Thursday, 28 April 2016

Fairytale adventures in Kranjska Gora!

The lively adventures of the Julian Alps are waiting for you in Kranjska Gora and its surroundings. You can try countless adventures, from an active holiday to a peaceful discovering of nature and the cultural heritage. You can discover the mystery of well-being in the rich wellness offer, attend business and social meetings or take your family to explore the mystical past of the Zgornjesavska valley. You will never be bored.

@Foto: Jošt Gantar; www.kranjska-gora.si  
The Nordic Centre Planica is an exceptional environment for continuing the Slovenian tradition of ski jumping and flying, as well as for cross-country training and competing. Within the framework of the Nordic Centre Planica, seven new ski jumping hills with facilities were built. The ski jumping hill built by brothers Gorišek was also renovated. The central building, which represents the centre for cross-country skiing and ski jumping, comprises a viewing platform, the Planica Museum on two floors, a wind tunnel and catering facilities. 

@Foto: ZŠRS Planica; www.kranjska-gora.si  
In addition to cross-country skiing tracks outside in the winter months, it is also possible to use the covered cross-country skiing polygon in the warmer months.

Are you up for an adventure? Jump down the largest ski jumping hill in the world with the Planica Zipline! The youngest visitors can have fun in the adrenaline park aimed at children, as well as in the children's corner in the central cross-skiing facility. Take a guided tour through the central facility and its surroundings!

@Foto: Jošt Gantar; www.kranjska-gora.si  
One of the most beautiful Slovenian cycling paths lead from Rateče through Kranjska Gora, past the Gozd Martuljek up to Mojstrana. The route is very picturesque, since it partly leads along an abandoned railway route over many bridges, and is almost entirely isolated from motor traffic. Without demanding ascents, with inns and pleasant resting places it is suitable for children as well. 

Hostel Barovc is on the Outskirts of the Triglav National Park, above the Jasna lakes and right at the foothills of the Julian Alps is a paradise for hikers, skiers, snowboarders, cyclists, climbers, nature lovers, adrenaline enthusiasts … and right here is Hostel Barovc!

@Hostel Barovc
You can find more about events in Tourist destination Kranjska Gora on www.kranjska-gora.si


Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Come to Slovenia! Wroclaw to Venice and back for 50 Euros

Ryanair always offer good prices so a return flight from Wroclaw to Venice wasn’t a surprise. In summer months you can visit Venice (and beautiful Slovenia) for about 50 euros, which is more than a good price.

@Author - Barbara Kožar; www.slovenia.info
Have you checked the blog HI Slovenia lately? We recommend you take a look and see what you can see in Slovenia, which is very close to Venice and full of surprises if you haven’t been there yet. There you will find what to see, where to go and what to do. But if you want some actual advice, keep on reading. If you like fascinating views, architecture, history, cycling and rock climbing, you can head to the valley of Glinščica, which reaches the bay of Trieste. Since we almost touched Italian Karst, you should see the Slovenian Karst. The lakes are real natural wonder. Mysterious lakes appear and disappear, depending on the season. The Cerknica Lake is the largest seasonal lake in Europe and there are 17 more in Pivka valley. There you will also find museums, collections, castles, which will tell you the stories of past life. You can also take a hike on Krpan trail, where you will follow the footsteps of the mighty salt smuggler who defeated the Turk army (maybe read the story first). Of course Slovenia offers a lot of beautiful cities, but today let’s focus on another valley. Our volunteer Katja Kovič wrote about Ljubno ob Savinji and took us to this magical place. She recommends you to try potica and a Slovenian culinary specialty savinjski želodec (some kind of salami). Or just read more about it here, or better, see for yourself.

@Author - Tomo Jeseničnik; www.slovenia.info
There are hostels to accompany your trip so don’t hesitate to come to Slovenia. You will find beautiful nature, kind people and amazing adventures. Book the flight ticket and a hostel and you’re ready to go.



Thursday, 21 April 2016

Beautiful weather and beautiful Slovenia

The weather is getting warmer and nature is calling you to visit it and explore it. Slovenia warmly welcomes every visitor with beautiful nature and kind people. Everywhere you go you will find something new – let this be thermal water in Radenci or Triglav National Park in all its beauty. Curious? Visit beautiful Slovenia.

@Author - Ales Zdesar; www.slovenia.info
So you like what you’re hearing and you already saw on Blog Say HI to Slovenia that the plane tickets to Slovenia aren’t that expensive? Well let’s look at some hostels then. In the centre of Krško you will find Hostel Krško, which can accommodate the young and the old, groups and lonely travellers. Nearby hills offer good cycling trails (the hostel can store your bike) and hiking trails. In the city, there’re museums, galleries, but some say that Krško is a cultural attraction itself. And of course, like everywhere else in Slovenia, you will find some tourist farm with lots of good food and company (and wine). 

Another small city with good hostel is Kamnik. Hostel Pod Skalo is located in a town house, which hosts people since 18th century. There are 10 rooms available and each one is something special, but you will have to check that yourself. Nearby there is swimming pool, tennis court and beach volleyball court or you can go on a hike to the old castle with the Roman chapel. 

