The Pros and Cons of Cycling in Slovenia

Pros:

  • Good roads, with not much traffic.
  • Well mannered car drivers.
  • Beautiful mountains and rivers.
  • Helpful friendly people.
  • Lots of bike shops and bike paths.
  • Campsites are generally reasonably priced and good quality.
  • There’s a supermarket in most towns (which provide delicious fresh bread.)
  • The train system is good for bikes (at least in May.)

Cons:

  • Some big climbs.
  • A lot of rain.
  • Campsites aren’t everywhere.

Slovenia is an excellent country for cycling. A lot of locals cycle, even in the mountainous areas, so the infrastructure is there and the car drivers have a “share the road” attitude. It is a mountainous country, but when we weren’t going over a mountain range it was usually a nice steady incline or decline along a river. I would highly recommend everywhere we went. You may wish to skip the two big climbs (Vršič and the Kamnic Alps), but then you would miss out on the best views.

Food was easy to come by except occasionally on Sundays, when the Mercator supermarkets were closed.

The biggest negative was the unpleasant weather. It was raining most days and if not the threat was always there. I only ran into one other cycle tourist, and they were about to cut their trip short because of the rain. There were a few times we caught trains because cycling just wasn’t very pleasant. However locals told us that it was unusually wet for May, and when it wasn’t raining it was a great temperature for cycling.

Later in summer it would almost certainly be better weather, but there will also be more tourists. Except in Bled there weren’t all that many tourists at the time we were there.

The highlights were probably from Logarska Dolina down the upper Savinja Valley, and over the Vršič pass in the Julian Alps and down the Soča Valley. However everywhere was good and there were areas that come highly recommended that we didn’t go near (particularly the Krka river.)

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