrain make the wines produced in each of the area different, even the ones that are made from the same grape types. Of course, all are worth tasting. Those who would like to explore the fourth wine region in W Slovenia, are advised to book the Trans Slovenia 01 tour.
The highlights of this part include a typical Karst town of Štanjel with its appealing narrow streets, the castle and the delightful garden, the UNESCO-listed, world-famous Škocjan Caves, Mt Slavnik with its stunning views, as well as the Sečovlje Salina Landscape Park with the Sečovlje Saltworks, which are the largest Slovenian salt evaporation pond and one of the rare facilities where salt is still produced in a traditional way. The final destination of the tour is the town of Piran, one of the most well preserved historical towns in the Adriatic and a gem of the Venetian Gothic architecture, which is full of atmospheric winding alleyways, sunsets and seafood restaurants. A week of great biking is guaranteed!
Trans Slovenia 03 is an alternative trail for starting the 2000km long Trans Dinarica tour.
“This adventure is exceptional and exciting – an experience that is very different from everyday life. A step away from our normal and usual environment in order to discover something new that promises to be interesting , fascinating, and in which the outcome is uncertain – as a general definition. However, bikers can use a shorter formula: Trans-Slovenia.” By Uli Stanciu, pioneer of Bike magazine, Trans Alps tourism and BIKE Festivals Riva del Garda and Willingen.