Introduction

The truncated province of Koroška is essentially just three valleys bounded by the Pohorje Massif to the east; the last of the Karavanke peaks, Mt Peca, to the west; and the hills of Kobansko to the north. Most visitors whizz through the region en route to Austria, but if you're a hiker or cyclist then the countryside around here – particularly the eastern edge of the Pohorje range – is worth checking out if you have time up your sleeve.

The Drava Valley runs east to west and includes the towns of Dravograd, Muta and Vuzenica. The Mežica and Mislinja valleys fan out from the Drava; the former is an industrial area with such towns as Ravne na Koroškem, Prevalje and Črna na Koroškem, while the latter’s main centre is Slovenj Gradec.