Friday, 26 September 2014

Fairytale Izola

It was a hot summer weekend in July, so my boyfriend and I decided to spend it at the seaside. That how we got to Izola. We were pleasently surprised upon arrival to this fairytale like coastal town. Neither of us really new the town, or to be honest, didn’t know it at all, just like most of the people in Slovenia. We all know Koper, Piran and the tourist overflown Portorož, but there’s more to the Slovenian coast than that and by not knowing it, we are quite disrespectful towards them. 

Izola - Giorgio Baruffi; www.izola.eu
Izola is a small but really nice town on the Slovenian coast. It has an old town center with tall stone houses, build near one to each other. The narrow streets make you feel the medieval charm of the town. When you get the feeling, the street you’ve entered is a dead end, you’ll end up in another street. It’s like a maze, but you will get the hang of it quickly. You can walk around the town in about an hour. But to get to feel the everyday life of the people and the beat of the city, you will need more time. There are neat paths and many benches to sit on and enjoy the salty sea air. The town is also full of fragrant flowers and colourful parks. My favourite was in the center of the town, dedicated to the famous cartographer and explorer from Izola - Pietro Coppo. In the park you can enjoy the shade of the mighty chinar trees and the view of the main street. It’s where local people love to hang out and chat.

Izola - Trnkoczy; www.izola.eu
We went with the flow of the coastal lifestyle for three days and I admit, it should have been for much longer. You see by the sea that the time flows slower. The people really know how to enjoy life – with good food and drink and never in a rush to get somewhere. They rest most of the day, sunbathing, swimming or relaxing in the shade. The beach is the most crowded place of them all. The whole coastline is meant for swimming and sunbathing. There’s a nice pebbled beach by the lighthouse, where young families love to come. And all who love the shade will find it under the pine trees. Not far from it is a concrete beach with a pool. It’s appropriate for handicapped, but the town also features a beach equipped for the blind. And there’s even a place, where the four legged furry friends can have their own beach.

Izola - Jeraša; www.izola.eu
In the evenings, when the town gets lively and the pubs near the marina are full of people, you can hardly get a place at the table, to try a cocktail you’ve been wanting the whole day. The quiet parking by the marina becomes and amusement park in the evening, attracting kids and emptying the portents’ wallets. The restaurant gardens are full and the smell of sea food is everywhere. From fried fish, to squid salads and all the aromas, you will get hungry! Every weekend in Izola, during the summer, is a time for an event. It can be a jazz concert in the Manzioli square of some folk festival from the place above the Square of the Republic… you can also hear foreign bands at the park of Pietro Coppo, Which are part of the summer Sundays.

Izola - Ubald Trnkoczy; www.izola.eu
The center of Izola, with its old town is located on what used to be an island (hence the name) that was connected to mainland in 19th century. The word isola in Italian means an island and the Italian influence was really strong all along the Slovenian coast. In 19th century they erected three factories for canned fish in the town, so it was the most prosperous, developing and rich city of the today’s Slovenian coast in the past two centuries.  Unlike Piran and Koper, which were hit by crises, Izola was prospering and employed two thousand people. The post war development of Izola was based on toy industry, food processing industry, ship building and tourism. The coast was planned for industry and the part of the town called Jagodje became a residential area. You can follow the historical development of the town in the Paranzana Izola museum, where you can also se the model ships and the former narrow track railroad that was connecting Trieste to Poreč at the turn of the past century. The entrance is 2,5€ or 2€ for students. It’s worth a visit!

Izola - Jeraša; www.izola.eu
During the day the kids enjoy the beach around the lighthouse and in the evenings they come to the amusement park. The elderly usually go to the hotel Delfin, which has its own swimming pool and hosts local musicians in the evenings, where there’s also a dance floor. But what about the youth? There are two pubs that are attracting them – the Hanger, which is a bit away from the centre and has many bands and stand-up comedians; and the Plac under Belvedere. You will have to walk along the coast of Simonov zaliv to get to it. It’s a bit longer to get to (some 20 minutes walking), but it’s worth it. A new and lit path along the shore takes you to the dreamy place where the young can enjoy without bothering anybody. Embraced by the sea, under the clear sky, there’s a place with tea candles on tables and a DJ pumping latest hits, under the colourful lighting in a natural grassy floor resembling an amphitheatre. The acoustics are great and the party is guaranteed – so it’s my hint for you where to go!


