Cycling in the Julian Alps for 1 week
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Apr 9, 2012 12:35 PM Last Post By: Fedr
Aug 31, 2011 8:50 AM
Cycling in the Julian Alps for 1 weekHi, I'm heading to Slovenia for a week on a bicycle trip around the Julian Alps. Here is the route I came up with basically:
Is it really hard to do in a week? Should I avoid some part of the route? I'm in good shape but, of course, I'm not a pro. I was told better to avoid the Vrsic Pass in the direction Trenta - Kranjska Gora and do it the other way around.
Are there plenty of campings along the way?
If anybody has suggestions of places to see on the way, just tell me!
Edited by: Joseshka
Aug 31, 2011 1:09 PM
1It's nice rout, but I would make some changes. On some roads you can't ride bike.
1. Between Ljubljana and Kranj: Before leaving Ljubljana turn towards Tacen, go through Sp. and Zg. Pirnče. In Medvode turn again towards Smlednik, Mavčiče and so on to Kranj, al the way on the right bank of Sava river.
2. At the point 48 at Mošnje turn towards Zapuže, Lesce and continue to Bled.
3. From Bled to Kranjska gora I recommend you to go through Radovna valley and avoid Jesenice, it is nothing there to see (on the map you have Radovna and the village Zgornja Radovna - it is a nice alpine valley, nice views, road is not paved, but still very nice, if you have time and energy you can turn to Vrata valley from Mojstrana, even nicer alpine valley, Peričnik waterfall, north face of Mt. Triglav and much more, there is mountain hut in case you want to spend the night there)
4. Vršič is not such a hard pass to climb, you stop few times to take a look around, visit Russian chapel,...
5. Before you come to Bovec turn right and ride some 2 or 3 km to Kluže fortress.
6. If you don't want to ride and climb Soriška planina on the way to Bohinj, you can take a train from Most na Soči and Bohinjska Bistrica and you are in Bohinj in about 1 hour. Rather save an energy and go to Savica waterfall
7. From Škofja Loka to Ljubljana: Take the road folowing the river Sora. You go through Pungert, Sora, Goričane, Vaše, Medno, Stanežiče and Gunclje. Less traffic, I think there is even a part, where cycling is not allowed.
That's it. Hope it helps.
Aug 31, 2011 1:17 PM
Aug 31, 2011 3:25 PM
Sep 1, 2011 3:35 AM
4I got one more question. I'm considering not carrying the tent with me, I'd get rid of 2 extra kg. Do you think it's possible to find accommodation along the way, without exceeding too much the price of a camping? I read there's people who rent out rooms in private houses and so on, I just don't know how I would find them! Would they give me that information at a tourist office, for example? By the way, why isn't it possible to ride bikes on those roads? Are they motorways or what? I can't find some places you said actually ))
Edited by: Joseshka
Sep 1, 2011 11:48 AM
5Everywhere you have camping sites, you also have rooms. Bled, Bohinj, Kranjska gora and Bovec are tourist places, there are info offices in all towns and the best way is to ask there. They have sites also on the internet and they will help you:
Kranjska gora: http://www.kranjska-gora.si/Home
Kobarid and Tolmin: http://www.dolina-soce.com/locations-i-en/items/tolmin.html
Škofja Loka: http://www.skofjaloka.info/index.php?lang=en
You also have lot of tourist farms all around Slovenia. Lot of info also about accommodation you can find on http://www.slovenia.info/?lng=2. I don't know when you plan to go, but in autumn some camping sites might be already closed. And the price for privat room in not much higher than for camping.
About the roads....it is not a motor way, but it is one of the main roads and it is for motor vehicles only. And it is also not attractive. Beter go through villages. Less traffic and more pleasant ride.
And all the villages you can find on the map you added a link. Just enlarge it a bit.
If you have some more questions just ask.
Sep 3, 2011 3:02 AM
6By the way, do you know what weather I can expect? I know it's mountainous terrain, which means SURE rain, but is September a specially rainy month up in the Julian Alps? How cold it can get? If you know some website where I could check the weather, like the National Meteorology's or something, it'd come in handy!
Sep 7, 2011 4:34 AM
7September doesn't necessary mean rain. In recent years in September is nicer weather than in August. But you never know. Check here http://meteo.arso.gov.si/met/en/. Aladin is quite precise, but only for three days ahead.
Sep 9, 2011 4:16 AM
8Thank you so much, again. I'll check it out once I'm there regularly. This is the final route I drew. Do you think it's worthwhile getting to Austria through that road and cycle around the mountain to make my way back to Ljubliana? I don't even know if there's campsites or towns in this part of Slovenia where to stop along the way, since I'm also entering Austria for a little while.
Apr 9, 2012 12:35 PM
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