Steph’s week in Slovenia (Part One)
Published: 29 June 2017
Slovenia – to be honest it’s not a country that’s previously been on my radar as a holiday destination. But after seeing pictures of the beautiful Vintgar gorge and Lake Bled in the Flexicover newsletter I was intrigued to discover more. So when my husband and I started thinking about where to head for the May half term break with our two girls (aged ten and five), the fact this was somewhere different was definitely part of the attraction.
Well I’m happy to report that Slovenia didn’t disappoint. From its friendly people, to the magnificent vistas of the Julian Alps, and the super laidback but buzzing city of Ljubljana, we’d recommend heading there without hesitation.
Being skiers we’d always said it would be good to experience the mountains outside of the winter season so we chose to base ourselves just outside Kranjska Gora at the Spik Alpine Wellness Resort, where our room, in the 4 star section, afforded magnificent views of the mountains from the balcony while also offering three swimming pools, a spa and different activities.
Hiring a car is a must as it’s so easy to get around and enabled us to really explore the area.
Some of our highlights included:
Mountain Biking – dedicated, well maintained cycles paths offer an easy way for all the family to head out on two wheels. We hired bikes from our hotel. If you’re looking for more of an adrenaline rush, there’s Kranjska Gora Bike Park, where you can use the chair lift to take you and your bike up the mountain and then enjoy the thrill of hurtling back down.
Vintgar gorge – a wooden walkway makes trekking through this achingly pretty one mile long ravine a breeze, with photo ops at every turn.
Lake Bled – visiting here after the gorge, we stopped at a restaurant (Restavracija Penzion Mlino) situated opposite where the boats are moored in readiness to row tourists across to Bled Island. Not only was the food scrummy but we were able to leave our car in the car park during our visit. Once on the Island you get 40mins to explore which was fine as it isn’t that big but was busy.
Lake Bohinj – while Lake Bled is certainly picturesque and definitely worth a visit, we preferred Lake Bohinj as it was quieter and offered more to do. We headed up on a cable car to mount Vogel (6,306ft) where you certainly feel on top of the world and get great views of the area including Triglav (which is the mountain on the Slovenian flag). Great service and delicious food was enjoyed at nearby Gostiche Erlah with its lovely terrace and fab wooden play area. Back at the Lake we hired a canoe and headed out onto the water which was great fun.
Vrsic Pass – take in the stunning mountain scenery around the 50 hairpin bends on this road that cuts through the heart of the park and leads down to the Soca river with its mesmerizingly blue waters. A must-do!