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Cycling in Slovenia

Slovenia In A Nutshell

Slovenia has moved on from Yugoslavia more than any of its other former members. Despite this, it still feels very rural and has some remarkably attractive countryside.

Where and When I Went

Map of Slovenia

10th - 12th September 2012
9th - 10th and 12th - 15th June 2018

Slovenia's Scenery

Although I haven't seen them from the saddle of a bicycle, the Julian Alps in the north east of the country are utterly gorgeous. The rest of the country is more about rolling hills and is also very pretty.

Scenery

Slovenia's Road Quality

The quality isn't bad but roads can sometimes be unpleasantly busy, especially when traffic is squeezed into a narrow valley. I'm not sure if this was just a coincidence, but I noticed that roads named with a single number tended to be the busiest of all.

Slovenia's Accommodation & Costs

Slovenia's growing economy and membership of the Eurozone means that it's the most expensive former Yugoslavian country except for the tourist regions of often over-priced Croatia. My two hotels in 2012 averaged €35. My four campsites in 2018 averaged €9, ranging from €8 to €10.

Despite increased costs, Slovenia's short coastline is good value for money, as pretty as Italy's and roughly half the price.

Language

A lot of younger people speak English. The older generation is more likely to speak German.

Neighbouring Countries

Very different cultures in the options here: Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy.

Reasons To Go To Slovenia

The Julian Alps, scenery in general, Ljubljana

Where Have You Written About Cycling In Slovenia?

No Place Like Home, Thank God Biking Broken Europe

What Others Say

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"I spent a week cycling in north-eastern Slovenia in June 2014. I thought the quality of roads was good. The drivers I encountered gave plenty of space when overtaking. I felt so safe, I tended to ride without a helmet (which I never do in the UK). The east of Slovenia is rolling countryside. The beautiful Jeruzalem wine growing region is hilly (something to consider if carrying luggage). Take a good map and a compass and you will find it very hard to get lost. Road signs are very good. There are plenty of small villages dotted about, but there is not always somewhere to refuel. Carrying a packed lunch is a good idea. That said, when you find a restaurant you will be very well fed indeed. Cuisine is very 'Teutonic'. Avoid the place if you are a vegetarian. Beer and wine are great! If you like honey, you will love Slovenia. They almost worship it. In one guest house I stayed in, you could help yourself to slices of honeycomb and chew it. You swallow the honey and spit out the wax. If you enjoy spas, you will like north-east Slovenia. I found the people welcoming and friendly. No-one expects you to speak Slovene but those over 35-40 will prefer to speak German; those under 35-40, English. I loved it." Anonymous

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