A week in Slovenia: Cycling highlights

Solkan bridge in Slovenia

If you are a cycling enthusiast you need to go to Slovenia – the scenery is amazing and the weather is pretty good, most of the time. In spring, days are really warm, perfect for cycling. In summer it can get too hot but you can still do your rides early mornings and late afternoons, just so you avoid the worst heat. Slovenia is a hilly country with Alps in the north so there’s plenty of challenges for those who want them.

I’ve just spent a week in Slovenia (my home country, just in case you didn’t know) and when I wasn’t having driving lessons, me and my fiance made use of a good weather to do some cycling.

We were based in Solkan, in the west, and the main highlight for us was definitely cycling by the river Soca. It’s sooo beautiful there. It was the first time I did this trail and I totally loved it. It’s mostly traffic-free route, starting in Solkan by the river Soca. At some point traffic-free route ends and you get on a quiet road which continues through small villages. We went as far as Kanal where we stopped for lunch. Here is the route we did:

As you can see on the graph above the route is not flat, there is lots of ups and downs, perfect for intermediate cyclists. We did around 40km in total which I am quite happy with. We could have done more but I had to go for my driving lessons! At least we made use of a free time we had.. Here are some pics from the ride:

In the background: Solkan bridge and the river Soca
In the background: Solkan bridge and the river Soca
cycle trail by the river Soca
Traffic-free route by the river Soca
Cycling by the river Soca
Cycling by the river Soca
River Soca
River Soca
View from Kanal bridge
View from Kanal bridge

The second highlight for us was cycling to the top of the nearby hill, Kekec. The road to Kekec was steep and climb demanding. I was cycling in the lowest gear and pushing myself through the hardest parts until I conquered the top. It was intensive cycling but we were rewarded with beautiful views of Nova Gorica and Solkan (see below).

Just below the Kekec summit
Just below the Kekec summit
View from Kekec
View from the top

Once we reached Kekec, we didn’t stop there. We continued on the narrow road up to get to the point where we left bikes and walked to Skabrijel, another hill nearby.

The map above shows the cycling we did, excluding the hiking part. It may not look like we did a lot, but we did climb 345m and gradient was over 10% in many places and in one part it was even 20%! Now, that was a hard work!

Path to Skabrijel
Path to Skabrijel
Hill Skabrijel
The summit Skabrijel

So we combined cycling and hiking together on that day and I think this really worked our muscles. For the next few days I could feel slight discomfort in my calves and I continued to feel the effect of these activities the following days. For this reason we didn’t set ourselves any more challenges, we just did some easy cycling on mostly flat roads and we didn’t take it far. Our muscles needed recovering and we could feel it.

All in all I am really happy with all the activities we did in Slovenia. My legs feel much stronger now, I can feel it. Now I just have to continue to challenge myself to get even stronger and to build up my stamina.

If you loved this post and would love to visit Slovenia one day, here is a good guide with 15 best places to visit when you are there.

If you would like to find out more about active holidays in Slovenia, check these posts:
Climbing Vrsic Pass, the highest mountain pass in Slovenia
Active holidays in Slovenia (with the video)

Where did you cycle lately? Have you ever cycled in Slovenia? I would love to hear about your experience.

8 Comments

    1. It’s so beautiful there Donna and tranquil, you should really visit Slovenia one day. Yes, I am really happy I managed to get on top of that hill! While spin classes did help me with my fitness, there’s no better way of improving your strength than by doing the real thing.

    1. Yes, it was such a great experience. I guess in the UK there are also some lovely places to cycle, the only problem is the weather..

    1. I’ve actually been living in England for 14 years now! I know, why on earth would I leave such a beautiful country? Well, it’s mostly because there are better job opportunities in the UK and I earn more money here than I would earn in Slovenia, however my plans are to go back at some point, just need to figure out the financial side of the things.. You should definitely visit the mountains in the north, it’s the most beautiful part of Slovenia for me. Over the past 4 years me and my boyfriend would go somewhere in the north almost every year. Last year we visited Bled and Kranjska Gora and you will see some of the best places to visit here: http://www.behealthynow.co.uk/fitness/active-holidays-in-slovenia-with-the-video/ Bohinj lake is not far from Bled lake so it’s easy to visit at the same time. In terms of prices of accommodation, it’s cheaper than England, just avoid central areas. It’s common to get an apartment or ‘apartma’ where you can cook if you like. This one was lovely for us: http://booking.slovenia.info/slovenia/en/accommodation/detail/STO/D4ACE9AA-2892-43AF-B9E1-77B99B5F13AC/Turisti%C4%8Dna_kmetija_Tav%C4%8Dar?customHeader=true&customFooter=true&cutomID=&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
      We have our own bikes in Slovenia which helps us to get around easily (without a car is otherwise a little bit difficult). Bikes can be put on a train (where allowed) and like this you can travel to different parts of Slovenia although the train connections are not that great. There are of course buses as well. Let me know if you have any more questions!

  1. Really great post! I work with electric bikes but have only just started cycling myself. I don’t think I’d be able to tackle the length of your journey but with such picturesque views I’d definitely be encouraged to keep going.

    1. I am glad you enjoyed the post Kate. Slovenia is beautiful indeed but you don’t have to go for long cycling trips to experience its beauty. A short one will do as well!

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