The undulating, heavily forested Notranjska (‘Inner Carniola’) region – which encompasses Postojna and Predjama – is full of woodlands, castles, caves, and sinkholes created by ‘disappearing’ rivers and lakes. Its isolated setting has spawned some of Slovenia’s most cherished myths and legends, notably that of the Turk-slayer Martin Krpan, made famous in Fran Levstik’s book of the same name.
The region has recently been repackaged and promoted as the ‘Green Karst’ (Zeleni Kras; www.zelenikras.si) – it’s an apt name, as this is a peaceful rural pocket that flies under the radar of most travellers’ attention. This may change, when word spreads about its natural beauty, friendly tourist farms – and bear-spotting potential.
Access is easy from Postojna, the hub of the region; exploration is best with your own transport