In one of the many streets of the old town there’s also a nice and modern hostel Alieti. It’s a new hostel in a four floor house, offering 25 beds. The cosy feeling is it’s main strength. It’s a small hostel, but with a very positive atmosphere. It has a kitchen on the bottom floor, with a dining room, a terrace and the toilets. The first floor has four air-conditioned rooms with 4 and 6 beds, along with bathrooms that are always clean. The attic is a dormitory with 5 beds. You can check in while the front desk is open (between 8 and 11 in the morning, or 5 and 7 in the afternoon). For more information about this wonderful hostel you should read the article I’ve wrote entitled When Alieti charms you…



Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Visit Prekmurje!

Dear travellers, during your stay at Youth Hostel Murska Sobota or at Youth Hostel Radenci you might wish to use the application “VISIT PREKMURJE – Getting Around” to plan your trip in Prekmurje. Recent additions to the cultural, historical and natural places of interest in Prekmurje are the amazing scenic photographs of Prekmurje, taken at the surrounding hills, together with their locations. Vantage points are presented according to their geographical positions: western and eastern Goričko, Dolinsko and Lendavske gorice.


You might wonder: “Vantage points in flatlands such as Prekmurje?!” Visit our web page http://visitprekmurje.com/ or find us on Facebook  and you will be in for a nice surprise! 

If you are planning to visit Prekmurje this autumn...   
In the vast vineyards of Prekmurje, the autumn is the most colourful and lively time of year. Here, wine-growing has a long tradition, and it is passed on from generation to generation. The whole year through, entire families work hard just to harvest the benefits of their work and to fill the barrels with fine wines, which are gaining recognition in the broader region due to their quality. 


In September and early October, relatives, friends and acquaintances gather for the grape harvest. The vineyards are full of happy faces, singing, the sounds of accordion and loud cheers can be heard, nostrils are filled with the pleasant smells of various goodies, and the last litres of last year’s excellent wine are being consumed. Only a few traditional wine presses can still be seen, yet the traditional Prekmurje warm hospitality and generosity still remain. This is also the reason why several tourists and other visitors, who like to hike in the vineyards, get here in the time of the grape harvest. It is very likely that the locals will offer you ‘perec’ (Prekmurje-style bagel), ‘potica’ (rolled bread with walnut, poppy-seed, etc., filling), ‘prekmurska gibanica’ (layered cake with apples, poppy seeds, cottage cheese and walnuts) or ‘bograč’ (Prekmurje-style stew), and proudly pour you a glass of last year’s wine. And, by all means, you should try the fresh must, which will eventually turn into wine. We believe we have provided you with many reasons to visit Prekmurje in the grape harvesting season and we are looking forward to your visit – when you can check all this out by yourself.


Available soon on Visitprekmurje.com
The next application update will bring several new points of interest added to those already presented for individual municipalities, together with their descriptions, photographs and their locations on the interactive map. The most heavily awaited update, of course, will be the VISIT PREKMURJE application for the Android operating system. This will finally bring the VISIT PREKMURJE application to the widest range of smart mobile device users as well. The launching is planned for the beginning of October.


We hope you will enjoy using our application.

The VISIT PREKMURJE Team

Friday, 19 September 2014

Active autumn in Idrija Geopark

Idrija Geopark, which includes the Municipality of Idrija, is an area with exceptional geological features and other natural and cultural heritage, unique to Slovenia. For over 500 years, since the discovery of mercury, the history and development of Idrija and its surroundings have been inseparably linked to mercury mining, and world's second largest mercury mine. This rich heritage of mining (together with Almadén, Spain) is inscribed on UNESCO`s List of World Heritage. 

Anthony`s shaft  (photo-Jani Peternelj); www.visit-idrija.si
Alongside the well-preserved heritage, Idrija and its surroundings offer much more: diverse and unspoilt nature and an abundance of cultural tradition in the town and nearby countryside.

