The Alps in Slovenia - Europe's Hidden Secret
We are situated in the Škofja Loka hills, part of the foothills of the Julian Alps, midway between the capital Ljubljana and the beautiful Lake Bled. Our hotel is on the edge of a small village, Podvrh, 900 metres above sea level. When out on our walking routes, we generally have the hills to ourselves; apart from meeting a few local people en route complete peace and tranquillity is the norm, and you are very unlikely to meet any other tourists in our local hills, even in high summer.
Only a two-hour flight from the UK and very close to bigger hubs such as Venice and Zagreb, this little country nestled in a corner between Italy, Austria and Croatia, only 20,000 square km in size, with a population of only 2 million people, boasts almost 10,000 km of marked paths. It is often called “Europe in miniature” for the glorious variety of its scenery, including fairytale castles, alpine flower meadows, gorges and ravines, high limestone peaks and extensive karst caves. Slovenia offers some of the best hiking routes in Europe, with four long-distance trails, including the beautiful E7 trans-European Trail (covering 4330km from Hungary to Portugal), which passes our village.
In Slovenia, you’ll find a peaceful, friendly, prosperous country, completely unspoilt by tourism, with stunning scenery. Slovenia joined the EU in 2004 and adopted the Euro in 2007. This relatively undiscovered country is rich in history and is genuinely picturesque - view our Gallery to discover its incredible natural beauty.Our walks