Thursday, 6 October 2016

Ajdovščina in the month when the leaves turn red and yellow

Youth Center and Hostel Ajdovščina is a place where you will never be bored. HIŠA MLADIH – HOUSE OF YOUTH is located in the „green“ part of the town where you have everything at your fingertips. In the vicinity there is a Sports Park and many hiking and biking trails. You can  rent a bike in hostel and take a ride to discover the beauty of our small town and its surrounding. House of Youth is the center of cultural creation and socializing. Numerous exhibitions, workshops, entertainment and music events are being hosted here.

Events in October in the Youth Center&Hostel and its vicinity:

•     5th – 15th of October: Culture Days in Lokavec: During the week of European cultural heritage, several events will be organized in small village of Lokavec : presentations, exhibitions, organized traditional hiking trip ... in order to learn about our technical, cultural and natural heritage.
•   6th, 13th of October: At the premises of the House of Youth: Workshop of the analogue photography with the photographer Klemen Bizjak, will be held. At the end of the workshop the photographs will be exhibited at the house's gallery.

•    8th of OctoberFarmers Market in the old town center, where you can buy all seasonal local delicacies produced by our farmers.
•    8th, 9th of October: Octoberfest 2016: Beer Festival with a concert of two bands: S.A.R.S. + Nera. Music group S.A.R.S. is a unique combination of pop, rock, reggae, hip-hop and blues music that perfectly combines the elements of traditional Serbian folk music. Their best known hit song "Budjav lebac", made them famous all over the Balkan region, where they regularly perform in clubs and festivals.
•    15th of October: The House of Youth continues with regular stand-up comedy evenings in the company of the best Slovenian comedians, and those little less familiar, but so very talented. On Saturday 15.10.2016 the stage of the Bar Hiša Mladih, will be occupied by young comedians: Eva Virc, Admir Baltić and Rok Kniflc. All three excellent speakers, that will make you laugh to tears!
•    2nd – 27th of October: The Pilon Gallery: Veno Pilon, Beginnings - 22. 9. 2016 passed 120 years since the birth of the local painter&photographer Veno Pilon. The exhibition is dedicated to his early period, which was formed in Gorizia (Italy) high school between 1910 and 1915. In October, the gallery is organizing an open guided tour of the exhibition, lectures, debates, children's art workshops,...



We will meet in the Youth Hostel Ajdovščina, from where the experienced team will take us to explore the Slovenia's hidden wine gem - Vipava Valley. We will visit two wine cellars, meet with two local winemakers, and learn about the production of wine. We will pamper you with a tasting of unique wines and local delicacies. An evening full of relaxed atmosphere in good company with singing and a glass of excellent wine is waiting for us! On the next morning - after a good cup of coffe, we will start our trip by uncovering the most beautiful tales of Ajdovščina. Traces of life from the Roman times, narrow streets of the old town center and ancient long coexistence of the resilient locals with the famous Bora wind are the heart and soul of the town. On your way to Vipava, a stop in the village of Vipavski Križ is a must. We will stroll through the medieval streets, squares and take the time to see its attractions. After a stop-over in Vipavski Križ we head to a delightful little town of Vipava, which is also called “Slovene Venice” due to its numerous bridges crossing the river of Vipava. Following the tour of Vipava, we head to one of the nearby villages, where we end our trip, tasting the best wine and dishes from local winemakers. After a refreshing stop we will return in the Youth Hostel Ajdovščina.

Weekend package in Youth hostel Ajdovščina:

•   overnight stay  with late breakfast
•   guided cycling tour through the most beautiful wine roads, wine tasting with light lunch (duration approx. 4-5 hours)
•   exploring the  two typical wine cellars and meeting with winemakers and learning about the culture of wine (duration approx. 5 hours)
•    wine tasting & sampling (5 samples), Slovenian tapas with delicious local home-made food in each cellar
Price: EUR 129/person (min. 4 people)

The price includes: guided clycling tour,  the organization and running of the entertaining food and wine tasting, animation, transport. For the implementation of the program requires prior booking. We are happy to tailor programmes to meet guests' wishes (duration, difficulty). We reserve the right to adjust prices.