Take a tour along the thematic trails of Idrija Geopark

Idrija Geopark area offers 22 interconnecting thematic cycling and walking trails. In just one day, visitors can cycle and walk a variety of trails and tours and adapt them to their abilities and equipment. Biking and hiking around Idrija Geopark is not just an active leisure experience around Idrija; with a variety of thematic trails highlighting the natural and cultural features of Idrija's distinctive rural areas, even the biggest sports fans will not want to miss out. In addition, there are many rural tourist offers providing genuine local refreshments along the way. All these thematic trails are marked on the free Geopark map.

Idrijske Krnice (photo-Gregor Kacin); www.visit-idrija.si
For those looking for active leisure time activities during the autumn months, we have prepared several exciting packages for the Geopark thematic trails. Packages are suitable for both individuals and families.


PACKAGE »ACTIVE AUTUMN IN IDRIJA GEOPARK «    

1. Day
Arrival at Hostel Idrija and check-in.
Visit the old part of Idrija town

Idrija (Photo - Jani Peternelj); www.visit-idrija.si

2. Day
Visit to the Idrija Municipal Museum at Gewerkenegg Castle 
Visit the Kamšt - an old water pump with the oldest wooden water driven wheel
Walk the Geopark “Along rake” thematic trail
A traditional Idrija lunch 
Cycle tour along the Geopark  “Krniška plateau”  thematic trail 
Dairy products tasting at a local farm - upon request

Idrijski žlikrofi (Photo-Geopark Idrija); www.visit-idrija.si


3. Day
Visit Antony´s Shaft Tourist Mine
Cycle tour along  the Geopark “Vojsko - highest lying village in the region of Primorska” thematic trail
Visit to the Slovenia Partisan Printing Shop
Visit to the WW II partisan burial ground at Vojščica
Visit to Hudournik
Visit to Brdo farm, Brdar waterfall and Gačnik marshes

Bučke( Photo-Gregor Kacin); www.visit-idrija.si

The price for this package is 61.60€ per person for 2 overnights in Youth Hostel Idrija in a double room, all tickets as in the programme, additional charge –  transport (people & luggage), hire of  a tour guide

YOUTH HOSTEL IDRIJA – accommodation for Cyclists and Hikers

The area of Idrija Geopark is a place of many beauties – natural and cultural, exhibitions, galleries etc. To get a feel for the town and its surroundings, we invite you to visit us for a few days, staying overnight at the budget Youth Hostel Idrija. The hostel is beautifully located on a hill offering fine views of the star shaped town valley. Your morning coffee in the heart of the town is just a 5-minute walk away. Youth Hostel Idrija offers double rooms, three- or four-bed rooms, or a group room for 8 people. There are shared bathrooms and toilets.

Youth Hostel Idrija
The hostel provides you with fresh linen and towels, free parking in front of the hostel and free WI-FI at your disposal. 

For cyclists and hikers, the hostel offers: information about Idrija and its surroundings, a secure room for sport equipment, possibilities to hire a cycling or hiking guide, option to hire transport for cyclists and hikers and their equipment.

GEOPARK IDRIJA EVENTS THIS AUTUMN

Pozdrav z Vrhov (Greetings from the Tops in Idrijske Krnice, 27 Sept): Doors Open Day of farm producers and providers from Idrijske Krnice. 

14. Vzpon na Hleviše (the 14th ascend to the Hleviše, 27 Sept): A biking and running event, organised by Tekaško-smučarski klub Idrija (Running-and-skiing club). The trail leads you up the slopes all the way to the mountain hut at the Hleviše hill. 

Življenje nekoč in danes (Living in the past and now, Kanomlja, 28 Sept): Doors Open Day at Šturmajce homestead in Kanomlja and workshops connected to autumn farming activities as well as to life style of the past times. 

Sklekljana pravljica (Fairy tale made of lace, Idrija, 30 Sept): Fairy tale telling for pre-school children together with a creative workshop. 

V srebrnem mestu so njihove sledi (In the mercury town their traces have remained, Idrija, 30 Sept): a literary evening by Literarno društvo Ris (literary association) about personalities that have left their own and unique traces in Idrija and its history. 

Muzej v šoli (A museum in school, Črni Vrh nad Idrijo, 1 Oct): Opening of an exhibition with a public guided tour together with Črni Vrh nad Idrijo primary school pupils. 