@Author-Matej Vranič; www.slovenia.info
Now let’s head to Ravne na Koroškem to hostel Punkl, a low energy consuming building with natural and bioclimatic characteristics of its surroundings. From here you can discover natural treasures of Koroška, its rich cultural treasures, visit the birth house of one of the greatest Slovenian’s writers Prežihov Voranc or simply hike, cycle or mountain climb in the region. 

As you may know, Slovenia’s got it all – sea, lakes, mountains. And if you want to go to the sea, visit Hostel Panorama Portorož. You can find it on a hill over Portorož so you have a great starting point to also visit Piran or Beli Križ (White Cross). Slovenian coast is pretty small, so you also have a chance to visit other seaside cities like Izola, which is a city with a lot of charm or Koper with its port.

@Author - Barbara Kožar; www.slovenia.info
As I mentioned, Slovenia has it all. So go up to the mountains to Bohinj and stay at Youth Hostel Koča Suha, which was completely renovated in 2013. It is located in Triglav National Park so you can expect beautiful panorama, views and untouched nature. There’s a lot of activities here. You can go hiking, biking, rafting, canyoning, canoeing or just lay on the beach by the Lake Bohinj. 

@Author-Matej Vranič; www.slovenia.info
Let’s head to Prekmurje. There you will also find beautiful nature and lots of adventure. You can go rafting on Mura or go on a learning path or ride horses. Tourist farms are also very well developed here with a lot of interesting activities and good food. You can stay in hostel Radenci, where you will also find a spa, which became famous in 19th century. Relax and spoil yourself with a day in a spa.


Friday, 15 April 2016

From Paris to Venice (and back) for around 30 euros

Did you ever visit Italy? Maybe you have, but we have one more question for you. Did you ever visit Slovenia, which is really, really close to Venice, where you can fly to from Paris in May for only 30 Euros. Sure, Slovenia isn’t really a known European country, but it is really beautiful. You can fly from Paris to Venice with Ryanair and then get a ride from GoOpti and come to Slovenia. Or rent a car, get on a train, whatever.

@Author - Ana Pogačer; www.slovenia.info
We offer a lot. You can read something about it here, where we wrote about all the beautiful things Slovenia offers and here, where we wrote about biking trails. And today, we want to tell you something about our cities, or better to say, towns. The capital of Slovenia is Ljubljana. And then there is university town Maribor, which offers a lot of fascinating history. Maybe the romance by river Drava will convince you or the Old Vine House with some great wines. If you go about 30 minutes out of Maribor, you will find Ptuj, the oldest Slovenian city with its foundation traced back to the Stone Age. You will find beautiful landscapes pretty much everywhere, but for some special things, you should go to Gorenjska region. Bled, Bohinj and their surroundings are simply beautiful. Check 5 reasons to visit Bled or a travelogue of Radovljica, another charming town in Gorenjska. Of course you will want to see the sea. While on the way, stop by Idrija to see some beautiful lace. Idrija is also the oldest Slovenian mining town. For the end, stop in Izola, a beautiful seaside town with a lot of charm and opportunities to relax.

@Author - Matej Vranič; www.slovenia.info
Did we convince you? We can also tell you that there is a hostel in every single town that we mentioned. Check it here and book your stay. Say HI to Slovenia!


Friday, 8 April 2016

From Corfu (Greece) to Slovenia for 74 euros!

Did you always want to see Slovenia but never knew how to get here? Sure, the plane tickets to Ljubljana, its capital aren’t cheap but you can fly to Venice in May, see the beautiful Italian city and then head to Slovenia. Plane tickets with Ryanair will cost you around 74 euros. What are you waiting for?

@Author - Ales Zdesar; www.slovenia.info
Oh, to show you something worth seeing? Yes, we are small, but we actually have it all – beautiful lakes, the sea, hills, mountains, cities so Slovenia is worth exploring. Maybe you know the Big Blog Exchange that happens every year. He came to Slovenia and explored it in 10 days. And he also vlogged about it. You can check it out in part one and part two for some inspiration what to visit. But I was talking about lakes, sea and mountains, right? Yes, you can visit all this in one country. You can read about the seaside and the city Izola in this blog. And while you’re there, visit Piran for some small-town charm and great views. Next are the mountains. If you’re brave, you can climb on Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia. Or if you’re not that adventurous, visit Peca or go to Kamnik-Savinja Alps and Velika Planina and read this blog for some tips. If you want to stay on solid ground and still see some beautiful mountains, visit Bled, Bohinj and Radovljica, where you can stay in a hostel Radovljica, which was once a renaissance castle. We covered sea with Piran, lakes with Bohinj and Bled and mountains with Peca, Triglav or Velika Planina? Is that convincing enough to visit Slovenia? I think so!

@Author - Alan Kosmač Sidarta d.o.o.; www.slovenia.info
Of course there are some great hostels in almost every part of Slovenia so you won’t go broke. Check yourself and visit a wonderful part of this beautiful world!