Lately mountain biking has become one of the most popular and trendy sports not only as an adrenaline oriented activity, but also suitable for families and beginners who want to enjoy some off-road trails in nature. Mountain biking in Slovenia a fun way to see the country and exercise in connection with nature.
From mountains to the coast
If you are planning to visit Slovenia, you will find numerous trails across the country for advanced riders as well as for beginners and families. Mountain biking in Slovenia has to offer so many ways to enjoy mountain biking in the mountains, along the lakes and by the sea. One of the best things about mountain biking is that you actually don’t have to be in the mountains all the time. The trails can be also very pleasant although some of you might have a high-adrenaline idea of mountain biking. As said, you can find a perfect trail for a relaxing ride in the beautiful Slovenian nature.
Small groups and family friendly tours
Tours are guided by professional local guides and you will have a bike provided. To experience a special ride trip, the groups are small, up to 8 persons. If you wonder whether you are fit enough for the tour, don’t worry. You will have an electric bike, so hills will not be a problem. However, you should be comfortable with a few hours of activity. A bike tour is also kids friendly. Children are welcome as long as they can cycle independently.
Ljubljana mountain bike tour
Ljubljana as a Slovenian capital has a lot to offer – not only cultural and gastronomical treasures, but also lots of other activities as well as mountain biking. Ljubljana mountain bike tour begins in the city centre and takes you along the Ljubljanica river straight uphill and into the woods. Most of the trails run through cool forested areas and down off-road single-track trails. Wide routes terrain of asphalt, gravel and dirt is suitable for both MTB beginners as well as experienced mountain bikers, looking for powerful adrenaline boost located practically in the heart of a Slovenian capital city.
Velika planina bike tour
Not that far from Ljubljana you can find a perfect MTB destination on a genuine Slovenian plateau Velika planina in the Kamnik–Savinja Alps. The trails of gravel and dirt terrain is set up through forests and open pastures with cows and sheep, past traditional alpine huts where you can even get an opportunity to meet the famous authentic shepherd’s houses and get to know their unique cheese-making tradition. It is important to wear comfortable clothes and also to have something warmer in case of a temperature drop.
Coast bike tour by the sea
The cliffs of the Slovenian coast aren’t as famous as Dover’s ones, but they are just as scenic and not that discovered. Slovenians want to keep this beauty with the sight of the Moon Bay a secret, away from the tourist crowd as much as possible, but you can visit it with a guided bike tour.This is a diverse trail that combines the flat coastal part with a hillier inland. E-bikes make this option also perfect for non pro riders. You will start the tour in the coastal town of Koper and head to Izola, riding through meadows and vineyards along an abandoned railway track followed by a downgrade to the Slovenian riviera jewel of Portorož (literally meaning Port of Roses). The ride will continue to the salt pans of Sečovlje. On your way back, you’ll visit the picturesque and Venetian style town of Piran and take a refreshing dip in the Adriatic Sea.
Goriška Brda bike & wine tour
If you ask a Slovenian, which are the top 5 things to do in Slovenia, you will certainly get a reply: “Try the wine!” And where better to do so than in the renowned wine-producing region of Goriška Brda, also known as Slovenian Tuscany. Out of its 5000 inhabitants, 150 of them own vast vineyards and make their own sorts of wine. The vineyards are located on hills and this means that you could expect quite an up-and-down kind of trail on asphalt and gravel terrain. You’ll be cruising among picturesque vineyards and small villages that make up an idyllic region known for its hospitality. At the end of the journey, you’ll have a chance to taste some of the best wines of the region.
Now, that you are most certainly tempted to visit Slovenia on a bike, you just have to find the best timing. Here’s a tip: late spring, summer or early autumn.
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