Srečanje z geološko zgodovino ob reki Idrijci (Meeting the geological past along the Idrijca river, Idrija, 1 Oct): An exhibition of the colourful geological features along the Idrijca river and a workshop of decorative stone polishing in the Anthony's Shaft entrance building. 

Plonkanje od A do Ž (Cheating off A to Z, Idrija, 2 Oct): Exhibition and presentation of the research paper on cheating off in the Municipal museum Idrija. 

Pekov figov kruh (Baker's fig bread, Spodnja Idrija, 3 Oct): Dramatisation and fig bread baking workshop, organised by Spodnja Idrija primary school and Fara tourist association. 

Godovič in 1. sv. vojna (Godovič and WW1, Godovič, 3 Oct): Guided tour of the unfinished railway tunnel, a film presentation and an exhibition. 

2. vzpon za pokal Tanje Žakelj (The 2nd Tanja Žakelj Ascend, Spodnja Idrija, 4 Oct): Biking and running ascend from Spodnja Idrija to Ledine. Named after Tanja Žakelj, a local from Ledine, a several time World, European and National mountain biking champion. 

Pridelava in predelava lanu na Črnovrški planoti (Flax grown and treated on the Črni Vrh plateau, Črni Vrh nad Idrijo, 4 Oct): Presentation of the traditional ways of treating flax using so-called flax caves and the beginning of the revival of the old traditions shown in pictures. 

Ljudje v gibanju (People in movement, Idrija, 4 Oct): photography workshop with professional photographer Iztok Bončina. 

Visit Idrija Geopark and discover the never-ending creative power of nature and human mind. Enjoy fresh air, magnificent views, our hospitality and interesting stories, created by nature and by the people who live here.

We welcome you!


More informations:
Mestni trg 2, 5280 Idrija
+386 (0)5 37 43 916

Thursday, 18 September 2014

The Jesenice circle tour

We cordially invite all travellers who intend to spend a few days at the Bledec Hostel in Bled or at the Nika Hostel in Kranjska Gora to pay a visit to Jesenice as well – the town of steel and flowers. The town brings together a story of both man and nature. A story of steel-hard will and the enrapturing aroma of daffodils, which cover the fields above the valley in May with countless white buds. Why not take a walk with us along the circular tour and let history take you on a journey through time.



Stara Sava (1) is an old ironworks and residential settlement. Today, it is protected and considered a unique area of technical cultural heritage (the Bucelleni-Ruard Manor from the 16th century, the Church of the Assumption dating from the start of the 17th century, the Kasarna workers' residential building from the end of the 18th century, the blast furnace and its chimney, a puddling furnace or “pudlovka” that was used to produce iron for forging, the Kolpern – a former storage for charcoal – as well as the artificial wooden water channel called the “raka” and the mill from the 19th century).

  
We can visit an interesting museum housed in the castle and get to know the daily life of the ironworkers, miners and charcoal makers. We can have a look around the Kolpern, which has now become a modern banquet hall hosting the renowned Stara Sava wedding fair (in February). We can also pay a visit to Kasarna and relive the 1930s by walking through a re-constructed worker's apartment. This unique setting is also perfect for a lesson in making barley coffee. Mmm, it smells great and it's just like the coffee our mums used to make all those years ago. Just add some bread to a galvanized cup and you're transported back to your childhood.


The Jesenice Chimney, which rises 75 m into the air, was constructed for the Jesenice Ironworks. Today, it is an important technical landmark that towers above the centre of the town, a remnant of the once mighty ironworks dominating the entire valley. Let's stop for a moment, gaze into the sky and take in the powerful impression created by this man-made object. 

At the roundabout, facing the Jesenice Municipal Building (the former headquarters of the Jesenice Ironworks) stands a two-and-a-half meter high statue of a foundry worker (2) made from stainless steel and dedicated to the ironworker profession.


A walk through a chestnut avenue, past the Partizan gymnastic society, brings us to Čufar Square (3), which affords a wonderful view of the Zgornja Sava Valley. Any artist would be filled with inspiration looking at the sunset from this vantage point. The nearby Gimnazija Jesenice (4), the Jesenice secondary school, was built according to the plans of the architect Rudolf Petz in 1914. The front façade has five reliefs depicting boys representing different crafts. The square is given further historical significance by the Kino Železar (a cinema) and the Tone Čufar Theatre. The best-known theatrical event of the season is the Amateur Theatre Festival – the Čufar Days, which takes place in November.


