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Top long-distance trails

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    Long-distance trails

    Over mountains and through valleys, from the sea to the plains. Many long-distance trails go through and across Slovenia, connecting mountain peaks with the sea and the lowlands.

    Here, you can walk for days on end and you still won’t run out of hiking trails. These trails can be found on the tallest mountains, in the hills, and in the plains. From north to south, from east to west. On many of these trails, you’ll also be able to discover diverse cultural heritage and the pulse of the countryside in addition to natural beauty. Everywhere you go, you’ll be served local specialities and a glass of good wine. Select a trail that is perfect for you!

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    The Slovenian Mountain Trail

    The longest and the most popular trail is the Slovenian Mountain Trail. It takes you from Maribor, the foot of the Pohorje Hills, all the way to Ankaran on the Slovenian coast. Of course, you won’t bypass the most beautiful Alpine peaks. This wonderful trail will take you 28 days, and you’ll cover 599 km.

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    Top long-distance trails

    Via Alpina – red trail

    14 days / 220 km / all levels of difficulty Learn about our natural and cultural heritage. Two out of five Via Alpina trails connecting the eight Alpine countries pass through Slovenia. They are marked in red and purple. The red trail begins in Trieste and then crosses Karst before making its way through the pre-Alpine foothills into the heart of the Julian Alps and the surrounding mountains of Mount Triglav. From there, it descends into the Trenta Valley and once again goes up to our highest mountain pass, the Vršič Pass. The trail continues towards Tamar, a valley dominated by Mt Jalovec. The trail briefly enters the Karavanke Alps and then finally leaves the embrace of the Slovenian Alps.

    Via Alpina – purple trail

    7 days / 120 km / all levels of difficulty The Via Alpina purple trail makes its way through the eastern limestone Alps in Slovenia, Austria, and Germany. You’ll hike through Slovenia’s tallest mountain ranges: the Julian Alps, the Kamnik and Savinja Alps, and the Karavanke Alps. It begins at the foot of Mt Triglav, under the Dolič Pass, and descends into the Vrata Valley past the magnificent north face of Mt Triglav. From there, it goes up to the ridge of the Karavanke Alps, passes the Zgornje Jezersko region to Mt Jezerski Vrh, and then continues its way into Austria.

    The Alpe Adria Trail

    8 days in Slovenia (a total of 43 days) / 145 km (a total of 590 km) / easy to medium difficulty The trail begins in the Austrian region of Carinthia (Kärnten), at the foot of Austria’s tallest mountain, Mt Grossglockner. Enter Slovenia across the Karavanke Alps. It goes across Vršič Pass, through the Soča Valley to Kobarid, towards Mt Krn, to Tolmin. It then crosses into Italy and returns to Slovenia in the Brda Hills and the Karst. The trail ends in Milje (Muggia) near Trieste. It covers 37 stages with a small elevation difference. You’ll cover from 17 to 25 km per day and up to a maximum of 1000 metres of altitude, for which you’ll need from 5 to 8 hours. Wonderful nature and delicious local cuisine will make the trail particularly interesting.

    E6 – Ciglar’s Path

    20 days (Slo) / 260 km / easy to medium difficulty From the Pohorje Hills to the Adriatic Sea. The E6 European long-distance path is an international walking path, which has been taking people through many European countries, all the way from the Baltics to the Adriatic, since 1975. In Slovenia, it crosses the Pohorje Hills, the Posavje Hills, and the Dinaric world, until it finally reaches the Adriatic Sea, Strunjan to be precise, where it ends. The Slovenian part of the path is called Ciglar’s Path, named after Milan Ciglar, the father of the concept for the Slovenian part of the route. There are 39 checkpoints along the way where the travellers collect stamps. Once they finish the path, they receive a badge.

    Juliana

    270 km / 16 legs / easy to medium difficulty A journey around Mt Triglav! The year 2019 saw the beginning of the circular long-distance trail in the Julian Alps called Julijana. The trail is in the area of the Julian Alps biosphere area (UNESCO MAB) and Triglav National Park. You can see Mt Triglav from all directions as you hike on this trail. It is appropriate for all generations, even families, and it requires you to be in basic physical condition. The trail consists of 16 legs, and you can decide on which leg you’ll start your journey. The average distance of each leg is from 17 to 20 km, while the longest leg covers 25 km.