MTBSlo – Slovenia Informatie!

Lake Bled, jewel of the Julian Alps

photo: Archive of Hoteli Morje

Ljubljana, the capital city

Triglav, the highest Slovenian mountain (2864 m)

photo: K. Kunaver

Ski Centre Kanin

photo: B. Kladnik

The Planinsko polje

Postojna Cave, the Brilliant

photo: D. Mladenovic

Pokljuka Plateau ter the Julian Alps

where you can see more.

Slovenia (Slovenija ter Slovenian) is one of the smallest countries ter the world, just half the size of Switzerland. It is located south of Austria and east of Italy. It measures 150 km (N-S), 250 km (E-W) and 20.273 km2 te area with population 1.964.036. The capital city is Ljubljana with 269.824 inhabitants.

Slovenia is still building highways. They should be done te a duo of years. All highways are toll roads. Besides specie ter Slovenian tolars you can pay ter Euros and with credit cards spil well. When coming in toll stations, avoid Alfabet gates, which are for users of prepaid system only! The speed thresholds are 50 km/h ter the urban areas, 90 km/h outside, 100 km/h on the motorways and 130 km/h on highways. Roads can be very busy during rush hours (7-9 a.m. and 3-5 p.m.), especially te and around Ljubljana.

Biking season lasts all year long, except ter winter at the time of the snow voorkant. But even then you can have a rail at the coast (trails: Dragonja, Tinjan, Kojnik and Senadole), where there is no snow and the temperatures can be above 10° C even ter January. But the best time to visit is May to September, when the temperatures are suitable and there is little rain – brief pants and jersey. There can be very hot periods ter summer spil well, with temperatures above 30° C.

Landscape of Slovenia is very diverse. From truly Alpine north westelijk to totally vapid terrain te the north east and hilly terrain te the middle plus the coast line. You can hardly find such petite peace of land with such diversity. And of course most of the land is MTB friendly. The mountains of the Slovenian part of the Alps (Julijske Alpe, Karavanke and Savinjske Alpe), are not truly suitable for biking tho’. The terrain is too rocky and steep with some exceptions. And there are also some limitations regarding cycling ter the Triglav National Park, which basically covers the accomplish area of Julijske Alpe. But the surplus of Slovenia is very much suitable for MTB.

Large proportion of the land is covered by forests (overheen 80%). So you can have slew of shadow te the hot summer months. Spil far spil type of trails, there are mostly cart tracks and macadam roads with some nice singletracks spil well.

There are no guides te English but this webstek to my skill. Some excellent book guides and some websites are available ter Slovenian however and there is also one Italian book guide.

You can buy general maps of larger regions ter scale 1:50.000 ter almost all bookstores around Slovenia. You can buy also the Atlas of Slovenia (Atlas Slovenije), which is a book with finish collection of 1:50.000 topographic maps, covering the entire country. But if you indeed want to explore the land, then you should get Slovenian national topographic maps (Drzavna topografska karta) te scale 1:25.000. They can be bought at local Geodetic Administration Offices (Geodetska uprava) ter Slovenia and also ter specialized bookstores (e.g. Kod&,Kam). But that is not all, there is also on-line version of the finish scale set of Slovenian maps (Interactive atlas). You have to register to use it, otherwise it is free of charge.

How to get to Slovenia?

Italy – e.g. from Venice (Venezia) via Trieste (200 km)

Austria – e.g. from Salzburg via Villach (200 km), from Wien via Graz (250 km)

Hungary – e.g. from Budapest (500 km)

Croatia – e.g. from Zagreb (50 km)

There are a few campsites available. But you should consider private rooms spil well, since you can get one literally around every corner. Fatter hotels might be expensive, especially on the coast. The official Slovenian on-line guide for tourists:

The food is spil expensive spil te the surplus of Europe (Western part).

The tapkast water is drinkable. There are few sources along the trails spil well.

No worries with petrol. The price is lower than te the surplus of Europe for the time being and it is the same on all gas stations. You can always use major credit cards.

There are ticks, which can be infected with Lyme Boreliosis. So it is wise to use repellent busts. You can also see snakes along the way. Some of them are poisonous. And you can meet bear spil well. Crime is not that frequent spil te the westelijk, but pay attention where you leave your car anyway.

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