We then pass the Dolik exhibition gallery (5), which hosts the work of local artists, and a one-storey villa designed by the architect Albert Valli (the children like to call it the Villa Villekulla due to its singular appearance), and the Culinary house Ejga (6) to arrive at the former Korotan hotel. The hotel is especially interesting because of the statue of St. John; the locals often wonder just what it is that he is carrying: a loaf of bread, a cheese or a small barrel. Walking past the buildings in what were the most beautiful and richest streets in old Jesenice for many years, we arrive at the Hotel Pošta building. From here, we take the steps to the Church of St. Lenart (7), which was first mentioned in the year 1460.

Murova (8) is a town located on the Mirce hillside. The settlement was first mentioned in 1469. According to reports, we know that the first houses were made of wood. Some are preserved to this day. From here, we can take the Old Mining Path (Stara rudna pot) to the Shrine of St. Barbara (9), which would lead us all the way to Savske jame in Planina pod Golico. However, on this occasion we take the street down to the Kos Manor (10). It was built in 1521 by Sigismund (Žiga) of Dietrichstein. It was then bought in 1812 by the merchant Frančišek Pavel Kos, who also had it restored. Today, it houses a wedding hall – a splendid space used for exhibitions and cultural events.


We can see part of Jesenice's sporting side in the museum, while the other part is apparent when we look at some of the town buildings. The underpass leading to a true sporting beauty – the Podmežakla Hockey Stadium (11) – still rings with the sounds of fans flocking to see derbies between the teams of Acroni and Olimpija. This is one of the symbols of the eternal rivalry between the towns of Jesenice and Ljubljana; the walls of the sports halls have memories of many a bloody match between the red and green jerseys. This beautiful sports building was refurbished for the 2013 Eurobasket, which was hosted by the town. The entire area around the stadium is dedicated to the athletic park, which is a popular recreation spot for the inhabitants of Jesenice.


After taking a tour of the stadium, we take Herman's Bridge (12) and cross the Sava River. The bridge is named after the former “Pri Hermanu” inn. We end the five kilometre journey right where we started – at Stara Sava. 




Cesta maršala Tita 18 
4270 Jesenice 
T: +386 4 586 31 78

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

An active holiday in Moravske Toplice

An active holiday in Youth Hostel Murska Sobota with a visit to Moravske Toplice and its surroundings.


In the heart of Europe and head of Slovenia is the region Prekmurje. Murska Sobota, as a regional center, offers accommodation in the Youth Hostel Murska Sobota, which is an excellent base for exploring the tourist attractions of the region. Less than ten kilometers from Murska Sobota, you can find Moravske Toplice, the famous spa with healing water springs. Smell the black gold on your skin with two unique spas, Terme 300 and Terme Vivat, where the black thermal mineral water vivaciously bubbles from the ground. Moravske Toplice serves as a popular departure point for recreational ventures along the flat, but also hilly land of the Goričko landscape. The tourist attractions of Moravske Toplice and nearby places are presented under the trademark Moravske Toplice.


Ride and hike
The vastness of the Prekmurje region is suitable for cycling, hiking and Nordic walking for recreation enthusiasts as well as professionals. 11 themed hiking trails, 10 cycling routes, 2 cycling marathons and a brand new trim trail await you in Moravske Toplice!



Taste Prekmurje
The harmony of delicious food and quality wine are found at the tourist farms, wineries and inns in Moravske Toplice and its surroundings. There are local novelties waiting for you, such as the chocolate shop Passero and the produce of local manufacturers and farmers such as pumpkin oil, pumpkin seeds, grape marmalade and honey. The providers of local food are listed in the brochure “The Cuisine in Moravske Toplice and its surroundings”, which can be found at the Tourist Information Centre Moravske Toplice.


Don’t miss the local crafts
Visit the Pottery Village in Filovci, a producer and seller of mead, Jožica Celec and the country cheese dairy in Ratkovci. Other products with the certificate ‘’art craft’’ are to be found at the tourist market in Moravske Toplice. Lovers of architectural heritage will discover the Romanesque Rotunda in Selo, the Plečnik church in Bogojina, the Church of St. Martin in Martjanci and the open air museums Magda’s House in Filovci and Časar’s Mill in Berkovci.

