Friday, 26 June 2015

Splashing into summer

Wondering why you'd take your group to Slovenia during the summer heat? We invite you to check out the clip »Why Slovenia?« and you'll stop wondering and start planning the group trip. This time we'll present 6 Slovenian youth hostels that will offer not only quality bedding and food at affordable prices, but also cooling and relaxation for the summer months – weather in spas, rivers, lakes or in the sea, which are all located near the hostels. We promise you, your group members will not be disappointed by the beauty Slovenia has to offer – and the won’t get hungry or hot either.

If you love lakes, we invite you to head for Bohinj and if you’re coming from the direction of Ljubljana, you should stop at Bled along the way. The Lake Bled is among the most beautiful lakes on the face of the planet. Continuing to Bohinj, you can stop at Hostel Koča Suha, which is part of the Hostel pod Voglom, and has its own beach at the shore of Lake Bohinj. Apart from cooling off in the lake, while being surrounded by pristine forests, you will also have the possibility of spending active holidays. The hostel collaborates with the Pac Sport agency, which offers many adrenalin activities and fun. If in the Drava Valley, you should not miss out on the Water park Radlje ob Dravi, which is the first natural bathing lake in Slovenia. It is using nature to balance the biological self-defence mechanism – in other words it utilises natural systems for biological purification of the water, with no added chemicals. If you would like to enjoy this ECO friendly option, we invite you to Radlje, where you can also find great accommodation at the Hostel Marenberg. They’ll make sure you’ll be welcome in a friendly environment and their own restaurant will also make sure, you will not go hungry. But if you prefer a more active sport fun, we invite you to the Thermal Spa in Ptuj. They offer four outdoor swimming pools with waves and slides. You can also stay at the Hostel Poetovio, which is part of the high school dorm, so they are very used to receiving and servicing large groups and feature their own kitchen. In the pots of the skilled cooks you will find many local specialities. If however you crave even more excitement, we suggest a water fun park Aqualuna with 3.000 square meters of water surfaces, featuring attractions such as artificial waves, water slides and curves. And exactly 200 meters away is the Hostel Podčetrtek, which is also just 100m from the rail station. As the hostel tends to get full quickly we suggest booking way in advance. But there’s no real summer without the sea! That’s why we’re inviting you to the Hostel Portorož, located at the highest point in the vicinity, offering great view of the Slovenian, Croatian and Italian coast along the Northern Adriatic Sea. Hostel is so big you can play hide-and-seek (and it will be a challenge for the seeker). It features free parking where you can also come with a bus, after exploring the country. And as the sixth destination, let us suggest Bovec, which offers the crystal clear waters of River Soča and many exciting water activates (canyoning, rafting, hydrospeed, kayak, and many more). As a HI member you get extra discounts on all sporting activities offered by local agencies. You can read more about it HERE. And you can spend your nights at the Hostel Bovec, which also offers you to book the entire hostel for your group exclusively.

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