The scope for outdoor adventure in Slovenia’s Julian Alps, Kamnik-Savinja Alps and the Karavanke is almost limitless. Many of the most popular hiking routes are in Triglav National Park, including moderate trails to Triglav Lakes and more challenging climbs on 2,864m Triglav (Slovenia’s highest mountain) along with a whole slew of other peaks, such as 2,332m Mala Mojstrovka and 2,645m Jalovec, with exposed sections secured by cables and steel pegs. Slovenia’s hugely rewarding long-distance hiking trails range from the gentle Juliana and the many trails that weave through the Soča valley to the hardcore challenge of the Slovenian Mountain Trail.
Cyclists can test their legs on the stiff climb to the 1,611m Vršič Pass, over a succession of 50 hairpins – or for something even more strenuous, there’s the road to the Mangart Pass (Slovenia’s highest paved road), which tops out at 2,072m. In either case you can expect vast panoramas of the spiky peaks, saw-tooth ridges and steep-sided valleys which make up this part of the Julian Alps. For a more sedate ride, head for the Logar Valley, or there’s Bike Slovenia Green – an easy 240km cycle tour from Kranjska Gora to the Adriatic, linking places awarded the Slovenian Green certificate, in recognition of their commitment to sustainability. Tržič, Kranjska Gora, the Idrija and Cerkno Hills and many other areas boast a plethora of mountain bike trails, covering all abilities from beginner to daredevil. In the Koroška region, you can even take a subterranean ride through disused mining tunnels beneath Mt Peca.
There’s also plenty to do on the water – join a kayak adventure or try white water rafting on the River Soča, or hire a canoe or kayak on Lake Bohinj.