Lončarstvo Filovci, foto Luka Esenko; www.moravske-toplice.com 
Recreational routes Murska Sobota – Moravske Toplice and surroundings
Presented on the “Pleasure way” map are already existing hiking and bicycles routes in Moravske Toplice and its surrounding as well as the new circular cycling route, which is 42 km long. More information about the route can also be found on the map. Get your copy in the TIC Moravske.



EVENTS
September – September Tourist Market, Thursday – Saturday, 17.00, Moravske Toplice
20 September – Vegetable day, Ivanci 
31 October - 2 November – Potato Tourist Market, Moravske Toplice
8 November - 15th Martin Hike, Martjanci – Moravske Toplice-Martjanci 

The 15th Martin Hike event is a traditional St. Martin's adventure involving recreation and entertainment in celebration of “new” wine. More information about the event can be found here: www.moravske-toplice.com


Information about the complete tourist offer and events is available at TIC Moravske Toplice in the center of Moravske Toplice (near the post office). A branch of TIC Moravske Toplice, is TIC Selo, which offers guided tours inside the Romanesque Rotunda. 

Kranjčeva 3
9226 Moravske Toplice
T: 02 538 15 20

Friday, 12 September 2014

In Velenje we have a new town promenade, Pippi Longstocking Festival, and more…

Velenje, with its surroundings and renewed city center, offers a variability of options, for all who love nature, culture and events. If you like lying around along the riverbank, reading a book with the sound of water babbling, dipping your feet in the water, or eating ice cream under the trees, Velenje is the right choice for you. 

Velenje (Author: Pirtovšek Gregor);  www.velenje-tourism.si/en
With the renovation of the promenade, the city got a modern and attractive place for walking, meetings and socializing. The new city promenade accentuates and exploits natural qualities of the space. It represents a new and modern urban equipment that compliments the renovation.  

The difference between “before” and “after” is more than noticeable. With the construction of a new two-storey parking garage with140 parking spaces, 3 business premises and public toilets, an easier access to the services of the Health Center Velenje is enabled.

The old promenade of Velenje city, which was constructed in the middle seventies of the 20th century, due to outdated equipment, needed an urban renovation. Its previous image was degraded due to the deposit of materials and outdated urban equipment, where with time, the building entrances started to lose their identity. 

Velenje (Author: Kambič Miran);  www.velenje-tourism.si/en
A few months of fence around the area, noise, dust, machinery on footpaths, and more, were worth the patience. The Mayor of the Municipality of Velenje Bojan Kontič, officially opened the renewed promenade on 22nd August 2014. 

Velenje, with its improved image, offers numerous projects for encouragement and development of tourism, and is becoming a recognizable regional destination. As a city with numerous interesting events, special architecture, rich cultural heritage and infinitive options for recreation and active leisure, it attracts more and more visitors every year. A lot of attention is paid to young generations.  

Youth center Velenje has been organizing the Festival of young cultures Kunigunda, every year in August, for more than 15 years. A witch from the Velenje castle attracts the creators of cultural events of various genres. The city hosts a variety of concerts, performances, exhibitions, digital installations, musical, creative and sports workshops, lectures, panel discussions and social meetings.. The events are mostly free, as the Festival’s goal is to introduce as many cultural events as possible which are fascinating mostly for young people. Although the Kunigunda Festival this year has just finished, you are invited to Velenj next year, when  Kunigunda will be with us again, in the last week of August. More information: www.kunigunda.si/en/


As Velenje is a young city, special attention is paid to children. From 21st to 27th September, we are hosting Pippi Longstocking in our city. Two red braids, freckles on the chicks and the nose, colorful socks and oversize shoes - that is Pippi! The Pippi who has won the hearts of all around the world. One week a year, everything in our city is about her! She is “in charge” of Velenje each year in September. For over two decades, it has been possible to meet this girl in colorful clothes on the largest children’s festival in Slovenia. For one week, when Pippi takes command of the city, children’s imagination gets bigger and bigger. The girl, who doesn’t want to grow up, invites her little friends to numerous exhibitions, workshops and adventures. More information: www.pikinfestival.si/en/

