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Slovenia is one of the greatest “secrets” in travel overall and its mountain range is more remote still. We have been coming to the country for ten years and have always found new peaks and valleys which fascinate us. The main concentration of this wild beauty is in Triglav National Park.
The Julian Alps are the most alluring mountains in Slovenia because they are the most dramatic. Some peaks are snow covered year round, others are silver pinnacles of jagged stone that look like a lunar landscape and still others are dotted with green Alpine meadows and forests.
There are beautiful lakes contained in some of the deep valleys of Triglav, most notably Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj. They are crystal clear turquoise waters and are very deep but have beautiful shore lines complete with running trails, beach access points and plenty of fishing.
It seems every direction and vantage point has a peak in sight here. Triglav is the highest peak in the country and can be done without specialized equipment but the journey can be time consuming. Mangart Mountain is definitely a worthwhile drive or (steep 4 km) hike because you can see all the way into Italy on a clear day and most of the lakes around. A good average hike will be around 2.5 hours each way to the top of any of the smaller peaks so we found it best to pack well and leave early.
Carved out by glacial and water erosion over millennia the gorges provide a world of dense forests, green to turquoise cool waters and the occasional waterfall. At opposite ends of the vast park lie Tolmin gorge which is the favorite and Vintar gorge which has a wooden walkway that brings you right to the heart of the rushing waters.
There are plenty of waterfalls in the park which are very manageable hikes. Most require a small fee for parking as well as a small entry fee (3 Euros each). The most notable are Martuljek, Pericnik and Savica. The best and most beautiful of all is Savica.
Along with all this nature comes every sport one can imagine in summer and winter. Skiing snowboarding, hiking, paragliding, running, swimming, rowing the nature is so inviting you won’t want to stay inside your hotel very long, we sure didn’t!