Slovenia as a Walking Holidays Destination

Get to know what makes walking holidays in Slovenia the best way to spend your vacation.
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Located on the sunny side of the Alps, the small country of Slovenia offers endless hiking and walking possibilities on trails of all difficulties. Each new visitor is surprised by the all-surrounding beautiful nature and rich cultural heritage.

Panoramic view of the alpine pearl Bled
Panoramic view of the alpine pearl Bled

Slovenia is also one of the few countries on Earth, where there is so much diversity packed into its small area. With a little over 20,000 square kilometres of land, it offers every kind of landscape and climate – from the Mediterranean to the Alps.

Even if you take a particular landscape, like the mountainous region of the Julian Alps, it is so full of natural and cultural wonders, you can spend a long time exploring it and every day would still surprise you. Its size is also a logistical advantage, as everything is so well connected and close together.

Which parts of Slovenia to visit on a walking holiday?

The country could be divided into four major geographical regions: The high mountain Alps in the north and northwest, the karstic Dinarides in the south and southeast, the Pannonian lowlands in the east and northeast, and the Mediterranean coast in its southwest.

Stunning views of The Julian Alps

Between the Triglav National Park and numerous regional and natural parks, natural monuments, and NATURA 2000 areas, 32 % of Slovenia’s territory is covered by “specially protected areas”. All of that nature is open for exploration, and there is no more natural way to explore it than walking.

The memories you can collect on one of your hikes range from magical waterfalls, hidden gorges, pristine lakes, colourful rivers, and mysterious caves to panoramic ridges, rolling hills, peaceful forests, and majestic peaks.

5 must-visit walking destinations in Slovenia

1. Lake Bled: A picture-perfect destination, Lake Bled offers scenic walking trails that take you around the lake and up to Bled Castle for panoramic views.

Sunrise view from Ojstrica viewpoint above Bled
Sunrise view from Mt. Ojstrica viewpoint above Bled

2. Lake Bohinj: Nestled in the Triglav National Park, Lake Bohinj is a haven for nature lovers. The walking trails here offer a peaceful retreat into Slovenia’s natural beauty.

Voje Valley in Bohinj
Voje Valley in Bohinj

3. Soča Valley: Known for its emerald-green river, the Soča Valley offers a range of walking trails that pass through lush forests alongside the stunning Soča River.

The Great Soča Gorge
The Great Soča Gorge

4. Pokljuka Plateau: This high mountain plateau is a gateway to the Julian Alps and offers a variety of walking trails through dense forests and open meadows.

Hiking on the viewpoints above Pokljuka Plateau
Hiking on the viewpoints above Pokljuka Plateau

5. Julian Alps: The epitome of Slovenia’s mountainous beauty, the Julian Alps offer challenging and rewarding walking tours, with routes that take you past pristine lakes and up to majestic peaks.

View of Mt. Jalovec from Slemenova Špica above Tamar Valley

What about the cultural angle?

And as rich as is our nature, some say our culture surpasses it. On the crossroads of Europe, where East meets West and both meet South, Slovenia’s history is full of cultural heritage. It was under the reign of different empires, kingdoms, and states until 1991 when it finally became an independent country. Between exploring our wild outdoors, you can also visit the numerous castles, churches, museums, monasteries, and galleries that are a window into our past, present, and future.

Kobarid italian ossuary WWI heritage
Kobarid Italian ossuary WWI heritage

When to visit?

Slovenia is a destination you can visit all year round. Because of the geographical diversity, everyone can find a climate that suits them. Though if you are keen to visit us for a walking holiday, there are a few considerations about different seasons to take in mind. 


To get things out of the way, if you’re not an extra adventurous person, coming here to walk around the natural and cultural sights of Slovenia in the winter months from December to February is a no-go.

That especially holds for anything at a high elevation but also rings true for many top destinations in the valley. Some years are an exception, but snowfall makes most trails disappear and walking on them more difficult, if not impossible.

Winter in Slovenia


A lot of hiking opportunities open up in spring, beginning in March. While there might still be a lot of snow high up in the mountains, it mostly melts in the valley. Nature is waking up and becoming green again, making April and May perfect for walking holidays in the valley surrounded by white peaks.

Just don’t forget to check the forecast, as the weather can be very unpredictable, with wet and colder days interchanging with the warm and sunny.


The closer we are to summer, the more snow disappears from the mountains, making hiking possible for the wider public. From June to August, the weather becomes more stable, except for an afternoon storm here or there.

While the temperatures in spring rise up to 20°C, summer temperatures are around 25°C and even higher. That means it is the best time to go walking at higher elevations or along lakes and rivers, where the air is usually a little bit fresh. But be aware summer is also the busiest time of the year and all of your activities need to be booked in advance.

Valley of the seven lakes
Valley of the seven lakes


In autumn, when nature starts preparing for winter, the crowds start dispersing, and temperatures drop. September weather could be even more stable than summer, making it a perfect month for hiking in the Julian Alps. In October and November, rain and even some first snowflakes enter the equation, with lower elevations again becoming the prime destination of your walking tours.

Food in Slovenia

Walking and hiking require energy, and we get that energy from food. Of course, we could make it simple, but we shouldn’t waste such a wonderful opportunity to also get to know this important part of Slovenia’s culture, the food.

Slovenia’s cuisine is as diverse as its landscape and history, with some similarities to its neighbouring countries, especially Italy, Austria and the Balkans. It is divided into 24 gastronomic regions, each having its traditional dishes, characterized by the local ingredients.

Cream cake Kremšnita in Bled
Cream cake Kremšnita in Bled

The most popular soup is the beef noodle soup, but it gets more complicated when we get to the main course. Some of the most popular traditional dishes are the Carniolan Sausage, stews like Jota or buckwheat Žganci. The versatile Štruklji also come to mind, with Potica being the most famous of the deserts.

A full stomach makes a happy person. During your walking holidays, we also care about your experience of delighting in different tastes of Slovenian cuisine. Our mission here is to always recommend a diverse set of top restaurants, that will enable you to fully explore our food.

Walnut Potica

On our hikes in the valley, our meals will be a healthy mix of authentic countryside food and some more fancy meals of Slovenian specialities in between.

When the hikes take place in the high mountains, there are fewer options, but the ones left are delicious. The food will mostly consist of homemade stews and sausages or tasty Štruklji for the sweet-toothed, typical for the authentic mountain huts we will stay at.

Accommodations in Slovenia

The last essential thing that makes your walking holidays complete is the right accommodation. It’s the place where you return each day for a well-deserved rest. It has to be cosy and comfortable, with the least amount of distance between it and your walking destinations. 

Walking in Drežnica under Mt. Krn
Walking in Drežnica under Mt. Krn

There are plenty of options in Slovenia to choose from, so everyone can find their perfect place. In some cases, these are more limited. For example, when on a hike in the mountains, you’ll be staying in cosy mountain huts. When our holidays have a base in one of the picturesque Slovenian towns and villages, we swear on authentic BnB’s or boutique hotels, all conveniently located.

prehodavci hut dawn
Prehodavci Hut at dawn

We understand that there is so much stuff to see, it is difficult to plan your holiday. For an easier time, check out our Walking Tours Slovenia we have picked out for you. If you’re still not sure, contact our team so we can organize the perfect walking holiday in Slovenia together.

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