Pippi Longstocking (Author: Ksenija Mikor);  www.velenje-tourism.si/en
For all of you, who will decide to bring your children to the largest children’s festival in Slovenia, we have prepared a special offer for a relaxing, fun and unforgettable family weekend in Velenje. More information: www.velenje-tourism.si/en/ 

If you want to stay in Velenje, we recommend spending the night in Youth Hostel Velenje, which lies 500 m away from the city center and near the bus stop. Completely renewed building has 58 beds; from 2 to 6 beds per room. One part of the Hostel is adjusted for disabled people. Guests can spend their free time in the Youth center, which is located in the same building. Free Internet access.

Youth Hostel Velenje
You can go around the city by a free city bus LOKALC (you will recognize it, by his bright yellow color), but if you want to be even more environmentally friendly, we are offering you a special system for renting bikes. It’s called BICY, and the registration and its use are completely free. 

For all information on events and activities, you are welcome to visit the Tourist Information center in Vila Bianca.  

You are kindly invited to Velenje!

VILLA BIANCA
Stari trg 3
SI-3320 Velenje
Telephone: 03 8961 860

Monday, 8 September 2014

In Kranjska Gora are waiting for you

In Kranjska Gora and its surroundings the lively adventures of the Julian Alps are waiting for you. The Zgornjesavska valley offers you genuine contact with nature. The pleasant temperatures and the fresh mountain air guarantee pleasure at discovering the countless sights of the valley.

Hiking (Arhiv LTO Kranjska Gora); www.kranjska-gora.si
Hiking is one of the most popular forms of enjoying an active holiday. There are enough trails for everyone, ranging from the easiest recreational strolls to the demanding Alpine tours which require experience, suitable mountaineering or climbing equipment and the assistance of a mountain guide. There are instructors available and walking sticks to be rented for the popular version of a simple walk – the Nordic walk.

The hiker’s map of the Zgornjesavska valley shows, describes and suggested hiking trails. There are 20 well-kept and sign-posted trails to be found on the map. The hiker’s map can be obtained from all tourist information offices of Kranjska Gora, Mojstrana and Rateče.

Family cycling ( Arhiv LTO Kranjska Gora); www.kranjska-gora.si
A faster and more active way of enjoying the charms of Kranjska Gora and its surrounding is by bike. You can decide on a leisurely pedalling or on more demanding trips into the heart of the Alpine valleys. For this reason, we have prepared a map of cycling trips in the Zgornjesavska valley, which shows over 200 kilometres of cycling tracks. The map illustrates many well-worth seeing sights and provides the most thorough and perhaps the most attractive way of getting to know this particular part of Slovenia. The cycling map can be obtained from all tourist information offices of Kranjska Gora, Mojstrana and Rateče.

You can sweat and get a suntan on the steep slopes of the Karavanke mountain range. The cycling trail of the three countries starting on the three-country border with Austria and Italy allows you to pass through the valley of Radovna and go for a quick visit of Bled. You can leave the well-kept cycling trails and explore numerous rough terrain routes. The genuine cyclers will not let the ascent of the highest Slovene mountain pass, the 1611 metres high Vršič, escape them.

Mountain biking ( Arhiv LTO Kranjska Gora, foto Iztok Noč); www.kranjska-gora.si
You can take a cycle trip around the Julian Alps with the round trip leading from Kranjska Gora via Bled, Bohinj, Tolmin, Kobarid, Bovec and Vršič back to Kranjska Gora. This cycle ride, a round trip of 232 kilometres, can be completed either in five separate stages or on five separate days.

For those looking for their surge of adrenalin, Kranjska Gora offers the Bike Park and its numerous pleasures – freeriding, the adrenaline-filled freeriding over jumps, tables, seesaws and other obstacles. Take the Vitranc 1 ski lift to come to the start of the Bike Park and experience the ride of your life.

Bike park Kranjska Gora (Arhiv LTO Kranjska Gora, foto Matjaž Vidmar): www.kranjska-gora.si
You can rent various bikes to explore the attractions surrounding Kranjska Gora and enjoy seeing nature up close. If you prefer, you can hire a guide who will take you on an organised bike ride.

