Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Let the autumn color you while visiting Slovenia

September is a great month for visiting Slovenia. The summer is slowly turning into a magical spectacle of thousand colours which make your visit unforgettable. The vineyards are shrouded in falling colours and offer a nice retreat to all wine lovers and growers, who like to sing traditional songs while enjoying the premium wine. 

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And it is Maribor that prides itself with having the oldest grapevine in the world, which is also in the Guinness book of records and the Vinag cellar, which is one of the oldest and largest wine cellars in Europe. This year there will be already the 13th festival of the old vine – a 10 day tourist/culinary/wine/cultural festival you shouldn’t miss. The festival is the highlight among various events taking place since February (with the cutting of the vine) until November (the St. Martin festival, when grape juice becomes wine) dedicated to the oldest vine in the world and the greatest attraction of Maribor, which has a very rich wine history and is a great gateway to the vineyards of Štajerska and wine roads surrounding the city. The festival takes place between the 20th and 29th of September and you can read more about it at: http://maribor-pohorje.si/old-vine-festival.aspx. You are also in luck if looking for a quality but budget friendly board. There are two HI Youth Hostels in the center of the city Hostel Uni and Hostel Pekarna, with some more outside the centre, like Hostel Mlada Lipa at the foothills of Pohorje.

And on the other side of Slovenia there is the coastal region, which also has excellent wines and hills. The summer is at an end, but by the sea it is still nice and warm, with great price/value hostels that can give you a few nice days at the coast and offer many interesting tours and activities. For all who don’t know yet, this spring the unique Thalasso Spa Lepa Vida opened in the northern part of the nature park Sečovlje. The offer the wonderful experience of wave therapy in a unique natural environment among the salt fields with natural products from the nature park. After the treatment you can also explore the pools where they gain salt in a century long traditional way that has shaped the unique landscape of the park since the middle ages. You can stay at one of the coastal hostels spread from Ankaran to Portorož.

Healing sea salts will also recharge you with energy to be fit and go on the Emerald path which takes you through the palette of natural beauty. You can start at the wine region of Goriška Brda and the Valley of Vipava and continue over the mountains pass the green peaks before reaching the Alps. You companion along the way will be the Soča River, one of most important Slovenian rivers, which was also the stage for a three year long war campaign between Italy and Austro-Hungary during the Great War. Not to forget the past, but today Soča is more renowned for its clearness and beauty, where you can experience great adventures in nature. There are several Youth Hostels to be found along the way. If you wish to experience a traditional karst house, we suggest Hostel Pliskovica, but if you’re part of a larger group it’s better to stay at Hostel Ajdovščina. But if you plan to stay a while in the valley of the Soča river, we strongly recommend the new Hostel in Bovec.

Your path will take you through Tolmin, with its famous musical scene, which hosts a sporting festival in September. The Soča Outdoor Festival has an unforgettable flow by the water and with evening dancing. Bicycle fans will also get a chance to try out many organized cycling routes on the mountains of Tolmin, with experienced cyclist leading the way, or by marathons where you will get to test your spirit of competition. The fans of running, or white water rapids, or even paraglide lovers will also get their dose of fun. The festival tends to be family friendly so we take care of animating the children at a special part along the river, where they will be well taken care of. You can read more about a festival that takes place between September 13th and 15th at their website: www.soca-outdoor.com . You can spend a night at the Hostel Paradiso in the very centre of Tolmin.

And let’s not forget the European basketball Championship taking place between the 4th and 22nd of September! Fans will get a chance to follow the games of top teams competing for the title of Europe’s best basketball nation. You can follow the matches in Ljubljana, Koper, Jesenice and book a cheap hostel in one of the local hostels that boast with great quality. You can read more about the championship at: www.eurobasket2013.org .

Have a nice September stay in Slovenia.

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