Tuesday, 29 April 2014

New Hostel in Slovenia

Once again we would like to invite you to Hostel Pod Voglom. It is situated in the heart of Triglav National Park in Bohinj - Slovenia.   With its location it is ideal for the active holidays and the outdoor enthusiasts. It is located directly by the Lake Bohinj and offers a variety of outdoor activities like rafting, canyoning, paragliding, high ropes course, canoeing and kayaking. Hostel Pod Voglom is also a starting point for hiking in the Julian Alps and exploring hidden corners in Triglav national park. For travellers who are looking for a contact with nature and a dose of adrenaline it is a perfect stop in the Slovenian Alps.

We would like to introduce to you our new acquisition – Hostel Cottage Suha

Hostel Cottage Suha
Cottage Suha is located 2 kilometres away from the above mentioned Hostel and PAC Sports center. The cottage is perfect for bigger groups and families who like having active leisure time. It can welcome up to 26 people and is situated in quiet area, only a 15 minute walk from the lake. Cottage Suha was completely renovated in year 2013. Guests can use brand new and completely equipped kitchen (dishwasher, glass-ceramics stove, refrigerator, kitchen ventilation, microwave ...) and enjoy a spacious dining room. There is a wood burning stove for magical winter evenings. Outside there is a big garden with barbeque, 3 wooden outdoor tables and deckchairs for a pleasant outdoor experience. 

For further information go to: Hostel Cottage Suha.

Hostel Cottage Suha

Location: in Ribčev laz, 500 m walk from the Lake Bohinj, near Vogel ski center. There is free SKI SHUTLLE available to the ski center in the winter. Nearby (approximately 500 m) you can find a supermarket, post office, tourist information center, ATM machine, restaurants and bars. Cottage Suha is located 2 km away from the PAC SPORTS center where our guests are entitled to 10% discount on all the sport programs and 15% discount on the equipment rental.
Accessibility: by car, by bus on the bus stop Ribčev laz
Available: fully equipped kitchen (cutlery, kitchenware, kitchen utensils), refrigerator, stove (glass-ceramic and wood burning iron stove), kitchen ventilation, dishwasher, washing and drying machine, LCD, free wi-fi, library and board games, bed linen and towels, hair dryer, patio with deckchairs, garden, grill, parking.
Discounts: Members YH International – 10% discount, renting boats, bikes, outdoor activities – 10% discount, family discount – 15%, children under 4 years – 100 % discount, children under 12 years – 30% discount, our guests are entitled to 10% discount on all the sport programs and 15 % discount on the equipment rental. 
Distances: post office, shop – 500m, Bohinjska Bistrica, ski centre Kobla, railway station – 7 km, Casino Bled – 29 km, Golf Club Bled – 31 km, Fly club Lesce – 33 km, Airport Ljubljana – 67 km

Ribčev laz 60
4264 Boh. Jezero
Tel: +386 (0) 4 572 34 61
GSM: +386 (0) 40 864 202  

Friday, 18 April 2014

Springtime, Seafood and a New Marathon at Koper

It is finally springtime. Would you like to go somewhere nice? Is the budget a little bit tight? Do you maybe only have time during the weekends? I've got some ideas that might help you.

In Slovenia you can find some nice coastal cities with many things to see and activities to do. For example, recently my husband and I went to Koper for the weekend. We really wanted to spend some time at the seaside but we did not have much time for it. So just a quick weekend holiday was the plan. First of all we had to find a place to sleep (the car was not an option). We found the Hostel Histria Koper. This place is really nice, clean and very conveniently located; the staff were also very friendly and serviceable. Koper is not a big city so it is very nice to just walk around without the need for transportation. You can easily find free parking 2-3 minute walk from the Hostel. So now you know a place to stay in Koper (for a very reasonable price).

Youth Hostel Koper
If you are planning to visit Koper during the weekend as we did, I strongly recommend that you arrive in the morning because many places close after 13:00 hr or 14:00 hr. 

We started at the Praetorian Palace which is in Tito's square (Titov Trg). It is a nice building and if you enjoy history you can ask for a personal guided tour. Near to the Praetorian Palace there is a very high tower which belongs to the Koper's Cathedral. If you wish to go up in to the tower for a beautiful view of the city it is definately worth it.

Author - Matej Vranič; www.slovenia.info
The Slovenian coast's architecture has some similarities to Italian architecture. Personally I enjoy the narrow streets with many small shops. If you want to go shopping or just to have a look in the many shops in the center I suggest that you go to“Via Calegaria Čevljarska.” There you can find interesting shops with homemade products, clothes, shoes, cosmetics, food, bars and many other things.

Author - Anja Žepič; www.youth-hostel.si 
After walking and looking around you get hungry, am I right? Well if you like to eat good food but you do not like to spend a lot of money like us, then I advise you to go to “Atrij” http://pizzeria-atrij.si/. The food there was really good. I personally love seafood (seafood in Koper or the Slovenian coast is cheaper than in the rest of Slovenia) and this place was like heaven for me. The portion of baby calamari was inexpensive and big enough for one person. Do not think I just got the grilled calamari with a slice of lemon though, I also got french fries! So, at the end I was very full. My husband got some delicious pasta and he was very happy with it. The menu in this restaurant is quite large so do not worry I am sure that they have something for your taste.