The important representative of Youth tourism in Kranjska Gora is Youth hostel Nika.10 minutes from the center of the tourist village Kranjska Gora, where the nature on the banks of river Sava opens its view toward the snow covered peaks of Alps, stand this beautiful hostel Nika. Hostel Nika has 2-8 bedded rooms, with the option of private rooms with a bath, a common area, restaurant and the possibility of meals, laundry, bicycle or ski rental and internet access. Hostel is suitable for all generations; young backpackers, large groups, families or more mature explorers. 


Kolodvorska 1c, SI – 4280 Kranjska Gora
+386 (0)4 580 94 40

Friday, 5 September 2014

A fairy tale walk through Brezice

In Brezice a »dwarf squirrel« Gvido, which lives in the town park, takes you on a fairy tale walk. Dwarf Gvido does not like the daily bustle of the city, but the town Brežice and its sightseeings he will be happy to introduce you.


He will take you around the old city center, tell you stories about dwarfs, which each morning open the water tower, dwarfs, which still live in the castle Brezice and about the evil dwarfs which lived in the German house.  In the park, which is located at Mc hostel Brezice, you will be able to exercise with Gvido and watch the shadows of dwarfs in the former castle stables.


Gvido has prepared two packages for a fairy tale walk and rest in his favourite hostel - Mc hostel Brezice:

Gvido's package 1 includes accommodation in a 2 - bed room, breakfast and a guided tour - A fairy tale walk through Brežice. The price is 21 € per person. Children under 12 years of age have accommodation and breakfast for free. 

Gvidov's package 2 includes accommodation in a 6 - bed room, breakfast and a guided tour - A fairy tale walk through Brežice. The price is 18€ per person. Children under 12 years of age have accommodation and breakfast for free.


A guided tour includes a walk with dwarf's mascot, animation, a booklet with tasks and a creative workshop for children in the Town Hall Brežice and wine tasting adults. Duration of the guided tour is 2 hours and takes place the first Saturday of the month.

For additional information and reservation you contact us on hostel@mc-brezice.si or telefon number : + 386 (0) 59083797.

Take a fairy tale walk with you family and find the child in you and together with Gvido and his interesting stories, pranks and educational tasks, get to know a little town Brežice.


Gubčeva 10a
8250 Brežice
+386 (0)5 908 37 90

Thursday, 4 September 2014

You need to visit Portorož & Piran


The Piran Coastal Galleries have been hosting the international painting festival Ex-tempore since 1965 and the international ceramics event Ex-tempore since 1999. Until the 6th of September visitors can look at the works of art that are exhibited on Tartini Square, in the Minorite Monastery and as well as in the Tartini House in Piran.

More info about the programme: http://ow.ly/B5bWL  


If you are a film fan you can visit the 17th traditional Slovenian Film Festival that will take place in Avditorij Portorož from 10th until 14th of September. The Slovenian Film Festival is a cultural and business event, a meeting place for filmmakers, film enthusiasts, experts and business partners. This is a four-day annual event with the screening of full-length films, documentaries and short films. It features press conferences, expert and business meetings and concludes with the presentation of the Vesna Awards.

More info about the programme: www.fsf.si/2014/ 


The bronze sculptures “She and He and the Crucified” by the academic sculptor Jakov Brdar will be exhibited in Piran until the 31st of October 2014. She, 2.8 meters tall, and He, 2.65 meters tall, are exhibited on the protection wall of the Piran pier, whereas the 3.7-meter-long statue of the Crucifix can be seen in the church of Our Lady of Health in Punta.

More information about the exhibition: http://ow.ly/B5bSS 



For a relaxed way of discovering of Portorož & Piran we suggest you to choose a cousy, but comfort accomodation and Hostel Panorama Portorož is the right place. The hostel is situated on the highest point abov Portorož and it offers a beautiful view to the Bay of Portorož. It has about 70 beds in fully furnished apartments with kitchen, bathrooms, terraces or balconies. Apartments include two to four bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, kitchen, a terrace or a balcony with beautiful sea and landscape view. The hostel has 13 fully equipped kitchens and 21 shower enclosures. The ground floor has a big stone atrium where you can relax, enjoy your stay or have a picnic. 

More info: http://ow.ly/B5c8k 



Obala 16, 6320 Portorož 
Tel.: +386 (0)5 6748 263