Slovenia could be described as a dream destination for cycling, but at the same time we are constantly asked what exactly is what makes the small country of Central Europe so very unique.
We would say that its greatest specialty is probably the diversity of terrains and landscapes that are suitable for both young and young at heart. It is no wonder that two big cycling names - Primož Roglič and Tadej Pogačar - come from Slovenia.
Countries that could be compared to Slovenia in terms of their natural diversity could probably be counted on the fingers of one hand.
Stunning alpine trails as well as cycling parks, cycling among vineyards in Dolenjska and Prekmurje or offering long cycling trails for a test.
In Slovenia, none of the above is missing. In fact, there is something for everyone. A great advantage is the above-mentioned small radius of different regions or the small size of Slovenia in general, which in its beauty offers travelers, due to the favorable Mediterranean climate, the opportunity to explore the landscape on two wheels almost all year round.
Do you still remember the race in France?
Sovenians can be grateful for the new synonym of successful road cycling, which was brought to our small countries by Roglič and Pogačar. The cycling race around Slovenia also showed how great the pleasures of road cycling Slovenia can create.
If you remember the words of the first paragraph, when we wrote that there is a suitable cycling route for everyone and you somehow didn't feel yourself in road cycling, don't worry. Slovenia also promises unforgettable experiences for more adrenaline-fueled cyclists.
Such is, for example, the Vršič pass, which reaches 1,611 meters and has, like the famous ascent to the Alpe d'Huez, 50 numbered turns.
Let us comfort you, it is much easier to go to the valley, and at the top of Vršič you can enjoy wonderful Slovenian cuisine. Good enough motivation to take on the challenge?
Slovenian mountain bike trails are suitable for both beginners and top cyclists, but you will find most of them in Carinthia, where you can enjoy the abundance of mountain roads, forest trails and cart tracks, which are a real challenge for experienced cyclists.
Under the mighty Peca you can ride a mountain bike even underground, but you can also choose a bicycle park where you will enjoy the natural features of the north of Slovenia.
Let us also trust you that many Slovenian cycling routes are not exclusively for experienced cyclists, but are also friendly for beginners and families.
You can go for a ride by the sea or under the mighty peaks of Slovenian mountains and riverbeds. You can explore the slopes of the only national park in Slovenia and in this way connect gastronomy and sustainability.
Exploring cities by bike is also interesting, and Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is ranked among the most cyclist-friendly cities in the world and offers more than 230 km of marked cycling routes. Maribor is also a great place to explore by bike, especially the Old Vine Trail, which will take you from the oldest vine in the world in the city center all the way to the Styrian vineyards.
In the last few years, the trend of exploring landscapes with e-bikes has grown significantly, and Slovenia has also benefited from innovations, which have made it easier and more accessible for travelers to explore their landscapes.
E-bikes are especially interesting for exploring hilly parts, especially in windy conditions, and at the same time this way is green, active and healthy.
The great advantage of e-bikes is that a group of cyclists travel together, without waiting long, especially in the stunning landscapes of Bela krajina or the wine-growing valley of Posavje and between the thermal springs of Dolenjska and the Mediterranean settlements of Istria.
If you’re going on a bike trip for a few more days, don’t worry. Slovenia has many cyclist-friendly hotels, hostels, boarding houses and other accommodation at your disposal, and you are always welcome here, in Bela krajina, at the Kolpa Glamping Resort.
Since food is also important on the way, which ensures the strength of cyclists, we can make your day better, because in this case, too, Slovenia is the right solution. In 2021, it received the title of European Gastronomic Region 2021 and is considered one of the most culinary exciting countries in Europe.
And if you happen to crave a different cycling experience, this small country offers many macadam paths that will, especially if you are planning a longer ride on two bikes, impress you with the diversity of the Slovenian landscape.