After a good meal and walking around we all deserve a rest. In Koper you can walk around the bay and find a bench to sit down and relax or you can also sit down by the shore if you prefer. The shore has little stones so if you like to walk barefoot you can do it here without getting any annoying sand on your feet. One of the most romantic things is to see the sunset by the beach. The view of the small boats and yachts at the port is very nice as well.

Author - Patricia Castillo
If you would prefer to go by bicycle instead, let me tell you that it is a very good idea. The city has marked bicyclist paths and the people in cars respect and consider those cycling. So no worries about being run over.

During our expedition in the city we found a very peculiar place called “Kavarna Kapitanja” which is actually a cafeteria. There you can get smoothies, ice cream, cakes (raw cakes), juice and some meals. I tried a very good juice made of carrot, beetroot and apple. I loved it! I could not leave without trying the trendy raw cakes. I chose one made of chocolate and carob seeds. Everything was  yummy!

The next day (Sunday) was the first Istrian Marathon so the night before people gathered by the beach to eat and listen to the music. There was a band playing local music and two stands for food and drinks. We were at the seashore so the protagonist of the night was seafood. We bought some fried baby calamari and grilled sardines. Once again it was delicious.

Author - Patricia Castillo
We finished the weekend on Sunday with the Istrian Marathon. This event was really nice. It was not only about adults but children as well. If you come to Koper to see the marathon with your little children I am sure they will have a good time with the entertainment arranged by the organizers. 

People came from different countries to attend the marathon. Can you believe it? There were people from Egypt, Australia, U.S.A, Czech Republic, Italy, Croatia, Portugal and other countries. A spirit of internatrional sportmanship could be felt at Koper. This marathon will be held each year from 2014 on. If you like to run, attend or support such events, it is one more reason of many to visit the beautiful port city of Koper.

Patricia Castillo
Read more about Patricia here: http://ow.ly/v361O 

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Trips and activities in Youth Hostel Bledec

Welcome to our hostel and pension BLEDEC! Our building is located at the old part of town, named Grad (Castle), below the Castle of Bled and just five minutes from the lake. We offer comfortable accommodation in 12 rooms from 3 to 8 beds. We accept the groups!

Youth Hostel Bledec is the first hostel with 15 years traditon on Bled. As true lovers of tourism, we offer our guests a friendly and efficient service. Many guests like us and come back every year. By us they find the best accommodation for affordable prices. Apart from accommodation and food, we offer all sorts of excursions and visits to nearby island and gorge and Bled surroundings. In the summer you can hike and bike or just take a swim in the lake, an ice skating hall is waiting for you in winter or you can ski on the hill in the middle of town. In the city center you can find shops and a lot of fun in the pubs. There is no age limit in our house.

Seething at Bled (Author -  Franci Ferjan); www.slovenia.info
TRIPS and ACTIVITIES in hostel
As well as pleasant accommodation, we offer the following trips from 26.6. until 29.8.2014. Trips are organized for min five participants, price €10, with transfer €20 per person. Reservation is needed one day in advance.  

Monday – The Pokljuka ravine
Departure for Pokljuka ravine at 4 p.m.. We will take you to the village Krnica from where we will access the ravine. It is 2 km long and 40 m deep at its most picturesque part. Paths for visitors lead into the most beautiful central part of the ravine. 

There are numerous natural sights. These include: the Pokljuška Luknja – a spacious rocky cave with a fallen ceiling, a large natural bridge which is 24 m above the bottom of the ravine, and small round fields called “vrtci” (little gardens) by the locals. We will pass the very narrow straits in order to reach the most beautiful “little garden” and a small natural bridge by the means of wooden boardwalk. A diversity of vegetation, from ferns to forest and mountain flowers, grows at the bottom and on the rocky walls. The paths are similar to mountain trails – we recommend good footwear. To make walking easier you can use walking sticks.... 

Wednesday – »Pokljuka day«
Departure at 9 a.m. in the direction of Pokljuka forest plateau. We will have amazing views over both the Bled lake and Bohinj lake in one day. We will stop in a village, called Gorjuše. From there we will walk up the mountain Galetovec (1265m). From the summit you have a breath taking view across the Bled lake to the Karavanke mountain range. Afterwards we will drive to the village Koprivnik and from there we will walk to Vodnikov razglednik – an amazing view point above the Bohinj valley and the Bohinj lake. After this we will drive to the Bohinj lake, where it is possible to swim in high summer. On the way back to Bled we can visit a private Etno museum with degustation of local products (optional – €6/person).

Friday – hiking to DEBELA PEČ – 2014 m
Debela peč is easy to walk and hike, but it has anamazing view to the highest Slovenian mountain – Triglav – 2864m, Karavanke region and Bled valley. We walk distance of 13 km and climb 700m  altitude over  5 hours. Depart at 9 a.m. from hostel. Option – lunch in mountain hut.  

Friday evening - »Cinema under the stars«: At 9 p.m. we meet on the hostel terrace to join the slide show – »Julian Alps – story from the backpack«. In the case of bad weather the slide show will be shown in the restaurant.   

Those are only three of many possible trips in the Bled region. You have to go to visit Vintgar Gorge, make a walk to Bled castle or around Bled lake and then after taste a delicious sweet, named »kremšnita« - the traditional Bled cream cake. They made 12 million of them in the last 60 years. 

We wish you a pleasant stay.    

Grajska 17
4260 Bled
+386 (0)4 574 52 50