Mladinski hotel Ajdovščina, 
T.: + 386 (0)5 368 93 83
M.: + 386 (0)41 945 392

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Keeping warm on Slovenian coast for less than 30 £

Just like birds, people tend to plan spending the coldest time of the year somewhere warm and cosy. Even if that means going to the sauna.  But some not only think about it but also plan a least a quick trip in the winter time.

Slovenia is not one those places you would choose to warm up. As a matter of fact, for some visitors it can be even colder than their mother land. But it definitely is pretty and welcoming and most important of it all, it has a coast. So why not plan a nice long trip to the Slovenian coast, where you can fill your lungs with fresh sea air, rest your eyes at the endless blue water and discover tiny picturesque allies, where you can find yourself just by getting lost. And also hide from the typical bone-cutting bora wind.

@Author - Barbara Kožar;
Ryanair offers flights from London Stansted to Trieste and in December, for example from 2nd until the 12th of December, you can book a return trip for nothing more than a 30 £. Sure Trieste is not in Slovenia but actually in Italy, but a 47 minute ride to Koper, Slovenia’s biggest coastal town, is definitely worth it. And with that you can also check two countries off your travelling bucket list.
So, what to see and what to do on the Slovenian coast, besides endless romantic, even solo romantic strolls down the beach, some brave winter time skinny dipping and warming up with the mulled wine at the pre-Christmas markets? 

@Author - Matej Vranič;
Well, first of all, you can visit previously mentioned Koper, where you can discover the old town and be amazed by the fact, that this city that is nowadays known for its international port was once actually an island. Using the very functional public transportation you can than discover the nearby small towns such as Ankaran or Strunjan, or get seduced by even bigger coastal cities, Portorož and Piran. Whereas Piran will charm you with its unique architecture and appearance, Portorož as a vibrant, some may call party destination, will offer you a numerous  highly ranked hotels and casinos where you can spend your time or just walk by and look the other way, a the restless waves, fighting the bora wind. 

@Author - Barbara Kožar;
Either way, if the five star hotels are just not your thing, you can check-in in one of the coastal Hostelling International hostels. You will find one in almost every city mentioned. In Koper you can book a stay in hostel Histria, in Piran the roof over your head offer you youth hostels Piran and Pirano and in Portorož you can find a place to rest and to meet new people in youth hostel Portorož


Harvest the oldest vine tree in the world for 19,00 Euros

Was your everlasting childhood dream to harvest the wine grapes from the oldest vine tree in the world and not spend a lot of money doing just that? No? Well, no surprise, if you are not one of the leading wine producers in the world. Then you probably already have your private plane on standby to take you to this amazing Slovenian event. But if the budget is a word you use regularly in your everyday language, than this is just the article for you. 

@Old wine festival in Maribor;
Because getting around with just a handful of money is not a fairy-tale any more. Not even if you own a pumpkin that turns into a carriage. There are a lot of cheap ways and means of transportation that will get you to such an exotic country as Slovenia. And this Alpe-Adria jewel is definitely inviting you to participate in an unique autumn experience. 

While every wine growing region in the world offers this and that to do and to experience in this wine'o'full time of the year, Štajerska, a very wine growing region in Slovenia, has a one of a kind event to offer. In the second largest city in Slovenia, in Maribor, grows the oldest vine tree specimen in the world. It is over 400 years old and still produces enough grapes to organize a big, meaningful event. With its own museum in the Old Vine House and countless biking and hiking paths through the wine regions surrounding the city of Maribor, there is plenty to do in autumn. Among the other exciting things in Maribor, of course. So why not decide and say to yourself: ''Let’s visit Maribor!''

@ Author - Nea Culpa;
And just how can you do that? If plane is getting a very every day experience for you, why not try and travel by bus? With extremely cheap bus ticket for only 19, 00 Euros, you can hop on a Flixbus in Vienna just after lunch and be in Maribor in the late afternoon. And that is when the fun begins. The Old Vine Festival between 2nd October and 11th November 2016 will certainly satisfy the autumn traveller in you, but Maribor is nice in every season.

@ Author - Matej Vranič;
And the best of all, you can use your knowledge of the ''budget'' word and spend your nights in one of the Hostelling International hostels such as hostel UNI, Pekarna and Ruše. Enough said, written and read. Now there is nothing left for you than to book a bus ticket and hop on your very own adventure to Alpe-Adria’s beautiful Slovenia!