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Pick of the best Slovenian mountain trails

Despite its small size, Slovenia is home to almost 10,000 kilometres of walking routes across the country. From relaxed and gentle walks suitable for the whole family to serious Alpine treks reserved for the more experienced explorers, Slovenia is a haven for the hiker.

The limestone Julian Alps offer superb walking through historical sites, and are filled with areas of outstanding beauty. Navigate your way through dense forests and wild meadows, along purpose built wooden bridges, or climb to the top of a peak for those unforgettable vistas.

Walk of Peace

Just over an hour's drive from Kranjska Gora, you can follow the battlefields of World War I along this historical trail.

Starting from the ancient settlement of Kobarid, famous for the 1917 Battle of Caporetto, the gentle hike takes several hours to complete but visitors can take smaller sections of the trail if they're limited on time. Along the way you can discover the remnants of the Isonzo Front, including trenches and bunkers, explore six outdoor museums and reflect among the military cemeteries and chapels.

Intertwining the heritage of the region with the natural beauty of the Soca Valley, you'll be met with stunning vistas of the surrounding alps in the Triglav National Park. As you gaze down into the gorges of the Soca Valley, the fluorescent turquoise Soca River twists and turns amid alpine meadows before leading you to the magical Kozjak Waterfalls.

Soca Trail

This 20-kilometre trail is another that takes visitors along the pristine Soca River in the Triglav National Park. Starting at the river's source, hike down the valley of Trenta to the Krsovec hamlet before continuing on to the small town of Bovec. Cross hanging bridges and enjoy spectacular views over the Mlinarica Gorge, filled with gushing waterfalls and picturesque pools before wandering around the oldest botanical garden in Slovenia or the Trenta Museum.

The walk is relatively easy and suitable for children and elderly people provided they're in good physical condition. The direction and length of the walk can also be tailored to meet your needs and, in the summer, public buses run from Bovec back to Kranjska Gora.

Pokljuka Plateau

Pokljuka is a pristine, forested plateau within the Triglav National Park and home to Debela Pec, one of the most popular and easily accessible peaks in Slovenia. Covered in a blanket of dense fir forest and verdant meadows, you'll find an abundance of trails, from the short two-kilometre treks along the Pokljuka Gorge to paths towards the central Julian Alps for panoramic views above the plateau. Access to this side of the park is easy with regular buses running from Lake Bled to Krnica which takes just 10 minutes.

Vintgar Gorge

In the northern area of the plateau sits the beautiful Radovna Valley where you'll find one of the easiest and most popular half day excursions, the Vintar Gorge. Traverse along the 1600-metre wooden walkway through the plunging gorge, crisscrossing over the Radovna River's rapids and pools before culminating at Sum Waterfall, the largest river waterfall in Slovenia.

Pack a picnic and enjoy an alfresco lunch amid the limestone cliffs or save yourself for a refreshing cold drink in the cafe at the end of the trail.

Tolmin Gorge

An hour and a half's drive south from Kranjska Gora, in the lowest regions of Triglav National Park, this lovely circular trail guides you along the brilliant green Tolminka River. The steep, picturesque gorges can be viewed from both the top and the bottom of the huge cliffs and you can traverse through tunnels and over bridges as the vibrant water winds between the rocks below.

Along the way, budding hikers can explore the entrance to Dante's Cave, where the famed Italian poet Dante Alighieri supposedly found inspiration for his Divine Comedy, and cross Devil's Bridge, built during World War I by Hungarian soldiers.

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